Report Card: Bears vs. Chiefs

Finally a break through game for the Chiefs much maligned defense. They showed the fire and passion that had been missing the previous six games.

With all the focus on Holmes and his bid to set the NFL single-season TD record, Trent Green and his receivers quietly put Holmes in position to score by completing 19 of 27 passes for 162 yards and one six-yard TD to Eddie Kennison. That put the Chiefs up 14-0 and let them start thinking about using Holmes exclusively the next time they got in the red zone. Green threw one bad ball all day when he didn't put enough on a throw to Dante Hall open in the end zone, and he was intercepted. Johnnie Morton had a solid 6-for-81 days with some tackle-escaping yards after the catch.

Kansas City's paltry 2.6-yard average deserves a D, but Holmes gets extra credit for not being denied the touchdowns the Chiefs craved despite some extraordinary measures by the Bears in the red zone. On his 26th TD, which broke Emmitt Smith's single-season record for rushing TDs, the Chiefs had the sweep so well blocked Holmes walked the last several strides into the end zone. On his second score, the 27th that broke Marshall Faulk's record for single-season all purpose TDs, Holmes had a classic Marcus Allen-style vault over the line. Rookie Larry Johnson added a nice direction-changing 5-yard TD in mop-up time, but the Chiefs otherwise didn't do much in the running game.

Pass rush was the best in weeks, as evidenced by four sacks -- two on back-to-back plays by rush specialist R-Kal Truluck during the mop-up portion of the game. Rex Grossman left the game in the second quarter after he was hit by Gary Stills when running and throwing outside the pocket. Backup Kordell Stewart was intercepted twice within a stretch of three offensive plays. Chicago completed only 17 of 42 passes. LB Scott Fujita got his first NFL interception, and S Greg Wesley got his career-high sixth off a deflection by teammate Dexter McCleon.

Chicago's 84 net rushing yards were the least against the Chiefs' 32nd-ranked rush defense in almost two months. Why the Bears didn't run more is a mystery that may be explained in the coaching change made 24 hours later.

Dante Hall was the only disappointed Chief in that he didn't get the fifth kick-return TD needed to take sole possession of the NFL's single-season record. He came close, but was caught after a 44-yard return of the opening kickoff. He was so disappointed at not scoring since tying the record on Oct. 5 that he left without talking to reporters -- uncharacteristic for Hall. Punter Jason Baker had his best day of the season -- not in average (38.6), but in skillfully dropping two punts inside the 10. Top Stories