On Sunday the New York Jets hosted the Kansas City Chiefs at MetLife Stadium.
The Chiefs entered having lost five of their last six games after starting the season 5-0. The New York Jets entered having lost two straight and five of six as well after starting the season 3-2.
Despite four long touchdown passes from Alex Smith, the Kansas City Chiefs were unable to stop the Jets offense and fell to the home team, 38-31.
The Chiefs ran just 18 second half plays to the New York Jets 56 plays and their defense was thoroughly exhausted at the end of the game. The final touchdown for the Jets was scored after numerous penalties by the Chiefs extended their drive.
Here is how the game broke down. Events happen in real time.
After struggling offensively the last six weeks, the Chiefs offense got off to a great start against the New York Jets by scoring a touchdown very quickly. It took Alex Smith five plays, which he completed four passes for 76 yards, culminating with a 22 yard TD pass to Travis Kelce.
On the Jets first drive they went three and out.
On the Chiefs next drive, they continued their offensive output with a 36-yard TD from Smith to Kelce on the very first play after Tyreek Hill returned a punt 24 yards. The Chiefs had two TD in a span of 1:46. After averaging just 18 PPG in their last six games, the Chiefs already had 14 in the first two minutes.
Down 14 points already, the New York Jets offense responded with McCown connecting with Jermaine Kearse, Robby Anderson and Matt Forte, along with rushing yards from Elijah McGuire.
After a Elijah McGuire nine yard TD run was overturned, Bilal Powell ran it in from one yard to put the New York Jets on the board. The touchdown run by Powell capped a nine play 75 yard drive. McCown went 3-3 for 41 yards on the drive.
On the Chiefs next drive the New York Jets defense stiffened up and held them to a three and out.
The New York Jets offense evened the score on their next drive, as Josh McCown drove the Jets 68 yards in eight plays, culminating with a one-yard quarterback sneak by McCown to tie the game at 14. A key play on the drive was a 44-yard pass from McCown to Jermaine Kearse.
Alex Smith got the Chiefs back on track on their next drive, moving the Chiefs 57 yards on eight plays. The drive stalled at the New York Jets 20 where Harrison Butker missed a 38-yard field goal.
The New York Jets drove to midfield on their next drive, but succumbed to penalties and had to punt back to Kansas City.
Alex Smith turned in a career long 70 yard run on the Chiefs next drive, taking Kansas City from deep in their territory to inside the red zone. Kansas City was unable to move the ball any further as they settled for a Butker 36-yard field goal to give them a 17-14 lead.
The New York Jets had the football to finish the first half looking to tie the game or take the lead. McCown led the Jets down the field, connecting with wide receiver Anderson three times for 35 yards. McCown and the New York Jets capped the drive with a 11-yard TD pass to Matt Forte to give home team a 21-17 lead with :23 left in the first half.
The New York Jets drive totaled 75 yards on 10 plays that took 2:24.
FIRST HALF STATS
Josh McCown: 14-17, 164 yards, TD
Alex Smith: 11-18, 164 yards, 2 TD
New York Jets: 258
Kansas City Chiefs: 261
New York Jets: 21 rushes for 94 yards
Kansas City Chiefs: 8 rushes for 101 yards
The New York Jets got the ball to start the second half and drove 72 yards on 18 plays taking 9:31 off the clock. McCown was 5-6 on the drive, but it ended on the Chiefs nine yard line. Chandler Catanzaro kicked a 27-yard field goal to give the New York Jets a 24-17 lead.
The Chiefs and Alex Smith countered very quickly and struck for their third big play touchdown pass of the game. For the second time in the game, Smith just needed one play to reach the end zone as Tyreek Hill blew past Rashard Robinson for a 79-yard touchdown pass. Butker’s extra point tied the game at 24.
The New York Jets offense continued their outstanding play with another field goal drive. This one took just five plays and went 46 yards as McCown connected with Robby Anderson on a 26-yard pass play that was aided by a roughing the passer penalty. Chandler Catanzaro kicked a 47-yard field goal after the Jets drive stalled at the Chiefs 29.
The New York Jets defense came up big on the Chiefs next drive when they pressured Alex Smith on a third and one, forcing Smith the throw an incomplete pass.
The New York Jets offense once again put together a long drive, going 58 yards in 10 plays, culminating with a 38-yard field goal by Catanzaro to give the home team a six point lead, 30-24. McCown once again connected with Anderson and Kearse on big third down conversions. Both receivers went over the 100-yard mark for the second straight week.
Kansas City once again countered the New York Jets with another long touchdown pass to take the lead. For the fourth time today, Alex Smith threw a touchdown pass of 20 yards or longer when he connected with Tyreek Hill for the second time, this one for 40 yards. The Chiefs have run just 10 second half plays to the New York Jets 34, but they lead by one after the extra point.
On their next drive, the New York Jets offense was again on the prowl, converting two big third downs to move inside the Chiefs 10-yard line. However, for the fourth straight time this half, the New York Jets were unable to put the ball in the end zone. The drive looked to have ended at the Chiefs five yard line, where Catanzaro kicked a 21-yard field goal to give the Jets a 33-31 lead. However, Kansas City was called for a personal foul on the field goal, giving the Jets a first down at the Chiefs two yard line.
The Chiefs turned the Jets away on two running plays to set up a third and goal, where McCown threw an incomplete pass. However, Kansas City once again bailed the Jets out with a holding penalty to give the Jets a first down at the one yard line.
Once again the Chiefs defense stopped the New York Jets running game on the first two downs, setting up a third and goal inside the one yard line. For the second time in the game, McCown used a quarterback sneak to push the ball across the goal line to give the Jets a 36-31 lead. The Jets used 6:47 to go 74 yards on 12 plays.
The New York Jets went for two and once again the Chiefs defense bailed them out. As Josh McCown was chased outside the pocket, he threw an incomplete pass in the end zone. However, Kansas City was called for holding as well as roughing the passer.
While the officials were deciding who the call was on for Kansas City, Marcus Peters threw the officials flag in the crowd. Peters was ejected and the Jets got another chance to convert the two-point conversion.
This time the New York Jets broke through, as Elijah McGuire scored on a pitch to give them a 38-31 lead.
The Chiefs had a chance to tie the game, but the New York Jets defense toughened up. Kansas City drove to the Jets 19 where Alex Smith threw an incomplete pass to Travis Kelce on fourth down.
Josh McCown: 26-36, 331 yards, TD. 2 rush TD
Alex Smith: 19-33, 366 yards, 4 TD
New York Jets: 488
Kansas City Chiefs: 474
The Chiefs offense finally got back on track, but their defense was awful. They lost for the sixth time in seven games and fell to 6-6 on the season.
The New York Jets snapped their two game losing streak and have now won four straight and five of their last six games against Kansas City at home.
GAME CHANGING PLAY
The Chiefs two penalties as the New York Jets ran for the go-ahead TD with 2:15 left in the game. Both times penalties extended the Jets drive and instead of them settling for a field goal and a two-point lead, they were able to take a seven-point lead.
NOT ENOUGH IN THE END
Alex Smith threw four touchdown passes that averaged 44.3 yards per reception, but the Chiefs still lost.
The New York Jets travel to Denver to take on the Broncos next Sunday.
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