Winners/Losers: Chiefs Vs Steelers

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The NFL forced the Chiefs to play in the Wildcard Round with the new playoff format, now they’re in the Divisional Round where they belong.

It started slow, but by the end it went the way pretty much everybody expected it to. There are obviously a bunch of winners, but can we find a loser?

Winners

The Defense

The scoreboard may say they allowed 21 points, but 7 of those points were on a fumble touchdown. They didn’t even allow Pittsburgh to cross midfield until it was 35-7 in the 2nd half. No one player stood out, as this dominance was a total team effort on this side of the ball.

Patrick Mahomes

The offense started incredibly slowly, with their only accomplishment after 5 drives was giving the Steelers a touchdown to be down 7-0, and Mahomes was a big part of that. as he looked like his head wasn’t entirely in the game. 

But then he woke up.

After that fumble, the Chiefs scored touchdowns on 6 consecutive drives (to put that into perspective, the Bills in their great game against the Patriots barely topped it with 7 straight) and Mahomes was the driver. He ended up with 404 yards, 5 touchdowns, and an interception. And he would have likely had 6 touchdowns had Kelce not gotten one himself.

Travis Kelce

 

Kelce had a huge night with 108 yards and a touchdown catch, but this game will be remembered for his touchdown throw that was actually quite impressive. I can’t think of the last time I saw a Chief besides Mahomes throw a ball with that much zip off-platform. 

Jerrick McKinnon

McKinnon got the majority of the workload, and he made the most of it, with 61 yards rushing on 12 carries and 81 yards and a touchdown receiving. If he continues to play at this level throughout the playoffs, he may earn himself the starting job.

Mecole Hardman

Hardman will get lost in the shuffle, as he had a mediocre 43 receiving yards, but he had two huge punt returns, including one that went 48 yards and set up the offense on the Steelers’ 22. Unfortunately, Mahomes threw a pick on the very next play, so it went to waste.

Demarcus Robinson

Robinson had a pretty good game considering he’s arguably the 5th option with 76 yards, but what put him over the top for the winners list was his onside kick recovery. The Steelers got a fantastic bounce, and had Robinson not made a great play on it, they likely recover. 

The Refs

I’ve included the referees as losers in a number of games this year, and the refs in general this wildcard weekend have been having a rough time. But the ones in this game were great. As far as I saw, all the penalties were correct, and they didn’t miss any obvious ones. Considering how bad a lot of the refereeing has been lately I think they deserve a bit of recognition when they do well.

Losers

Orlando Brown

The rough start on offense was on a lot of guys, but Brown in particular allowed a number of pressures that rattled Mahomes. It ended up not mattering much since we were playing the Steelers, but he needs to step up his game next week against the Bills.

 

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river
river
01/17/2022 5:08 pm

I don’t get why Brown couldn’t seem to get his hands on the DE to at least give him a good shove to the outside

upamtn
Reply to  river
01/17/2022 5:21 pm

cuz he’s slow

river
river
Reply to  upamtn
01/17/2022 7:56 pm

Maybe Thuney could kick him in the arse to get him going next game

zulu trader
zulu trader
01/17/2022 2:56 pm

NFL Philosophy
@NFLosophy
Times are set for the NFL Divisional Round schedule.

Saturday, January 22

Bengals vs. Titans (4:30pm ET on CBS
49ers vs. Packers (8:15pm ET on FOX)

Sunday, January 23

Cardinals/Rams vs. Buccaneers (3:00 ET on NBC)
Bills vs. Chiefs (6:30pm ET on CBS)

zulu trader
zulu trader
01/17/2022 2:50 pm

Adam Teicher
@adamteicher
Andy Reid wouldn’t commit just now to Jerick McKinnon continuing to have a big workload for the Chiefs.

“It’s a good problem to have. We’ll see how it all plays out.”

zulu trader
zulu trader
01/17/2022 2:45 pm

zulu trader
zulu trader
01/17/2022 2:44 pm

PFF KC Chiefs
@PFF_Chiefs
The Chiefs DOMINATED the Steelers on Sunday Night Here are the five highest-graded Chiefs from Super Wild Card Weekend:
1. Creed Humphrey – 90.5
2. Tershawn Wharton – 89.5
3. Travis Kelce – 87.0
4. Charvarius Ward – 82.4
5. Joe Thuney – 81.1

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river
river
Reply to  zulu trader
01/17/2022 7:07 pm

What did Brown grade out?

MasterChief
MasterChief
01/17/2022 1:11 pm

McKinnon: Wow! I did not expect him to start, but he looked as good as he did last week. He must be super fresh, because his cut is crisp and he really really shoots through the hole fast. It’s really nice to have a guy like that heating up at the right time.

DRob: This might have been DRob’s best game yet. He caught everything. My ONLY complaint was holding the ball out like a dirty diaper. I yelled at him and he decided it was better to put it away. The onside recovery was great. Tyreek ran backwards more than DRob did today, so I’m giving DRob his just dues!

DEFENSE: While the offense did come to life, it wasn’t until later in the 2nd qtr. The defense played a great game for pretty much the entire game.

MasterChief
MasterChief
Reply to  MasterChief
01/17/2022 2:36 pm

Mahomes: Fasted 5 TD passes ever, in 11:31. Now THAT is an offensive explosion!

zulu trader
zulu trader
Reply to  MasterChief
01/17/2022 2:37 pm

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NovaChiefs
NovaChiefs
01/17/2022 12:47 pm

“No one player stood out, as this dominance was a total team effort on this side of the ball.”

Just the way it should be on Defense.

upamtn
Reply to  NovaChiefs
01/17/2022 1:06 pm

WINNER: Belichick for his head not exploding on the sidelines of the Pats-Bills game

Wichita Chief
Wichita Chief
01/17/2022 12:33 pm

Understand the only views I had were live on the field, but it sure seemed like #56 Highsmith zoomed around Brown on multiple occasions. Pat was getting the pressure from him on his backside and that sent him off on multiple scrambles.

DenverDonkeyHater
DenverDonkeyHater
Reply to  Wichita Chief
01/17/2022 1:31 pm

Brown sucks with pure speed rushers. Which is a huge problem when the guy coming off the other edge is named Watt. Cant chip everyone.

DenverDonkeyHater
DenverDonkeyHater
01/17/2022 10:33 am

Loser: Townsend. Had this been the alex smith years his horrid punting would probably have cost us the game.

upamtn
Reply to  Tony Sommer
01/17/2022 11:14 am

AND he’s coming back from Covid a coupla weeks ago … sheeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeesh, way too many fans fail to realize that these guys on the field are HUMAN and not Madden Characters in a Computer Sim

DenverDonkeyHater
DenverDonkeyHater
Reply to  upamtn
01/17/2022 11:30 am

Hes a punter does covid affect your kicking leg?

larch
Reply to  DenverDonkeyHater
01/17/2022 11:52 am

I’m coming out the end of a bout with omicron, my body still feels weak and shovelling snow is a tough chore right now. Bodies react differently and ya he’s a professional athlete but still I think you’re being a little harsh.

NovaChiefs
NovaChiefs
Reply to  DenverDonkeyHater
01/17/2022 12:44 pm

Is that the only body part that goes into punting?

DenverDonkeyHater
DenverDonkeyHater
Reply to  NovaChiefs
01/17/2022 1:28 pm

Yep. Thats pretty much it

ProfChesterTQ
ProfChesterTQ
Reply to  DenverDonkeyHater
01/18/2022 6:41 pm

yeah, balance/cog-fog plus general mono-like fatigue/listlessness

DenverDonkeyHater
DenverDonkeyHater
Reply to  Tony Sommer
01/17/2022 11:28 am

Terrible if youre punting from the 45. Might as well punt it into the endzone.

larch
01/17/2022 10:28 am

One more observation: Anderson was in on a couple of ST plays. He was a goat late in the regular season but Toub showed confidence in sending him out there last night. Anderson may only be a small piece of the puzzle but if he’s learning from his mistakes and getting better then that makes the team better.

upamtn
Reply to  larch
01/17/2022 11:14 am

thank you!

larch
01/17/2022 10:25 am

Yes re DRob’s recovery of the attempted onside kick, that wasn’t an easy grab. On the other hand, on one of his receptions he was waving the ball around like he was guiding an airplane on a runway, that shit makes me shudder. But he did have a good game so, ya, winner.

SCKSChief
SCKSChief
Reply to  Tony Sommer
01/17/2022 12:05 pm

Pretty sure every coach in America yelled at the TV on that one. LOL

vvet818
Reply to  SCKSChief
01/17/2022 12:17 pm

i know i was
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Wichita Chief
Wichita Chief
Reply to  larch
01/17/2022 12:34 pm

I asked my friend “who’s this DRob they speak of?”

larch
01/17/2022 10:22 am

Nick Alegretti: the only guy to manhandle TJ Watts, and he made the catch. It’s always a pleaser to see a big ugly score a TD.

vvet818
01/17/2022 10:11 am

i wouldn’t call him a loser however the only time i noticed honey badger was when he whiffed on a couple of tackles

larch
Reply to  vvet818
01/17/2022 10:21 am

My impression of his performance is the same. I’ve been waffling on whether to call out HB because the Chiefs need him to step up and I don’t want to jinx him, but it seemed to me watching the game that Armani Watts made more contact in the back end of the 4th quarter than HB did all game. Now: maybe HB is dinged up (I don’t know) and maybe he was playing to a scheme (unlikely that would call for him backing off and that’s not his MO up to now.)

Straybrit
Straybrit
Reply to  larch
01/17/2022 11:17 am

I think he’s been making commercial decisions on the field for the last half of the season. Not that I blame him – he’s not going to get injured and put his free agency pay check at risk.

Unless we signed him and I missed it?

larch
Reply to  Straybrit
01/17/2022 11:57 am

If that is what he’s doing then I would blame him and put Watts out there instead.

upamtn
Reply to  larch
01/17/2022 11:18 am

LOL

fuck that … call ’em out when they play like shit … INCLUDING him, maybe ESPECIALLY him … jinx him? from what, making plays that he didn’t make to begin with?

rather have a Zayne Anderson with HEART who’s FLYING AROUND THE FIELD than an overpaid on-the-field CHEERLEADER (toxic? you bet he is … )

DenverDonkeyHater
DenverDonkeyHater
Reply to  upamtn
01/17/2022 11:35 am

Werent you giving me crap up above for calling out Townsends shitty punting?

(Not that I disagree about mathieu)

upamtn
Reply to  DenverDonkeyHater
01/17/2022 1:09 pm

there’s a difference (I think) … I don’t have any doubt whatsoever that TT is doing the best he can (he needs a tiny bit more depth, but he also needs some backspin, plant ’em inside the 10)

with HB it “seems” different … is HE giving 110% every play? not so sure on that one … and that’s the difference (and he of all players needs be more than JUST vocal out there, otherwise all he is is an “on field coach”)

Stuckinpackland
Stuckinpackland
Reply to  upamtn
01/17/2022 1:03 pm

I hope like hell we don’t bring ABBA back next year.

Last edited 3 months ago by Stuckinpackland
rip58
Reply to  Stuckinpackland
01/17/2022 2:22 pm

What’s wrong with abba

Stuckinpackland
Stuckinpackland
Reply to  rip58
01/17/2022 7:05 pm

Abba sucks, so does the dancing queen that is Mathieu

larch
Reply to  Stuckinpackland
01/17/2022 2:53 pm
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