The Chiefs got it done. It wasn’t the easiest game to watch, but at the end of the day Kansas City ended their four-game losing streak and got a much needed win.
The quarterback controversy continued as Tyler Palko struggled early. Kyle Orton came in during the second quarter, but came right out after injuring his finger on his first play. The Chiefs’ offense finally made it into the end zone and they did it in classic Kansas City fashion. As time expired in the first half Palko threw up a Hail Mary that was knocked down by Brian Urlacher but somehow Dexter McCluster snagged the ball for a 38-yard touchdown. It was the only touchdown of the game, but was enough to spark the entire Chiefs team.
Kansas City’s defense held Chicago’s offense in check all day. They were all over Caleb Hanie and finished the day with seven sacks. The Chiefs also forced three interceptions, including Jon McGraw’s pick in the end zone.
The Bears’ star running back Matt Forte left the game in the first quarter, which may turn out to be a devastating blow to their team. Forte is one of the best rushers in the league and the Bears struggled to get much production out of their other backs. Chicago had a total of 181 yards of offense and did not convert any of their 11 third-down attempts.
The Chiefs actually had success on third down and Palko looked vastly improved from his first two starts. He threw the ball 12 times on third down and completed eight of them. He’s definitely improving, but he, along with the rest of the Chiefs, will have their hands full as they try to continue their winning streak against the New York Jets.
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Written by Matt Brody