Five things that stand out about the KC Chiefs’ defeat to Bengals at the end of the season


The Kansas City Chiefs were completed, winning the Super Bowl for the first time in three years, and ending with no arrival at all.

After leading the Cincinnati Bengals 18 points in the AFC Championship Game on Sunday, they completely collapsed, causing roots and confusion on the football attackers and causing a comeback.

The Bengals won overtime 27-24, but this time neither the quarterback Patrick Mahomes nor the coin toss could save them for 13 seconds.

The Chiefs managed only 3 points after halftime, and Mahomes managed only 55 yards after torching Bengals at 220 before the break. There is an off-season to consider the explanation.

The team was occupying a cellar in the AFC West area at some point this season, so I was wondering if I could finally find what I lost. It was. However, unlike the two predecessors, the season that started will end unlike the two predecessors.

As an audience for Super Bowl Sunday.

How?

Let’s make 5 observations right after the game:

1. The ghost of the arrowhead of the past

For over 20 years, Arrowhead Stadium has been a playoff heartbreak. A venue full of opportunities but no follow-through. The venue where Homeros developed a nickname and put confetti in a box.

This is perfect.

But worse.

This was Patrick Mahomes.

This was a step from the Super Bowl.

This was a 21-3 lead.

This set you up.

The Chiefs crushed the time of torture — they even developed to the contrary. They have always been a paving team, even when faced with a 24-point playoff deficit. Even if only 13 seconds are allocated.

2. Second half attack.

The NFL is a game of coordinating proverbs, usually the most aggressive and mind-boggling reality.

So what’s happening here?

execution.

It’s easy. It’s boring. It seems confusing.

But that’s accurate.

The Chiefs cruised aggressively in the first half — took whatever they were happy with — and then did nothing until the final drive of regulation. And even then, they summed up three points instead of seven, representing their overall output in the second half.

How?

This is the same problem that plagued the chief throughout the middle of the season.

They started the second half with two drops. This is a series of continuous plays where either reception moves the stick. Instead, they punt. You want to acknowledge the achievements of the opposition, but these are voluntary mistakes.

After two drives, quarterback Patrick Mahomes showed signs of impatience and never gave up on a screen path that wasn’t there. The ball fell and was intercepted.

You may not be able to blame him for trying to do something with a deadlocked crime, but it’s an accurate idea that prompted self-esteem during his own season, and he settled on a new outlook. rice field

Take what is there.

He tried to take more.

They are part of the problem. The adjustments made by Bengal will also be more apparent in the film. So is the scrambled drill that produced nothing. The chief was away from the running game, but Bengal was basically away from the chief.

3. Scramble.Good and bad points

In 2003, when he became the league’s most prolific kick-returner, Dante Hall offered one of Arrowhead Stadium’s greatest moments in history, a 93-yard return for touchdowns. After reversing the field twice and dodging what appears to be the entire Broncos roster, Hall turned a corner. A notable element of this play was knowing that you were gone, even though he was still traveling 90 yards away.

One Mahomes scramble came to this.

The Bengalis guaranteed that others would not.

In the second quarter, Mahomes ducked one bag and danced to the left. He turned back to see how it ended. You could see the street. Mahomes found Kelsey in the corner near the end zone. Most of the time in his career, he had to throw the ball with a touchdown, after he took 7.94 seconds to throw the ball.

But then?

The Bengali chose to block his lane — often by a defensive lineman refusing to chase him and staying in front of him. This strategy ruined the chiefs’ final regulatory impetus when Mahomes spent enough time to do something, but only the defender was visible in front of him. Mahomes actually groped for his last bag, but Joe Tony jumped on it and saved the field goal that tied the game to overtime.

4. Let’s talk about the decision in the first half

The Chiefs were stopped only once in the first half.

a little.

Equivalent to the last play of the half, sitting on the 1-yard line, the chiefs chose to go touchdown instead of scoring 3 points.

Instead, they are now zero. Mahomes threw at Tyreek Hill behind the line of scrimmage, and over time he worked for profit.

But that doesn’t mean it wasn’t the correct call, it just means that it didn’t work.

The Chiefs were leading with 11 points at the time. Touchdown puts the game out of reach when you have to play it. You can use the side of the ball that dominated the game to extend your advantage to 18 points and return the ball to attack. Open the second half.

They whistled during the execution. They didn’t say the decision.

Good decisions sometimes fail. Making good decisions can turn the game in the wrong direction.

This was one.

5. Defense No.1

A month ago, Bengals Wide’s Ja’Marr Chase exploded with 11 catches, 266 yards and 3 touchdowns against the Chiefs’secondary, but the Chiefs’ defensive coordinator and cornerback were in the game this week. He said he didn’t care about positioning.

true.

The chiefs often felt they were in the right place for the chase, but were beaten at the time of the reception — they didn’t finish playing — and when you watched the movie, some of it Here is an example.

They finished some plays on Sunday.

Several.

Chase led Rashad Fenton to the fade route. As before, Fenton was in a good position, but Chase appreciated football. He’s a talent you don’t want to suppress throughout the game.

But he wasn’t the reason the Chiefs lost. They kept him to just 54 yards — in other words, 202 less than his last outing.

Bengals quarterback Joe Burrow offered Chase a one-on-one fight on a fly to the end zone, but Charvalius Ward was forced to hit the ball with his fingertips and score a field goal.

The Chiefs aggregated the four paths protected by only the first two drives. They were only three at the first meeting.