Report Card: Chiefs 'D'

Kansas City could never solve the Colts offense but the Chiefs offense had no problem moving the ball on Indianapolis.

PASSING OFFENSE: B-plus
Trent Green was sharp and accurate all day in hitting 18 of 30 passes for 212 yards and 1 TD without being picked, but his receivers let him down several times. There were five dropped passes, with Marc Boerigter and Dante Hall missing two in the end zone on drives that resulted in a field goal and a missed field goal. Johnnie Morton had two drops, one on a potential third-down conversion at the Colts 7.

RUSHING OFFENSE: A-minus
Holmes looked sharp and fast in running for an impressive 176 yards on 24 tries with two TDs. But Holmes' grade falls off because he fumbled at the KC 22 at the end of a 48-yard run when he looked behind him to stiff-arm a trailing Walt Harris and failed to see David Macklin closing from his blind side.

PASS DEFENSE: F
Still waiting to make its first play against Manning, who completed 22 of 30 passes for 304 yards and three TDs. Indy receivers also had two drops. Manning was sacked only once, and pressured about as often. Marvin Harrison had a big 6-98 game and Reggie Wayne wasn't far behind at 6-83.

RUSH DEFENSE: C-minus
Edgerrin James was solid in running 26-125 with 2 TDs and a 4.8-yard average. The Chiefs needed to shut him down to take away the play action game and didn't do it.

SPECIAL TEAMS: B-plus
Hall's 92-yard kickoff return was a thing of beauty, and KC's kickoff coverage also deserves an A. But Morten Andersen's 31-yard field-goal miss just before halftime brings this grade down. KC needed to be perfect, to score on every possession, and Andersen let his side down. Neither team punted.

COACHING - D
Was Greg Robinson's defensive game plan that bad or was Peyton Manning that good. A lot of both, probably. Nothing Robinson called worked, and he was breaking out defense from the first part of the season when KC was 9-0. Al Saunders offensive plan get an A, but Vermeil brought the overall grade down when he decided to keep deep after KC closed to the final 38-31 margin with all of 4:22 remaining. Needing just one stop, he turned the game over to a Robinson defense that hadn't stopped Manning all day. He paid the price when the Colts killed all but the final 8 seconds of the clock.


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