NFL 2014 Week 4 Recap

NFL 2014 Week 4 Recap

Two teams traveled to London in a desperate attempt to get their coach fired. The rest of the league played serious football games. With that, here is the NFL 2014 Week 4 Recap.

Miami Dolphins at Oakland Raiders — If the NFL does not start offering better games in London, the hooligans in Wembley Stadium may burn down America again and party like it’s 1814. The losing coach in this game was expected to fire their coach. As expected Derek Carr started the game running the Dink and Dunk with Dennis Allen West Coast Offense that does nothing but lose games. However, early on the short passes actually led to a drive.

On the first play from scrimmage from the Oakland 26, a short pass to James Jones went for 30 yards. On 3rd and 8 from the Miami 42, Carr hit Vincent Brown for 9. On 3rd and 6 from the Miami 29, Carr hit Holmnes for 14. A 12 yard gain by Darren MecFadden brought the ball to the Miami 3 yard line. Carr hit Leonhardt for the touchdown as the Raiders led 7-0 early on. Ryan Tannehill led the Dolphins from their 30 to a 3rd and 8 at the Oakland 23. Tannehill then threw incomplete as the Dolphins settled for a 41 yard Caleb Sturgis field goal to trail 7-3.

The Raiders kept dining and dunking, and soon faced 3rd and 1 from their own 45. Olawale got the carry and got nothing as the Raiders punted. Miami took over at their own 9, and 91 yards was a formality. Tannehill found Brad Hartline for a 35 yard gain. On 3rd and 5 from the Oakland 32, Tannehill hit Mike Wallace for 16. As the second quarter began, Tannehill went back to Wallace for the

13 yard touchdown and the 10-7 Dolphins advantage. Dennis Allen was tempted to order a 2 yard pass play but was reminded that first Miami had to pick the ball off. The Raiders went 3 and out.

Miami took over at their own 37 and ran the ball easily against the listless Oakland defense. On 4th and 1 from the Oakland 8, Joe Philbin decided to go for it. Miller got the carry and all the yardage as the touchdown made it 17-7 Dolphins. The Raiders took over at their own 12, ran 3 plays for a total of one yard, and punted. Miami fumbled the punt, giving Oakland a gift at their 43. Intentional grounding on Carr meant 3rd and 28 as the Raiders punted again.

Miami took over at their own 10 with 6 minutes left in the half and made it look easy against the pathetic Raiders defense. At the 2 minute warning Miami was already at the Oakland 18. Tannehill then went to Dion Sims for the touchdown as the Dolphins led 24-7. Dennis Allen was not fired at halftime, and his game plan for the second half was to have Derek Carr throw 30 passes, each exactly 2 yards in length.

Miami began the second half at their own 28 and quickly moved to 3rd and goal at the 5. Tannehill threw incomplete but defensive holding meant 1st and goal at the 2. The Dolphins then fumbled for a touchback. The Raiders took the gift, gained 0 yards, and saw Carr get intercepted by Grimes, who returned it 32 yards to the Oakland 3. This time Miller made up for his fumble by scoring from the one as the Dolphins led 31-7. Tannehill was already 19 of 23 for 241 yards and two touchdowns in barely more than one half of football.

Down by 24 points, Dennis Allen was determined to coach his last game of football his way. He continued his completely unsuccessful and uninspiring dinking and dunking as Carr moved the Raiders from their 20 to the Miami 30. A fumbled snap somehow went backward 20 yards, where it was picked up Cortland Finnegan. Finnegal raced from midfield to the end zone for a defensive touchdown as the Dolphins now led 38-7.

In what the Raider Nation hoped would be Dennis Allen’s last misfortune, Carr tweaked his ankle and was replaced with Matt McGloin. Like Carr, McGloin has talent. Like Carr, McGloin has a terrible coach. Anyway McGloin went deep and was intercepted by Wilson, who returned it 46 yards. With a personal foul on Oakland added, Miami took over at the Oakland 16. Another touchdown pass by Tannehill was nullified by a penalty and Tannehill was then intercepted. At this point the game could not end fast enough for the people of England and Raider fans everywhere.

McGloin quickly moved the Raiders 90 yards, throwing a 22 yard touchdown pass to Holmes. The Raiders tend to get touchdowns during garbage time, given that most of their play is garbage. The Raiders trailed 38-14 as 8 1/2 minutes remained in the Dennis Allen reign of error. McGloin was intercepted again.

Entering this game the Dolphins were a mess. Joe Philbin was still only a few games removed from the bullying scandal. This week he undermined Tannehill by refusing to publicly commit to him. The best way for Philbin to save his job was to play a team that was coached far worse. Dennis Allen obliged. Allen was allowed to board the flight home from London, but not much more than that. At 0-4, Mark Davis fired Allen Monday night. 38-14 Dolphins

Green Bay Packers at Chicago Bears — 8 months ago these teams regrouped to the location of the Week 17 bomb that allowed Green Bay to knock Chicago out of the playoff chase. The home crowd was ready for payback. Early on Jay Cutler moved the Bears 80 yards and 15 plays over 8 1/2 minutes. On 3rd and goal from the 6 Cutler hit Brandon Marshall for the 7-0 Bears lead. From the Green Bay 19, Rodgers came out firing, hitting his non-cousin Richard Rodgers for a 43 yard gain. Eddie Lacy carried it in from the 2 to make it 7-7.

The Bears took over at their own 20 and Marc Trestman decided to go old school Chicago smash mouth against the Green Bay’s suspect run defense. On 4th and 1 from the Green Bay 35 Trestman decided to go for it. Cutler fumbled the snap, got it back, ran for 15 yards, and saw 10 more tacked on after a defensive personal foul . The second quarter began with the Bears on the one yard line, but a critical false start penalty had the Bears settling for a 23 yard Robbie Gould field goal and a 10-7 Bears lead. Rodgers brought the Packers right back with a 78 yard drive that culminated in a 3 yard touchdown pass to Jordy Nelson and a 14-10 Packers lead. Cutler had his turn moving the Bears 80 yards in plays in 6 1/2 minutes. An 8 yard touchdown pass to Jeffery put the Bears back on top 17-14 with 4 minutes left in the half.

Marc Trestman called a surprise onside kick that led to a wild scramble. Green Bay eventually recovered at their own 39 and Rodgers kept the pressure on. On 3rd and 7 from the Chicago 22, Rodgers went deep to Randall Cobb for the 21-17 Packers lead with one minute left in the half. After a touchback, Cutler fired at will. With 14 seconds left, the Bears took their last timeout facing 1st and goal at the 9. Cutler fired to the goal line complete, where Bennett met 3 defenders. Bennett insisted the ball just stretched past the goal line, but the referees disagreed. The clock ran out as the Bears came away with nothing. The halftime gun seemed to be the only thing that could stop either offense.

Green Bay moved at will to start the third quarter after a touchback and soon faced a critical 3rd and 7 from the Chicago 34. Rodgers went deep to Adams for the touchdown but offensive holding nullified the score. Mason Crosby would drill a 53 yard field goal to make it 24-17 Packers. Cutler brought the Bears right back from the Chicago 15 to a 1st and 10 at the Green Bay 24. A short pass was intercepted by Clay Matthews, who had a clear path to the end zone the other way. Yet the hobbled Matthews was chased down after a 40 yard gain at the Chicago 35. On 3rd and 9 from the 11, Rodgers scrambled around inside the pocket and fired a laser to Nelson for the 31-17 Packers lead. Cutler was then intercepted by Sam Shields, who returned it 62 yards to the Chicago 11. Rodgers hit Cobb for the 3 yard touchdown as the close game became a blowout. 38-17 Packers

Carolina Panthers at Baltimore Ravens — After 13 years in Carolina, Steve Smith returned to get revenge against them. Early in the second quarter the Ravens faced 3rd and 2 from their own 39. Joe Flacco went deep with a ball that was deflected by one receiver straight to Smith, who caught it in stride and raced for a 61 yard touchdown and the 7-0 Ravens lead. Cam Newton brought the Panthers back 80 yards as a 28 yard touchdown pass to Benjamin tied the game 7-7. The Ravens came back quickly 80 yards the other way as an 11 yard touchdown run by Justin Forsett meant a 14-7 Ravens lead. Baltimore got it back and Flacco went back to Smith for a 21 yard touchdown and a 21-7 Ravens lead.

In the third quarter Flacco needed 5 minutes to move the Ravens 80 yards in 10 plays. This time a 24 yard touchdown pass to Torrey Smith had the Ravens up 28-7. Newton moved the Panthers from their 17 to a critical 3rd and 3 at the Baltimore 11. Newton fumbled the snap, as the Panthers were lucky enough to retain possession and settle for a 37 yard Graham Gano field goal as Carolina still trailed 28-10. In the fourth quarter the Ravens moved 80 yards in 12 plays and 7 minutes as Taliaferro got the last yard to make it 35-10 Ravens. Baltimore tacked on a field goal as Steve Smith got his revenge in a big way. 38-10 Ravens

Buffalo Bills at Houston Texans — A 31 yard Dan Carpenter field goal in the second quarter made it 3-0 Bills. A fumble by Houston gave Buffalo the ball just past midfield. EJ Manuel hit Sammy Watkins for a 5 yard touchdown to make it 10-0 Bills. With one minute left in the half Ryan Fitzpatrick threw a 35 yard touchdown pass to Hopkins as the Texans got within 10-7. On the first play from scrimmage after a touchback to start the third quarter, Fitzpatrick was intercepted again. Yet on 3rd and 3 from Houston 12, EJ Manuel returned the favor in a big way. JJ Watt intercepted Manuel and ran 80 yards for a defensive touchdown as the Texans now had the 14-10 lead.

After Buffalo went 3 and out, Fitzpatrick moved Houston to the red zone before settling for a 441 yard Bullock field goal and a 17-10 Texans lead. A field position game in the fourth quarter saw Bullock drill a 55 yard field goal to give the Texans some breathing room up 20-10 with 11 minutes left. One play forms cribbage later that breathing room was gone. Manuel hit Williams for an 80 yard touchdown as the bills were only down 20-17.

Houston moved the ball again but Fitzpatrick fired incomplete on 3rd and 2 from the Buffalo 32. Bullock again hit a long field goal from 50, but the Texans only led by 6 with 5 minutes left. Buffalo went 3 and out, held on defense, and got the ball back at their own 29 with 1:42 to play. With 1:14 left on 1st and 10 from the Houston 41, Manuel went deep and was intercepted at the 15. One year after going 2-14, the Texans under Bill O’Brien are now 3-1. As for the Bills, the NFL’s longest playoff drought is on the verge of being extended again. 23-17 Texans

Tennessee Titans at Indianapolis Colts — After a Titans fumble set up the Colts at the Tennessee 38, Andrew Luck went deep to TY Hilton down to the one. Trent Richardson carried it in to make it 7-0 Colts. A surprise onside kick was recovered by the Colts at the Titans 44. On 3rd and goal from the 7 Luck hit Allen for the score to make it 14-0 Colts. With Charlie Whitehurst starting for the frequently injured Jake Locker, long odds became even longer. WhiteHurst was intercepted in the second quarter to set up a 31 yard Adam Vinatieri field goal and a 17-0 Colts lead. Ryan Succop would get the Titans on the board with a 36 yarder but Vinatieri responded from 30 to have the Colts cruising 20-3.

The Colts got it back with one minute left in the half. Yet from their own 22, rather than go to the locker rooms, Luck was intercepted. WhiteHurst threw a 7 yard touchdown as the Titans only trailed 20-10 at halftime. It is hard to criticize Chuck Pagano for getting aggressive in a game where everything was working. Unfazed, Luck in the third quarter moved the Colts 91 yards. A 28 yard touchdown to Reggie Wayne had the Colts up 27-10. Indy got it back and a 33 yard defensive pass interference penalty set up a 2 yard touchdown pass from Luck to Fleener as the Colts were cruising 34-10. Bishop Sankey would score on a 2 yard run to get the Titans within 34-17. Luck put the Titans out of their misery by hitting Ahmad Bradshaw for a 15 yard touchdown to end it. Luck finished 29 of 41 for 393 yards, four touchdowns, and 0 interceptions. 41-17 Colts

Detroit Lions at New York Jets — Early on Geno Smith moved the Jets 71 yards in 14 plays in 6 1/2 minutes. The drive died at the 9 as the Jets settled for the 27 yard Nick Folk field goal to lead 3-0. Matthew Stafford brought the Lions back and Alex Henery connected from 51 for the 3-3 tie. In the second quarter the Lions took over at their own 17. On 3rd and 10 from the Detroit 41, Stafford went deep to Jeremy Ross for a 59 yard touchdown and a 10-3 Lions lead. Jim Caldwell was so pleased he almost made a facial expression. A field possession game had the Lions at the Jets 47 with just over one minute left in the half. Stafford lacerated the Jets defense and threw a 16 yard touchdown pass to Eric Ebron for a 17-3 Lions lead

The Jets closed the gap to 17-10 in the third quarter when Smith moved New York 74 yards in 11 plays and hit Eric Decker for the 11 yard touchdown. Stafford brought the Lions back on a 14 play, 90 yard drive that consumed 7 1/2 minutes. Stafford got the final yard himself fon the first play of the fourth quarter or the 24-10 Lions lead. Smith was then intercepted, but Henery missed a 52 yard field goal. Smith then fumbled but the Lions again did not capitalize. Chris Johnson broke off a 35 yard touchdown run to get the Jets within 7 midway through the fourth quarter.

The Jets got it back but went 3 and out when Smith threw incomplete on 3rd and 2. Gang Green needed a stop and could not get one as Stafford scrambled for the clinching first down. The hot seat under Geno Smith is quite cool compared to the inferno burning Rex Ryan’s posterior. 24-17 Lions

Tampa Bay Buccaneers at Pittsburgh Steelers — On the third play of the game facing 3rd and 16 from their own 14, Ben Roethlisberger was sacked and fumbled. Tampa Bay recovered at the 9 and Mike Glennon through a 7 yard touchdown to Mike Evans for the quick 7-0 buccaneers lead. Pittsburgh went 3 and out and a strong punt return had Tampa at their own 45. Murray would hit a 50 yard field goal as the Buccaneers had the 10-0 lead in front of a very surprised home crowd.

Pittsburgh moved the ball from their 20 to the Tampa 7 but no further as a 25 yard Shawn Suisham field goal got the Steelers within 10-3. Pittsburgh got it back at their own 40 and Big Ben moved the Steelers. On 3rd and goal from the 11 Roethisberger hit Antonio Brown for the touchdown to tie the game 10-10.

Pittsburgh got it back at their own 7 and led a 93 yard, 13 polay drive that ate up 7 1/2 minutes. On 4th and 1 from the Tampa Bay 45, Mike Tomlin went for it and Big Ben got 2 yards. A 27 yard touchdown pass to Antonio Brown put the Steelers up 17-10 with 5 minutes left in the half.

The Buccaneers began the third quarter by moving 80 yards, as a 3 yard Doug Martin touchdown run tied the game 17-17. Big Ben brought the Steelers back 80 yards in 10 plays as a 5 yard touchdown pass to Heath Miller had the Steelers back on top 24-17. In the fourth quarter Glennon moved the Bucs from their own 8 to the Pittsburgh 9. Glennong then threw incomplete twice as the Bucs settled for a 27 yard field goal to trail by four with 11 1/2 minutes left in regulation.

The Buccaneers got it back at their own 25 midway through the fourth quarter. By the 2 minute warning the Buccaneers had 1st and 10 at the Pittsburgh 14. After a failed halfback option pass and a pair of incompletions, it all came down to 4th and 10. Glennon went to the end zone for Vincent Jackson, but the pass was high and bounced off of Jackson’s outstretched hand.

The Buccaneers held on defense and a terrible punt gave the Buccaneers another chance with 40 seconds left from the Pittsburgh 46. Glennon fired over the middle to Murphy, who split the seams and got down to the five yard line. Glennon hurried everyone to the line and spiked the ball with 15 seconds left in front of a shellshocked home crowd. On 3rd and goal, under heavy pressure, Glennon fired to a diving Jackson, who made the catch with 7 seconds left. One week after falling behind 56-0, the Buccaneers showed a ton of heart. As for the Steelers, this was an epic meltdown. This game is why the NFL is the best sport on earth. As uber-announcer Chris Berman says, “That’s why they play the games.” 27-24 Buccaneers

Jacksonville Jaguars at San Diego Chargers — The Blake Bortles era began, and the first play from scrimmage saw him throw incomplete. The second play from scrimmage saw a running play resulting in a fumble. A sack of Philip Rivers allowed Jacksonville to escape the turnover without giving up points. Jacksonville took over at their own 9 and Bortles led them to a 4th and 1 just past midfield. Gus Bradley decided to go for it as Bortles the quarterback sneak and gained nothing. That led to a 33 yard Nick Novak field goal and a 3-0 Chargers lead.

Jacksonville history was made when Bortles led a 68 yard drive. Early in the second quarter, on 3rd and goal from the one, Toby Gerhart got past the goal line to put the Jaguars up 7-3. Rivers came back with a 47 yard touchdown pass to Eddie Royal to make it 10-7 Chargers. Jacksonville got it back at their 24. On 3rd and 5 from the Chargers 46, Bortles went deep to Hurns for a 44 yard gain. A 2 yard touchdown pass to Jacobs was Bortles’s very first touchdown pass as a starter as Jacksonville led 14-10. Rivers came right back again as a 43 yard touchdown pass to Royals had the Chargers up 17-14 at halftime.

Bortles completed 15 of his first 18 passes for 149 yards and a touchdown, but it was Rivers playing lights out in starting 20 of 24 for 284 yards and three touchdowns. In the third quarter Rovers moved the Chargers 80 yards again, with a 24 yard touchdown pass to Malcolm Floyd putting the Chargers up 24-14. In the third quarter Bortles threw his first interception as a starter setting up San Diego at the Jacksonville 40. On 3rd and 1 from the Jaguars 14, Rivers fumbled. The Chargers retained possession and Novak hit the 34 yarder to make it 27-14 Chargers.

In the fourth quarter Rivers moved the Chargers from their 20 to a 3rd and 3 at the Jacksonville 5. Rivers threw incomplete but after 14 plays, 75 yards and 5 1/2 minutes, Novak hit from 23. An interception of Bortles with less than 4 minutes left welcomed Bortles to the NFL most inhospitably and allowed Novak hit from 37 to complete the scoring.  33-14 Chargers

Philadelphia Eagles at San Francisco 49ers — A sack of Colin Kaepernick had the 49ers punting on 4th and 25 from their own 2. The punt was blocked and recovered for an Eagles touchdown and a 7-0 Philly lead. Kaepernick then moved the 49ers 69 yards in 14 plays, taking almost 9 minutes to do it. Yet from the Philly 10, a sack of Kaepernick had the 49ers settling for a 29 yard Phil Dawson field goal to trail 7-3.

In the second quarter Kaepernick threw a 55 yard touchdown pass to Frank Gore to put the 49ers up 10-7. Yet on the next series Kaepernick was intercepted by Jenkins, who returned it 53 yards for a touchdown and a 14-10 Eagles lead. Special teams continued to kill the 49ers as Darren Sproles returned a punt 82 yards for a touchdown. Despite 0 offensive points, the Eagles had the 21-10 lead. Dawson hit a 51 yard field goal with one minute left in the half to get the 49ers within 21-13.

In the third quarter Nick Foles got hit and fumbled, setting up the 49ers at the Philly 23. On 3rd and 15 Kaepernick was sacked, but defensive holding gave the 49ers life. On 3rd and 11 from the 12, Kaepernick hit Johnson for the touchdown as the 49ers got within 21-20. The 49ers got it back at their own 36 and Gore ran for a 28 yard gain to set up Dawson from 46. Dawson was good and the 49ers had the 23-21 lead with 3 1/2 minutes left in the third quarter.

With 9 1/2 minutes left in regulation, Chip Kelly made a curious coaching decision. Kaepernick threw incomplete on 3rd and 3 from the Philly 24, but the 49ers were called for offensive pass interference. Rather than make it fourth down, Kelly accepted the penalty to try and push the 49ers out of field goal range. On 3rd and 13, Kaepernick ran for 16 yards. Yet on 3rd and 2 a critical elay of game penalty forced the 49ers to kick Dawson’s fourth field goal anyway. Dawson was good from 31 as the 49ers led by 5 with 6 1/2 minutes left in regulation.

The Eagles had 5 first downs in the first half and none in the third quarter. They did not cross midfield on offense for the first 55 1/2 minutes. Yet from their own 9, Foles finally moved the Eagles. On 3rd and 14 from the San Francisco 39, Foles threw to Jeremy Maclin, who made a leaping one-handed grab for a 17 yard gain. Jim Harbaugh unsuccessfully challenged the call, costing the 49ers their last timeout with 3:12 to play. Another completion meant the sixth Eagles first down on the drive and 1st and goal at the 6 yard line. The 2 minute warning came with the Eagles facing 3rd and goal at the one. On 4th and goal Foles could have run for it but threw high and incomplete. The Eagles used their timeouts and got it back one more time, but on 4th and 24 Foles was intercepted as the 49ers finally proved they could win in Santa Clara. 26-21 49ers.

Atlanta Falcons at Minnesota Vikings — Teddy Bridgewater is now the starter with Matt Cassel on injured reserve and out for the rest of the season. A certain running back for the Vikings was not playing, but a backup runner named Asiata was playing. Asiata scored from 3 yards out to make it 7-0 Vikings. Matt Ryan moved the Falcons 80 yards in 11 plays and 5 1/2 minutes, with a 24 yard touchdown pass to Roddy White tying the game 7-7. A strong kickoff return had the Vikings starting at their own 47. Asiata would run it in again from 6 yards out as the Vikings lord 14-7.

In the second quarter Ryan moved the Falcons 61 yards in 13 plays and 5 1/2 minutes. A one yard touchdown pas to DiMarco tied the game 14-14. Bridgewater brought the Vikings back 80 yards, scrambling the final 13 yards himself to put Minnesota up 21-14 at the 2 minute warning. Minnesota got it back with 1:25 left in the half at their own 15. Mike Zimmer played it safe on the ground but the Falcons could not get a stop. From the Atlanta 7 yard line, McKinnon ran for the touchdown, but the officials reversed the call and ruled McKinnon down at the one. On 3rd and goal from the one with 5 seconds left, Zimmer again played it safe. Blair Walsh hit the 18 yard field goal to put the Vikings up 24-14 at halftime.

In the third quarter Blair Walsh hit a 41 yard field goal to have the Vikings up 27-14. Then Atlanta came back. Ryan hit Devon Hester for a 36 yard touchdown to get Atlanta within 27-21. The Falcons got it back and Antoine Smith got around the right end for a 48 yard touchdown to put the Falcons up 28-27. Bridgewater then led the Vikings 78 yards in the fourth quarter. With 11 minutes left in regulation Minnesota faced 4th and goal at the one. Mike Zimmer decided to go for it and Asiata banged in for the score. Bridgewater hit Ellison for the 2 point conversion to make it 35-28 Vikings.

The Vikings got it back at their own 45 and soon faced a 4th and 6 at the Atlanta 37 with just over 3 1/2 minutes left. Mike Zimmer decided to gamble on a 55 yard field goal rather than punt and play field position. Blair Walsh leveled the kick to put the game out of reach. Ryan was intercepted to set up one more Minnesota field goal and Ryan was intercepted again on the final Hail Mary. 41-28 Vikings

New Orleans Saints at Dallas Cowboys was the Sunday night game. Tony Romo led a 12 play, 80 yard 7 minute drive that culminated in a 12 yard touchdown pass to Williams for a 7-0 Cowboys lead. After a missed Saints field goal, Dan Bailey hit a 51 yard field goal in the second quarter to make it 10-0 Cowboys. Drew Brees then had a pass deflected and intercepted. Two plays later DeMarco Murray ran it in from 15 yards out for a 17-0 Cowboys lead. Dallas kept the offense going full throttle as Romo hit Williams for a 23 yard touchdown pass to have the Cowboys up 24-0 at halftime.

The Saints finally moved the ball in the third quarter but a promising drive died at the 12 yard line. A field goal cut the deficit to 24-3, but the Cowboys on this night just manhandled the Saints. Murray raced for a 28 yard touchdown to make it 31-3 Cowboys after three quarters.

Brees led a rally as touchdown passes of 12 and 13 cut the gap in half. With 6 minutes left Sean Payton gambled on a fake punt that didn’t work. On 3rd and 9 from the Saints 38, Romo found Jason Witten for 16 yards to keep the clock moving. On 3rd and 6 from the 18, Romo hit Dez Bryant for the clinching touchdown with 3:40 to play. 38-17 Cowboys

New England Patriots at Kansas Chiefs was the Monday night game. Both of these teams have underachieved this season, but the Chiefs are very tough at home in the night games. This game was no exception. Alex Smith led the Chiefs 11 plays and 73 yards in 6 minutes, with Jamal Charles running it in from 2 yards out to open the scoring. In the second quarter Kenneth Davis broke off a 48 yard run. Smith hit Kelce for 33 yards and Charles for the 5 yard score to make it 14-0 Chiefs. On the last play of the half the Chiefs tacked on a field goal.

The Patriots misery continued in the second half. Brady was sacked and fumbled, giving the Chiefs the ball at the Patriots 9. Smith found Charles for the 8 yard touchdown to make it 24-0. Brady was then intercepted by Smith, who returned it 34 yards to the Patriots 13. A field goal made it 27-0 Chiefs. The Patriots finally got on the board late in the third quarter when mistackles turned a short pass to Brandon LaFell into a 44 yard touchdown and a 27-7 Patriots deficit.

The Chiefs soon turned out the lights with an 11 play, 80 yard, 6 1/2 minute drive. After one touchdown was called back, on 3rd and goal from the 2 Smith hit Kelce for the touchdown. An interception of Brady was returned by Abdullah 39 yards for another touchdown and a 41-7 Chiefs lead. It had to be humbling for Brady after such a distinguished career to watch Jimmy Garoppolo throw a garbage touchdown. 41-14 Chiefs

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