Sep 15, 2013; Kansas City, MO, USA; Kansas City Chiefs quarterback Alex Smith (11) runs for short yardage during the first half of the game against the Dallas Cowboys at Arrowhead Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Denny Medley-USA TODAY Sports

The Postgame: Chiefs Hang On To Beat Cowboys


VITALS

Score: Chiefs 17, Cowboys 16

It was over when: KC picked up a first down after a pass interference call on Dallas that allowed the Chiefs to milk the clock down to 30 seconds. Dustin Colquitt pinned the Chiefs down inside the 10, which put the Cowboys in a hopeless spot with 16 seconds remaining in the game.

Player of the Game: Arrowhead Stadium.

Fun Stat: Alex Smith (7) had more carries than Jamaal Charles (4) in the first half.

CELEBRATION GIF

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THREE CHEERS

1. Read Option

Kansas City featured the read option heavily on the first drive of the game, and looked good doing it. It was one of their better set of running plays, and it is good to see they have that in their pocket. However, with Alex Smith’s injury history, the Chiefs should be careful about how often they use it.

2. Dontari Poe

Poe had two sacks, four tackles, and helped stuff the Cowboys running game. His play has been massive in these first two games, and it complete changes the possibilities for the Chiefs defense and the season.

3. Defense

Speaking of the Chiefs defense, Dallas managed just 16 points in a game in which no one could stop Dez Bryant. KC managed to get the stops and turnovers they needed to pick up the offense, who looked awful for most of the game. KC’s defense is for real.

VICTORY BEER

The tailgate beer was Boulevard’s Single-Wide IPA, so it only makes sense for the Double-Wide IPA to be the victory beer.

THREE WORRIES

1. Passing Game

It doesn’t exist. It needs to if the Chiefs are going to make the playoffs.

2. Brandon Flowers

Flowers struggled to cover the taller Dez Bryant, which could pose problems against Denver’s taller receivers.

3. Penalties

KC had 10 penalties in the game, most of them coming at awful times. This is partly a problem of having such a young roster, but it is clear much of the team isn’t on the same page, either.

UP NEXT

The Chiefs have a short week as they’ll play Philadelphia on the road on Thursday night. Be ready to be inundated with “Reid Returns To Philly” stories.

CHIIIIIIEEEEEEEFFFFFS!


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