Chiefs Coach Andy Reid: "We'll feel this one and we'll get over it" from The Mothership
For the first 59 minutes of the Kansas City Chiefs game on Thursday night against the Denver Broncos, the crowd of 76,000-plus at Arrowhead Stadium created an atmosphere of football that those in attendance won't soon forget.
But as Chiefs fans drove home on Thursday night, it's unfortunately that last minute of the game that they'll probably never forget.
Ultimately, the Chiefs lost 31-24 to the Broncos, but as most people will discuss and debate the final moments of the game, the truth is the Chiefs had opportunities throughout to put themselves in a better position than the one they were in late in the game.
"I mean it was pretty simple," Chiefs coach Andy Reid explained after the game. "5 turnovers, 60 yards worth of penalties—very tough to win in this league having those kind of stats."
Leadership Always Tested When Times Are Tough from The Mothership
It's not difficult to see how this currently relates to the Kansas City Chiefs, and for all the discussion about the leadership on this team and the family atmosphere within the locker room, this is when that truly manifests itself.
"You don't want one game to beat you twice," Chiefs veteran defensive lineman
Mike DeVitosaid after the stunning 31-24 loss to the Broncos on Thursday night. "Momentum builds in the NFL so we need to nip this in the bud quick and move on to Green Bay.
"You look at every position on this team and there's leaders at every position. So we'll get it right and we'll get it fixed by next week."
Chiefs Rookie Marcus Peters Unsatisfied with Individual Performance from The Mothership
"It feels good, but it stings too bad," Peters said after the game of his performance. "We're going away with a tough loss. It's a team game, as a team, we took a tough loss.
"All the individual accolades we can make, I leave them on the field without the W."
Peters finished the game with 5 tackles, 4 passes defensed and the 1 interception.
As Manning and the Broncos were driving late in the fourth quarter to try and tie the game, Peters knew the defense was going to be tested.
"I just knew if they got close enough, they were going to take their shots," he explained. "They took it and they capitalized. As a defense and as a team, we have to just finish better.
"We had them right where we needed to. We just have to finish."
Notebook: Chiefs' Andy Reid praises DT Jaye Howard from Chiefs Digest
Jaye Howard was a hard man to miss Thursday night.
Well, that is unless the person attempting to account for the 6-3, 330-pound defensive tackle was a Denver Broncos blocker.
Howard proved a disruptive force throughout the contest and terrorized the Denver interior offensive line, accounting for a team-high seven tackles.
His performance during the 31-24 loss drew praise from Chiefs coach Andy Reid.
There won't be any blame in this corner for Andy Reid for handing the ball to one of the NFL's best running backs in the final seconds of the fourth quarter Thursday night rather than having his quarterback take a knee and play for overtime.
Reid's decision didn't work out well. The running back, Jamaal Charles, fumbled. Bradley Roby of the Denver Broncos recovered and returned it for a touchdown in the final seconds, breaking a tie and giving his team the victory.
But it's not Reid's fault Charles fumbled.
Andy Reid: No regrets from tough loss from ESPN
"When you're a playcaller, there are going to be some good ones and there are going to be some bad ones, especially when you have two good football teams playing each other," Reid said Friday, one day after the Chiefs lost 31-24 to the Denver Broncos by allowing two touchdowns in the game's final 36 seconds. "That's how it works. You've got to keep dialing them up, and it's a chess match.
"[If] you get into second-guessing, that's a little bit [of] hindsight. I don't think you want to do that as a playcaller. I think you want to figure out answers."
Chiefs' Eric Berry makes ‘spine-chilling' entrance in front of home crowd from Chiefs Digest
And then a figure finally emerged from the shadows, the last player to have his named called.
"No. 29, Eric Berry!" filled the venue and the crowd showered Berry with affection, the thunderous applause and cheers shaking the press box high above the stadium.
Berry walked out from the tunnel, pointed skyward before turning around to spread his arms wide to the crowd. The fans welcomed him home, but the gesture appeared to be his way of welcoming them back to his heart.
Andy Reid's parting words to the Kansas City Chiefs before they scattered after Thursday night's collapse against the Denver Broncos was simple: Don't, the coach told a devastated locker room, let this defeat beat the Chiefs again.
It was good advice. The Chiefs' difficult stretch of schedule continues with games at the Green Bay Packers and the Cincinnati Bengals. A 1-1 record easily could become 1-3 if the Chiefs don't have their heads in the right place.
Chiefs ready to move forward from stunning Week 2 loss from Chiefs Digest
The Chiefs (1-1) and Broncos (2-0) appeared evenly matched statistically, with the Broncos gaining 21 first downs to the Chiefs' 20. The Chiefs outgained the Broncos in total yards, 314-299.
Those areas and the way his team performed overall offered optimism to the Chiefs head coach that the errors in Week 2 are fixable.
"You got to look at it and understand that you're a good football team and you're playing a good football team," Reid said. "And we made some mistakes that caused us to be put in a bad position and end up losing the game, and that's something we can take care of. We go right back to the drawing board and fix that."
While the loss will be felt, the players can utilize the lessons learned to jump start the rest of the season.
The Kansas City Chiefs thought they had the depth to withstand the loss of their only established cornerback, Sean Smith, who is serving a three-game NFL suspension to start the season.
They were wrong. While rookie Marcus Peters has at times been spectacular at one corner and Phillip Gaines has held up at the other starting spot, third cornerback Jamell Fleming has been bad.
According to Pro Football Focus, opponents have completed 17 of 24 throws against Fleming for 208 yards and a touchdown. The resulting passer rating of about 111 is high enough to put any quarterback into the Pro Bowl.
Chiefs T Eric Fisher has extra time to heal before Week 3 from Chiefs Digest
There is one advantage to a Thursday night game and it surrounds the 10 days the Chiefs have before Week 3's game against the Green Bay Packers on Monday Night Football.
The extra time could prove beneficial for right tackle Eric Fisher to recover from a high-ankle sprain.
And more importantly, the opportunity to return to the starting lineup.
Grantland Podcast: ‘The Grantland NFL Podcast': Thursday Night Recap and Week 2 Preview
No one thought it would be a run. But the Chiefs thought Charles was the player who could turn a routine running play into something special.
"He is obviously a very gifted guy and can run, you know, turn big plays out of not much. I think that was the thought there — potentially run something up the sideline there," quarterback Alex Smith said. "You know, he rips off a chunk and suddenly, you do have a shot at a field goal. So obviously you knew you were taking that chance there."
Instead, the Chiefs are dealing with a gut-punch loss, one that stunned and silenced what had been a raucous sold-out crowd, and left players wondering just how the game unraveled in the final minutes.
Watch Eric Berry's emotional return to Kansas City after beating cancer from The Los Angeles Times
The Kansas City Chiefs didn't win Thursday night, but it was still a victory for safety Eric Berry.
Berry, 26, was diagnosed with Hodgkin's lymphoma in November. In June, he was declared cancer-free and made his first regular-season start since Week 12 of last season against the Denver Broncos.
It was an event celebrated by fans at Arrowhead Stadium — home of the world record for loudest stadium (142.2 decibels) — with a thunderous standing ovation during player introductions.
NFL Player Eric Berry Returns Home After Beating Cancer from The Huffington Post
While the safety likely expected an emotional scene at the stadium, he was not anticipating what awaited him at the team hotel.
A group of staff members including his own nurse from the Winship Cancer Institute at Emory University surprised Berry before the game, handing him a sign emblazoned with the words "Berry Brave" -- the phrase employed by Chief players, fans and others who wished to show their support throughout his treatment.
WATCH: Von Miller body slams Travis Kelce, calls him ‘Fake Gronk' from The Denver Post
Kelce, who is nicknamed "Zeus" but has recently been called "Baby Gronk" for his Rob Gronkowski-like athleticism was given a third nickname by Miller after Thursday's win: "Fake Gronk."
CBS' ‘Thursday Night Football' Hits High In Opener from Deadlines
The second season debut of Thursday Night Football on CBS was steady with its 2014 premiere in metered market ratings and pretty much the same in fast nationals. The dramatic Denver Broncos win over the Kansas City Chiefs last night in K.C. drew a 5.3/18 rating among adults 18-49 in unadjusted fast nationals. Where the MM results were up 4% from the September 11, 2014 game, the early demo ratings dipped 4% from last year's opener.
Nearly all of the former National Football League players studied by the largest U.S. brain bank tested positive for the brain disease associated with concussions, Frontline reported Friday.
Chronic traumatic encephalopathy, or CTE, has been identified in 87 of 91 deceased players examined by researchers with the Department of Veterans Affairs and Boston University. That's about 96 percent. CTE is linked to repeated head injuries and can cause memory loss, depression and dementia, among other effects.
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Lost in all the second-guessing of the late-game decison making on Andy Reid's part is the fact that his quarterback Alex Smith hasn't thrown a touchdown to a Wide Receiver in a regular season game since December 8th, 2013 the year of our Lord. That is just a unbelevable statistic that I uncovered while doing some reasearch watching any television channel over the last 2 years.
You know who else stoped doing west coast offensive bombing attacks on December 8th? I couldnt tell if that big circular red round thing on the Chiefs sidelines was a damn Japanese flag or Andy Reid in a windbreaker.
Chad Walber is a research and development engineer at PCB Piezotronics in Depew.
The company is providing the equipment for Sunday's test, and Chad himself will be holding the meter.
"We're going to using our meters, made by our Larsen Davis Group, to do the measurements at the Bills game. These are the same meters that were used at the Kansas City game."