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.