Cowboys vs. Chiefs: Live Score, Highlights and Analysis for Kansas City
The Kansas City Chiefs defeated the Dallas Cowboys 17-16 on Sunday. It was the Chiefs' home opener for the 2013 season. The Chiefs defense and special teams units were the stars of the day, in a game that saw the Chiefs offense struggle with continuity until they were trying to salt the game away late with the run.
Prior to the final drive of the game, Kansas City running back Jamaal Charles had a mere eight yards on eight carries. He had eight carries on the final drive, and finished with 55 yards on the ground. Kansas City's offense has come under scrutiny in the first two weeks, for the lack of points produced, and specifically a lack of commitment to the run game.
Chiefs head coach Andy Reid has had the same criticism follow him the last few years. Quarterback Alex Smith finished the game as the Chiefs' leading rusher with 57 yards on eight carries.
The Dallas Cowboys had their way with the Chiefs defense early, through the air, as it seemed no Chiefs defensive back was capable of covering wide receiver Dez Bryant. The Chiefs went to bracket coverage of Bryant in the second half, which seemed to slow him down. Bryant finished the game with nine receptions for 141 yards and a touchdown, which was Dallas' only touchdown on the day.
The Chiefs defense caused two Cowboys turnovers, and the special teams unit left Dallas in terrible field position most of the game, but the Chiefs offense wasn't able to capitalize with only three points off of turnovers.
The Chiefs were able to move the ball in spurts on offense, but had far too many drives stall out around midfield.
Kansas City will play the Philadelphia Eagles on Thursday night.
0:16 seconds remaining in the game: The Chiefs' punt is down at the 1. Dallas has no timeouts, 16 seconds and 99 yards to go.
Two-minute warning, and the Chiefs remain committed to the run. Jamaal Charles who had eight carries all game prior to this drive, has 14 now.
2:28 remaining in the game: A Dallas pass interference penalty resuscitates a Chiefs drive that would have otherwise stalled out. First down Chiefs.
3:32 remaining in the fourth quarter: The Chiefs are now committing to the run game and moving the ball effectively. It makes one wonder where this was earlier when they couldn't move the ball.
3:55 remaining in fourth quarter: Dallas Cowboys kicker Dan Bailey knocks though a 53-yard field goal. Chiefs 17, Cowboys 16.
4:06 remaining in the fourth quarter: The Chiefs intercept Tony Romo, but the play is called back because of a holding penalty on the defense.
4:23 remaining in the fourth quarter: Dallas is taking advantage of Kansas City's coverage woes on Bryant, using him to drive the defensive backs deep and subsequently passing underneath.
The Chiefs are called for illegal touching while downing the punt.
7:07 remaining in the fourth quarter: Kansas City's drive stalls, and they're forced to punt. It's an incredible punt down to the 1-yard line. Kansas City's defense and special teams continue to get it done, while their offense does not.
8:41 remaining in the fourth quarter: The Chiefs defense holds, forcing another Dallas punt.
8:57 remaining in the fourth quarter: A wide open Dez Bryant drops a pass from Tony Romo that would have been a 40-yard gain. The Chiefs continue to struggle in covering Bryant.
9:24 remaining in the fourth quarter: The Chiefs let Dallas' Carter through the line unblocked, resulting in a vicious sack of Alex Smith. The Chiefs are forced to punt.
11:05 remaining in the fourth quarter: The Chiefs defense comes up big again, stripping Tony Romo of the football. The Chiefs recover. It's 1st-and-10 from the Dallas 35.
14:06 left in the fourth quarter: Ryan Succop of the Chiefs nails a 40-yard field goal. Chiefs 17, Cowboys 13.
End of the third quarter: The Chiefs will start the fourth quarter with possession and a 14-13 lead over the Cowboys.
0:38 remaining in the third quarter: Lance Dunbar fumbles the football and the Chiefs recover. It's 1st-and-10 from the Dallas 31-yard line.
2:53 reamaining in the third quarter: Alex Smith connects with Dwayne Bowe on a 12-yard slant for a touchdown. Chiefs 14, Cowboys 13.
4:54 remaining in the third quarter: The Chiefs convert on 3rd-and-9, with big gain to Donnie Avery. They switch to a hurry-up offense.
Personal observation: Jamaal Charles appears to be a step slower than normal today.
6:54 remaining in the third quarter: Kansas City's defense tightens up in the red zone, forcing Dallas to try the field goal. Dan Bailey's kick is good. Dallas 13, Kansas City 7.
8:51 remaining in the third quarter: Dontari Poe picks up the Chiefs second sack of the day.
12:26 left in the third quarter: Kansas City is coming out in bracket coverage on Dez Bryant after Brandon Flowers was unable to cover him one-on-one in the first half.
Kansas City kicks off to Dallas to start the third quarter, touchback.
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