"They came out with a lot of fire," Chiefs coach Andy Reid said of his team in Sunday's win in Denver, via quotes from the Chiefs. "And I thought, kind of took the fight to them, which was important against that crew. That crew has the tendency to play through the whistle and do their thing. But I thought our guys handled that well."
The Broncos playing after the whistle isn't a surprise to anyone. The whole league knows it based on Von Miller's personal foul stats alone.
"We had some incidents in the last game that we played them that we saw firsthand, so within the whistle, within the rules, you want to make sure that you don't allow those things to happen," Reid said.
The Chiefs did have one incident on their end. OT Jah Reid blocked Von Miller into the ground and then jumped on top of him, drawing a flag. It was a less violent version of the knee-to-the-throat move from Miller the week before. Andy Reid liked the idea of the attitude behind it but not the play itself. Plus, you know, the penalty killing the drive.
"Yeah, listen, we appreciate the effort," Reid said. "I didn't think he needed that extra part of it. He did a great job, did a great job, he didn't need to do that. But you get the idea. It was early in the game, that was the frame of mind the guys were in. But there's a point where you have to be smart with that. Those things can disrupt drives. You can still play good, physical football without that. At that point, they were having a hard time stopping us. If you're going to stop yourself, you don't want that to happen."