The Bears (7-5) played flat most of the game and could not find any rhythm offensively.
The Chiefs (5-7) won their first game after losing four straight.
Who played well for the Bears, and who let Chicago down as the fight for an NFC Wild Card berth intensifies?
Chicago Bears running back Matt Forte was looking for a big game against the Kansas City Chiefs after struggling to 180 rushing yards in the last three games.
On his fifth carry of the game, Chiefs linebacker Derrick Johnson launched his helmet into Forte’s right knee, and Forte writhed in pain after the hit.
The Tulane product walked off the field under his own power, but he was ruled out of the game and might possibly have a severe injury.
If Forte’s injury is severe, that might cost him the lucrative contract he was hoping for earlier in the year.
The Chicago Bears were burned by the hot play of the Kansas City Chiefs' Dexter McCluster.
McCluster nabbed a 38-yard Hail Mary touchdown from Chiefs quarterback Tyler Palko at the end of the first half. Bears middle linebacker Brian Urlacher batted the ball down, but McCluster was at the right place at the right time, and hauled in the score.
The speedy RB/WR, who had 117 yards of total offense, also had a 32-yard run and a key 6-yard run on third down on the Chiefs' initial second-half drive that led to a field goal.
The Chicago Bears' defensive line made its presence known against Kansas City Chiefs quarterback Tyler Palko in the first half.
Defensive linemen Henry Melton and Israel Idonije each had a sack, and Julius Peppers consistently blew up the Kansas City offensive line.
Chiefs running back Thomas Jones, who was held to 36 yards, was tackled for a loss a few times.
Chicago Bears fans must sorely miss Jay Cutler, as Caleb Hanie is not cutting it, going 0-of-11 on third down.
The fourth-year veteran from Colorado State could not develop an offensive rhythm with his wide receivers, over and underthrowing them numerous times. He also overthrew a wide-open Earl Bennett, costing the Bears a sure touchdown.
In the third quarter, Hanie passed to Bears wide receiver Johnny Knox deep on the left side. However, Chiefs cornerback Brandon Carr got ahead of Knox and intercepted the ball.
Strong safety Craig Steltz has mostly played on special teams for the Chicago Bears this year, but the LSU product made some good plays against the Kansas City Chiefs.
While Steltz is constantly criticized for his apparent lack of speed, he led the Chicago Bears with nine tackles and a forced fumble. He also saved two touchdowns on the same third-quarter drive.
The Chiefs' speedy Dexter McCluster burst through the Bears' front seven and stormed to the open field. Steltz closed on the play and knocked McCluster out of bounds.
On a 3rd-and-4 play deep in Bears' territory, McCluster gained a first down on a 6-yard run and had only a few yards to the end zone. Steltz was the only man standing in McCluster's way and drilled him; the Chiefs settled for a field goal.
The Chicago Bears are losing the gamble they bet on wide receiver Roy Williams being a difference-maker when they signed him.
Williams was nonexistent the entire Kansas City Chiefs game, and failed when he had an opportunity to shine.
Bears quarterback Caleb Hanie threw three consecutive first downs and got the Bears to the red zone. Hanie tired to hit an open Williams in the middle with four minutes left.
Williams, who didn’t have a catch the entire game, bobbled the ball close to the goal line, and Chiefs safety Jon McGraw picked Hanie off.
That play deflated the Bears' chances of winning.
The Chicago Bears' offensive line had a horrible showing against Kansas City.
The Kansas City Chiefs, who came into the game with the least sacks in the NFL, had a season-high seven sacks on Bears quarterback Caleb Hanie, while creating constant pressure on Chicago's running backs.
Chiefs linebacker Justin Houston and defensive end Tyson Jackson had back-to-back sacks when the Bears were 2nd-and-goal late in the third. Those sacks forced Bears kicker Robbie Gould to attempt a 41-yard field goal, which he missed wide left.
Quarterback Caleb Hanie had a huge 17-yard completion to the Bears' 47-yard line during the Bears' final drive. But then Chiefs linebacker Derrick Johnson had a sack and a quarterback hit, while linebacker Tamba Hali brought Hanie down for an impossible 4th-and-17.
The line also gave up eight tackles for loss in the second half.