Chiefs Reign Over Patriots
Contenders, or pretenders? With an up-and-down 10 games in the books and six games remaining against teams with winning records, the Chiefs knew they had to choose one or the other Sunday against the Super Bowl Champion Patriots.
"You know it was definitely important. It was very important for us to come out and play well. And you know you don't want to look down the road, and you look at the schedule that's ahead of us, and we knew we had these two home games against very tough opponents, and it was important that we come out and play well and we did," Chiefs quarterback Trent Green says.
The Chiefs jumped on top 7-0 when Larry Johnson plowed his way into the endzone on Kansas City's first possession. And although Greg Wesley picked off two Tom Brady passes in the first half, the Chiefs couldn't cash either of those take-aways in for a touchdown -- leading only 19-3 at the break, Dick Vermeil knew New England would mount a comeback.
"We knew the New England Patriots were a World champion-type team and were going to come back. We talked about that all week, you don't put those guys away, they come back," Head Coach Dick Vermeil says.
A quick 2-play drive pushed the lead to 23 points before any comeback started when Green hooked up with Dante Hall on a 52-yard post over the middle, five minutes into the 3rd quarter to make it 26-3. Brady brought the Patriots to within 10-points on a one-yard scoring pass, but his 4th interception off the hands of Tim Dwight clinched the big win for Sammy Knight and the Chiefs.
The Chiefs have six games left against winning teams but Knight says that doesn't make things any different.
"Oh it's very important. I mean every game from here on out is going to be important. I mean we don't underestimate any team from here on out. You know our goal is just to go out and win," Defensive back Sammy Knight says.
It won't get any easier for the Chiefs next week as the West Division-leading Broncos come to town here at Arrowhead Stadium. The Chiefs host Divisional rival Denver Sunday. With a record of 9-2 the Broncos own a two game lead over the Chiefs and Chargers.