Chiefs Look Terrible in 37-10 Loss to Jets
NEW YORK CITY — The Kansas City Chiefs looked awful in virtually every phase of the game on Sunday, losing to the New York Jets in a 37-10 laugher that all but ended their already-slim playoff hopes.
The Jets, behind an efficient 13 of 21 for 181 yards performance from quarterback Mark Sanchez, had control of the game from the opening kickoff and never looked back, leading the inept Chiefs 28-3 by halftime.
Chiefs offense, lead by quarterback Tyler Palko, took that ineptitude to a new level during the first half with just 4 total yards of offense and one first down. Palko, who was also sacked five times on the day, had a stronger second half, finishing the game 16 of 32 for 195 yards and a touchdown but by that time the game had long-since gotten out of control.
Jets RB Shon Greene scorched the Chiefs for 129 yards and a touchdown, along with three catches for 58 yards. Santonio Holmes and LaDanian Tomlinson each added touchdown catches for the Jets. Sanchez added two touchdowns on the ground for the Jets, who improved to 8-5 and took over the last AFC wild-card playoff spot.
The Chiefs implosion was capped by a bizarre Jets touchdown drive in the third quarter which began on their own 9 yard line. The Chiefs were penalized five times for 81 yards, including an unsportsmanlike conduct flag on Chiefs head coach Todd Haley, on the drive which was capped by a Mark Sanchez rushing touchdown.
The Chiefs collected 11 penalties on the day.
Later in the fourth quarter, the Chiefs attempted an onside kick, but it was flubbed by kicker Ryan Succop who managed to tap the ball only three yards.
The lone highlight for the Chiefs on the afternoon was an uncharacteristically spectacular catch on a Palko through into tight coverage by Jerheme Urban for a touchdown, making the score 35-10 Jets.
Chiefs RB Jackie Battle was tackled in the end zone for a safety late in the game, bringing the final score to 37-10.
The Chiefs, now in the basement of the AFC West at 5-8, will face the 13-0 Green Bay Packers on Sunday at Arrowhead Stadium.