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Chiefs’ Playoff Hopes Are Diminished

Posted By Matt Brody On Dec 26 2011 @ 9:28 am In Kansas City Chiefs | No Comments

Well the Chiefs’ playoff hopes went out the window this week.  They got the help they needed around the league, but did not help themselves.

This was a sloppy game from both teams.  Penalties were a big storyline; the NFL leading Oakland Raiders were penalized 15 times for 92 yards while Kansas City tallied 11 penalties for 88 yards.  The Raiders had a touchdown brought back due to a flag and the Chiefs an interception neglected.

The Chiefs moved the ball up and down the field all day, but just like the entire season has been going they could not finish drives.  Kyle Orton threw an interception in the end zone, but what hurt even more were Ryan Succop’s two blocked field goals.  The first was blocked by Richard Seymour after a number of penalties pushed back the attempt.  The second, and potential game-winning field goal, happened as time expired in regulation.  Orton drove the offense down the field to get into field goal range, but yet again they were not able to capitalize.

The defense held its own for the most part.  They intercepted two Carson Palmer passes and had a few big stops.  The Chiefs only allowed the Raiders to convert three of their 11 third-down conversions.

The biggest hiccup in Kansas City’s defense occurred in overtime when Palmer through a deep pass to Darrius Heyward-Bey.  The wide receiver ran by Kendrick Lewis and caught the ball for 53 yards.  That was pretty much all the Raiders needed as Sebastian Janikowski knocked in a 36-yard field goal to seal the deal.

The Chiefs put up a fight in this game.  They came back late in the fourth quarter to tie it up, but it just wasn’t enough.  Now they have a chance to play spoiler next week when they take on Tim Tebow and the Denver Broncos.

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