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Season of Pain
Posted By ChiefsWarpath.com On November 15, 2004 @ 4:22 pm In Commentary | Comments Disabled
Let me ask you all a question, and please think about this question after you read it: Do you ever find yourself at about 11:50 a.m. before a noon Chiefs game just have the sudden feel of dread and fear as you think about the game that’s about to start?
Well it happened to me this past Sunday before the game, and I just had no answers for my thoughts and feelings, but as the game began I started to see what was going on. Kickoff time and I see Dante Hall blazing down the sideline into the New Orleans Saints side of the field, this would normally bring joy to a Chiefs fan, but something held me back, it was that feeling still.
A couple of plays later I see Eddie Kennison dancing in the end zone after he got a perfect pass from Trent Green and the Chiefs were quickly up 7-0, but the feeling was still there.
Then the Saints go three and out and punt the ball away to the Chiefs and they move quickly down the field without much effort. Then the meaning of my bad feelings began to show it’s ugly face. A nice pass from Trent Green to a wide-open Johnnie Morton was demolished by another fumble from a Chiefs wide receiver. What looked like a certain 14-0 lead had turned into a Chiefs turnover and 0 points added to the Chiefs total.
The Chiefs defense held New Orleans to another three and out and a punt, but what followed the punt was another great Chiefs drive that ended in horrible fashion. From inside the Saints five yard line the Chiefs got three chances to punch the ball in the end zone but were shut out. But a Saints penalty gave the Chiefs another first down and three more shots at a touchdown, but again the high scoring Chiefs offense was held out of the end zone and had to settle for a field goal.
Rack this up as a major momentum swing in the game. What should have been a knockout blow and a 21-0 lead had developed into a small and average looking 10-0 lead against a now fired up New Orleans team. And the feeling of dread and fear that had begun just before the game started had developed into a huge ball of absolute horror in my stomach.
As the last few seconds of the game ticked away I realized that the Chiefs had just handed another win to another team that had no intention in the beginning of the game to win. The Saints had a defeated look on their faces and had the body language to match.
The Saints fans were surrounded by several thousand Chiefs fans that had made the trip to the Big Easy, and they also had an “I give up” look and sound to them.
Kansas City had everything going for them in this game, until the 2004 Chiefs decided to make an appearance for the last three quarters of the game, and that has not been a good thing all year long.
Stupid penalties, and bad mental breakdowns brought the Saints into the game and gave them enough confidence to take the game away from the Chiefs and steal a win they had no intention of getting in the first place.
Even after Derrick Blaylock scored the game-tying touchdown in the fourth quarter, I did not move a muscle from the chair I was in because that horrible feeling was as big and bad as it was the whole day.
In case nobody else has noticed this year the Chiefs have became masters at giving their opponents a bunch of firsts for their season, team history, or careers. Game one provided Quinten Griffen, the Denver Bronco running back, a career high in rushing yardage, then game two gave another career high in rushing to the Carolina Panthers back-up running back DeShaun Foster.
Skip to last week in Tampa Bay and you see their running back Michael Pittman make Buccaneer history with the longest run for a touchdown in team history. Yesterday in New Orleans was no different, as Aaron Brooks, the Saints quarterback connected with former Chief Joe Horn for the longest pass play of the season. Then later in the fourth quarter, he connected again with Horn for the longest touchdown pass of the season for the Saints.
This act from the Chiefs defense has gotten old and needs to be stopped, but with games against very good offenses left on the schedule, it does not look like the end is anywhere near.
On November 22nd the New England Patriots come to Arrowhead for a Monday Night match up with the Chiefs, and anyone with a sense of a major Chiefs fan knows exactly what’s going to happen. The Kansas City Chiefs will come out with that fire and killer instinct that has been there so many times at Arrowhead, that emotion that comes out every time the Chiefs play a team that they are not supposed to beat. It will be a great show for the national audience and a great win to see, but it is going to be two weeks to late.
That fire and emotion just can’t seem to show up every week the Chiefs need it, and two weeks ago in Tampa Bay is where they needed it to start for the rest of the year.
I have said 10-6 will get the Chiefs in the playoffs and the losing end of that record had already arrived, running off seven straight wins would be an amazing thing to see, one that would bring great stories with it, but it is more than a stretch.
I will be pulling for the Chiefs like always until the last second of the season is gone, but the feeling I got before the Saints game was a horrible thing to feel, and I’m afraid it will decide to show up again before the year is over.
I love the Chiefs no matter what, and I will be with them no matter what, pain or no pain.
The Chiefs season may be a rough one, but I know there are at least 80,000 people who feel the same way about them every week as I do, and we will all be out there on Monday Night to show who we are.
The Chiefs know it’s possible, and we know it’s possible, so let’s see what the rest of the season has in store for the Chiefs. Seven wins in a row can be done. Get R’ Done boys!
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