Bills Stevie Johnson says Sean Smith “got lucky” on Interception

Nov 3, 2013; Orchard Park, NY, USA; Kansas City Chiefs cornerback Sean Smith (27) intercepts the ball and runs it back for a touchdown during the second half against the Buffalo Bills at Ralph Wilson Stadium. Chiefs beat the Bills 23 to 13. Mandatory Credit: Timothy T. Ludwig-USA TODAY Sports

Kansas City Chiefs’ corner back Sean Smith had the play on Sunday that turned the tide against the Buffalo Bills. While the Chiefs were down 10-3 against the Bills, undrafted rookie free agent quarterback Jeff Tuel had driven the team down to the 1-yard line on the back of a 61 yard C.J. Spiller run. It looked like the Bills were going to go up 17-3 when Smith stepped in front of a Tuel pass and took it 100 yards – unofficially 101 yards – to the house, tying the game and giving the Chiefs a 14 point swing.

But, was it skill?

Not according to Bills wide receiver Stevie Johnson who was standing wide open in the back of the end zone on the play. From Marc Sessler’s report on NFL.com, Johnson said Smith got lucky.

“I shook him, he almost fell, and he basically fell into an interception and that was it.”

It would appear that Smith blew his coverage of Johnson, allowing his man to run free but putting himself in position to pick off the pass. Perhaps Smith had a quick moment of ESP and knew where Tuel was going with the ball or maybe it was just luck. Regardless, the play changed the momentum of the game and Bills were unable to find their feet, ultimately falling to the Chiefs 23-13.

Topics: Buffalo |Bills, Kansas City Chiefs, Sean Smith, Stevie Johnson

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  • Chuck Burrell

    Chuck Burrell says Stevie Johnson’s a bitch. The whole game I kept wishing for EB to blow him up for tearing his ACL in his sophomore season while diving into the back of his knee.

    • Jason Seibel

      Jason Seibel wants to know why Chuck Burrell is referring to himself in the third person. Me too, by the way in regards to blowing up Johnson by EB!

      • Chuck Burrell

        I suppose I did it in response the the title of the article. I’d thought I’d catch grief for swearing rather than commenting in third person ha.

        Side note – I’m just glad we got the W. We’re gonna give the donks more than they can handle after a long 2 weeks of prep

      • berttheclock

        I thought he had just watched a “Seinfeld” episode where Costanzo is “smitten” by a fellow who keeps calling himself “Jimmy” as in “Jimmy says….”, or “Jimmy wants……”

    • chiefin’ainteasy

      Agreed! I probably only said that exact same thing half of a dozen times throughout the game…

      • BigGil

        You said “Chuck Burrell says Stevie Johnson’s a bitch” a half a dozen times throughout the game? That’s… weird…

        :-P

  • John M Dowd

    Instead of crying about how Smith was lucky how about saying something about how your QB refused to look anywhere else and threw it to a spot no matter how many people were standing there.

  • CHIEFFANINAZ

    What was luck was , it was lucky For the Bills that Dex dropped the wide open TD pass .

  • Clint Moran

    Hey, Stevie. It might have also been luck that Sean smith raced 100 yds, untouched for a td because you were in the middle of the end zone flailing your arms around because you didn’t get the ball. But, I thank you for not giving chase, and instead treating chiefs fans to your best Phillip rivers impersonation. Not bad, btw.

    • Jason Seibel

      I wish I could “like” this comment more than once! 1000 /

      • Clint Moran

        Haha! I know I’m not the only one that noticed!

    • berttheclock

      To which Stevie Johnson whined, “But, he did a 4.43 at the combine and I only did a 4.59″ “Geez, and he had about eight yards head start on me” “Coming out of the University of Kentucky, I was worried I might have pulled a fetlock”.

      • Clint Moran

        To which I would say: the only way to guarantee you won’t make the tackle is to do exactly what you did…. nothing. Hell, smiths 4.4 speed wasn’t even used for the last 35 yards where smith had to slow down so dj could engage tuel. You are taught in peewee football to never give up on a play, why is it acceptable at the highest level of football in the world? Bad, Stevie, bad!

  • berttheclock

    Baloney Johnson. Yes, he did stumble, but, Tuel was looking straight at Number 11 (Woods?) coming across and not at Johnson. Sean Smith read his eyes. Had the rookie QB held up and spotted Johnson, then, it would have been a different story. BTW, Smith said he thought there would be a LB behind him in the end zone to pick up the wide out. But, yes, I really do want to hear more from the guy who put Berry out for the season on a very dirty play, then, wouldn’t own to it and had his, then, HC support him.

  • Stacy D. Smith

    He suited up as Jeff Tuel and threw the ball to himself too, right?

  • berttheclock

    Sean Smith’s run reminded me of the song from the ’70s about the truckers, “Hey, Rubber Duckie, looks as though we got ourselves a convoy, 10-4?” It looked like a Sea of Red roaring down the field in support of Smith.

    • Jason Seibel

      Family.

    • Michael Shaw

      The movie was Breaker Breaker with Chuck Norris!!!!!

  • Jason Seibel

    Best tweet about this article: …And Tamba Hali got lucky that there just so happened to be a football laying on the ground, too! HAHAHAHAHA!!!

  • chris

    Stay classy stevie, you’re a true professional

  • berttheclock

    Smith’s long run reminded me of the time I “watched” a Chiefs game on the computer. I can’t recall the opponent, but, the Chiefs were driving in the Red Zone and I was awaiting to see a 6 go up for KC. You know how the computer will show a drive in color? I was expecting to see the red color drive into the end zone. Suddenly, there was the color of the opponent running the length of the field. Trent Green’s pass had been intercepted in the end zone and turned into a Pick 6.

    • LeVar Hill

      I remember that it was against the texans and trent tried to force 1 to tony Gonzalez lol yeah I was heart broken.

  • Horace Lee Madre Jr

    He’s one of a LONG line of WR’s who could be better if they’d put more emphasis on their game instead of talking. Hey Stevie SHUT UP BITCH!

  • Metalcamra

    man, sore loser

  • Cody McCool

    we could all say it was luck a few years ago when stevie johnson barely caught a ball on the ground right on the goal line with seconds left to win against us. luck or not sean smith did something right you just stood there looking like a pissed off kid that didn’t get a juice box.

  • Metalcamra

    i will say though, #11 is the hot read and this is a classic short 1st down play. But with tamba coming untouched on Tuel’s blind side, WITH a low snap, Tuel executed. An elite, not average, but elite QB would’ve seen Stevie. But still, I have confidence in Smitty that he knew that quick flat was 90% chance likely. Take a look back at Cooper, the CB covering the hot read, #11. Had Smitty not been there, we might’ve seen another excellent effort for a touchback INT by the rookie off waivers, Marcus Cooper. Tuel made an inexperienced mistake as much as the elite Chiefs secondary read the play.

  • Jim Harper

    Shit happens Stevie! No other explanation for your existence.

    • Pealvin

      Poor taste!

  • Michael Shaw

    This little cheap shot craptard needs to shut up and play ball!!! I was yelling at EB to take out his knee the whole game!!! Still not over that one!! Never mind the fact that Tamba was 1/2 a step away from a sack, so if even a veteran had tried to not pull the trigger to #11, it would likely have been a sack or a sack and a fumble. Tamba was untouched.

  • LeVar Hill

    Stevie Johnson your such a fucking buster sean smith made a veteran move and watched the rooks eye’s and got the pick 6 end of discussion. It’s plays like this that lead me to believe our chiefs are in for a special year this year, in the past buffalo goes up 17-3 and we lose. This is not your ordinary chiefs squad this year.

  • ChadL

    Stevie is mad Smith shut him down for a measly 36 yards that game. I suppose that was luck too.

  • Phillip Maxwell

    I said all along it was a “look what I found” interception but, some posters have been disagreeing with me. At the snap Johnson pushed off Smith and blew by him, Smith stumbled, when he caught his ground he looked up at Tool and put his hands up. I’ve watched it over and over, even in slow mo, “a savvy veteran move” as one poster called it is laughable. I’m just glad it went down that way.

    • berttheclock

      What I am disagreeing with you about is Smith said the play called for a LB to pick up the released receiver. There was no LB behind him. The savvy veteran move was to read the eyes of Tuel who was looking for Woods crossing. He was not looking for Johnson. Tuel stared in Woods. That was his rookie mistake. The stumbling by Smith was due to trying to shove Johnson to slow him.

  • Pealvin

    He whooped sean off the line but, we had to get a play like that back because Dex dropped a TD.

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