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For all the complaints about not finishing drives, Kansas City shined on defense in the second half of its game against New Orleans.
In the second half, the Chiefs sacked Brees twice and intercepted him once. They scored a safety and held the normally potent Saints offense to 55 total yards.
Factoring in the eight minutes, 28 seconds of overtime, New Orleans gained just over one net yard per minute of play after halftime. Plus, 26 of those yards came on short fields following Chiefs turnovers.
That's not just big; that's colossal.
Kansas City completely shut down one of the most prolific passers in the history of the NFL for 38 minutes of game time. Brees looked flustered late in the game, pressured in the pocket and throwing more than a couple balls way off target.
As much as the Chiefs need their offense to put points on the board, it's the defense that needs to carry the day for plenty of reasons.
First, the defense boasts the deeper talent. With six first-round picks in starting positions Kansas City fans should expect greater production on that side of the ball. And since most of those players were drafted before the new CBA, they claim a large portion of the salary cap.
More than that, though, Chiefs fans need to be reminded of when teams feared Arrowhead Stadium. Kansas City once held claim to one of the most menacing defenses in the history of the NFL, when Derrick Thomas and Neil Smith destroyed the pocket while Albert Lewis, Deron Cherry and Kevin Ross ruthlessly patrolled the secondary.
When Arrowhead Stadium didn't just echo with the cheers of their fans, but rather shook its very foundation.
If Romeo Crennel and the Chiefs players think Kansas City fans are intense now, just wait and see what happens when their defense sits atop the NFL again.