This season has had so many bumps in it that some people have given up and turned on the Chiefs. There are some people who say, “yes I’m still a fan, but I can’t stand to watch this team anymore this year.” There are also those fans, myself included, who will never stop watching or just give up on the team, and this past Sunday us fans who are to stubborn to give up were rewarded with a Picasso type picture at Arrowhead.
As the self proclaimed “Super Bowl contending” Denver Broncos entered Arrowhead, it was obvious that the game was much more important to the Broncos than the Chiefs. Every person in the stadium knew this, every person in the NFL knew this, apparently everyone knew this except the Broncos.
As high noon hit, the Broncos kicker Jason (I should be a) Baker kicked a line drive bullet to Dante Hall to the Chiefs three-yard line, this was mistake number one. The kick got to Dante so quick that he had all the time in the world to see that the blocking play the Chiefs had set up was going to work just right, and then came the first piece of a beautiful afternoon picture. Dante Hall followed the blocking wall to the right for about ten yards, then as almost every Donkey, oops, I mean Bronco player was closing in on the right side of the field, Dante made a cut back to the left and saw more Chiefs blockers and very few Bronco players there to get in the way, and that was as close as the Broncos would get to Dante on this run. As he sailed past Jason Baker you could feel a wave of energy explode from the fans and the Chiefs themselves, 97 yards later Dante was in the end zone and the rout was on.
Larry Johnson was on a mission in this game, and the mission was to put the Donkey’s down, all by himself. Getting five yards here, and seven yards there, Johnson was able to be a workhorse on the drive that probably broke what spirit the Broncos had left. Larry Johnson capped off the Chiefs opening drive with a Priest Holmes like run around the left side of the offensive line and into the corner of the end zone.
The Broncos were able to cut into the score when the Chiefs had another brain cramp and allowed William “well done” Bartee on the field, and he promptly allowed Rod Smith to catch a pass and make his way into the end zone making it a 14-7 game. Once the Chiefs were able to get the blaze that was on Barteeâ€™s backside under control, it was all Chiefs for the rest of the day.
Next, it was Trent Green who was his usual near flawless self. Trent put up an almost perfect 150 quarterback rating, going 16 for 19 passing and putting up three touchdowns. His first came on a pass to Eddie Kennison, while Champ Bailey, the Broncos all everything cornerback was trying to keep up with him. Kennison once again was burning his former team.
Larry Johnson was up next and he put a stamp on a very impressive first half of Chiefs football with a blistering 32 yard romp through a hole big enough to get a few trucks through, all created by the best offensive line in the NFL. Larry Johnson had struck again and the Chiefs were smacking the Broncos around 28-7. Just before the end of the half the Broncos were able to put up a meaningless field goal to make it 28-10 at halftime.
The second half was no better for the Broncos but was just as good as the first for the Chiefs. It started with another interception from Jake “the fake” Plummer to Dexter McCleon, his second of the day. The Chiefs begin a 90-YARD drive that was capped off by the first career touchdown by rookie wide receiver Samie Parker, a 48-yard picture perfect pass from Trent Green, 35-10 folks!
Then at this point Denver was done, but my favorite part of the game was on deck. After a miracle punt to the Chiefs 1 yard line occurred from Jason Baker, the Chiefs went to work on a drive that will hopefully stay with the Donkey’s for a long time. A ten play, 99 yard drive that took over six minutes off the clock and drove the last nail into the Denver coffin for the day, it was now 42-10!
After a Lawrence Tynes field goal and a late meaningless Donkey touchdown, it was a 45-17 thrashing in the books. The Chiefs have had a very rough season, but wins like this make everything a little easier to handle. Something else to make Chiefs fans and players a little warmer this cold winter: we probably drove the Donk’s out of the playoffs with the win, how sweet that feels to say.
Next up folks, how about a Christmas day with our old friends from the slums of Oakland. The Raiders are coming to town on a blistering one game-winning streak; time to put their flame out as well. I can’t imagine a better way to end the home part of the season than with another dominating performance by the Chiefs. Let’s try and hang another huge number on the board, and end the home season on a major high. Can anyone else think of someone better to smack around on Christmas than the Raiders? Didn’t think so.
Happy Holidays to all Warpath members and readers.