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Here’s all that’s happening around Chiefs Kingdom this morning.
Welcome to The Morning Fix.
Welcome to the morning after a win. Sure, it was a preseason win, so it meant nothing, but it was a win none the less. If the sun seems to be shining a bit brighter this morning, or the air smells extra crisp, now you know why.
The Chiefs beat the Pittsburgh Steelers in epic overtime fashion last night 26-20. Backup quarterback Chase Daniel stepped up and led Kansas City to a touchdown on their first drive of overtime, hitting Rico Richardson in the corner of the end zone to end the game.
Kansas City played a great game overall, with multiple players stepping up. The first offense got back on track, the first defense looked strong, the backups won the game and special teams was great as expected.
Coach Andy Reid had this to say about his team’s performance, per the official Chiefs press release:
“It is a preseason game but the part I like is that they’re all pulling for each other. The one’s pulling for the two’s, the one offense pulling for the two defense and the one defense pulling for the one offense. So, that’s good. That camaraderie is important when you’re building a football team like these guys are building. They believe in each other, they trust each other, they support each other. They’ve done it all through camp. Everything I’ve thrown at them they’ve handled.”
In particular, starting quarterback Alex Smith looked great, completing 17-of-24 passes for 158 yards and a touchdown. He led the Chiefs to a great touchdown drive with under two minutes to go in the first half, and it could be argued that the drive was the defining moment of Kansas City’s preseason. Smith took a big hit from Troy Polamalu, but bounced right back up and drove the field.
Dwayne Bowe talked about his quarterback’s toughness after the game, according to Reid Ferrin of KCChiefs.com:
“That’s what he does,” Bowe said of Smith. ”Just standing in the pocket, making the throws he has to. Also, he makes the checks and locates the mike to help the linemen out. He’s just an all-around quarterback. He’s going to stick in there and get us the ball. Remember, he wants to win too with us.”
And Reid’s thoughts on the starting quarterback?
“I asked Ted for his stats, he was 17-for-24 and a 102.4 quarterback rating, so I’d say that’s a pretty good day. I thought he was accurate and competitive. I thought he managed things well. A lot of those plays we turned over to him and he put on what he thought he saw there. I thought he did a nice job managing that and getting us in and out of good plays.”
Kansas City gets back to work this week preparing for the final game of the preseason. The Green Bay Packers will be heading to town to face the Chiefs at Arrowhead on Thursday night.