Starting at their own 31-yard line, the Chiefs drove the football down the field on their opening possession. It was first and two with the ball on Denver’s two-yard line going in. All Kansas City had to do was punch it in, and start the game off with a huge statement.
Instead, Alex Smith threw a poor ball to a wide open Anthony Fasano in the end zone, and it was picked off by Denver linebacker Wesley Woodyard.
Smith broke down the interception when talking to the media, saying, “No, I saw him late. I really think it was a good decision, I thought he was open.”
“You know (it was) first down, it was just a bad throw,” Smith explained. “First down passing, you look back and you miss that ball high. You really throw it to (Anthony) Fasano or nobody because it wasn’t fourth down or third down,” he said. “Looking back on that, I thought it was a good decision. I thought he was open; I still think he was, it was just a bad throw, bad execution.”
It truly was a bad throw. In the pictures below, you can see that Fasano was indeed wide open, but the throw was unfortunately too low.
The Chiefs’ offense was still able to bounce back, and it looked good for much of the game. But without a doubt, this was a poor way to start this huge matchup.
Ironically enough, Kansas City lost by one touchdown, 28-35