On a day when Priest Holmes rushed for 100 yards and scored four touchdowns in the first half; you had a feeling this was the Chiefs day as they shut down the high powered dirty birds behind a NFL record setting eight rushing touchdowns that resulted in their second victory of the season and gave the rest of the NFL notice this team is not dead yet.
When the Atlanta Falcons took the opening possession and moved down to the Chiefs 1-yard line after back to back runs by quarterback Michael Vick, many of the Kansas City faithful thought this could be a long day for the home team. The Chiefs just three minutes into the game faced a critical series and as it turned out the Chiefs made the plays that turned the game around.
Thanks to some questionable play calling by the Falcons, the Chiefs defense stiffened and prevented Atlanta from getting into the end zone. Instead they had to settle for a 19-yard field goal by kicker Jay Feely.
But the game took a bizarre turn when the Chiefs took over for their first possession of the game. Wanting to establish the run Priest Holmes took a hand-off from Trent Green and weaved his way for a six-yard gain but Superman fumbled the ball. To the shock of the stunned Arrowhead crowd, Holmes coughed up the football and the Falcons had the ball at the Chiefs 39-yard line.
The defense took over as they pressured Vick and forced him to stay in the pocket. After being unable to move the ball for a single yard on their first three plays, Vick and company decided to go for it. But that attempt proved futile as the Chiefs stopped the Falcons and seized control of the game.
On the next possession, the Chiefs offense went back to Holmes as he diced and sliced up the Falcons heralded defense. Holmes, who would score four touchdowns on the day, rambled untouched into the end zone from 15-yards out as Kansas City took the lead for good 7-3.
The beat continued later in the first quarter as the Chiefs defense continued their assault on Vick. After a short punt, Kansas City drove 51 yards on three plays as back-up running back Derrick Blaylock scored one of his four touchdowns on the game. This one from seven-yards out as like Holmes, Blaylock walked into the end zone untouched and that gave the Chiefs a 14-3 lead.
Still unable to move the ball on defense the Chiefs offense scored three more times in the second quarter to salt the game away. Priest Holmes completed the second quarter trifecta by scoring a pair of 2-yard touchdown runs; the second coming with only 2:30 left in the game.
After the defense held once again, the Chiefs offense tried to go in for one more score but they were forced to punt the ball. Sensing a small window of opportunity Vick threw his second interception of the game, this one by cornerback Eric Warfield. That would set up Holmes third touchdown of the quarter with .02 seconds left in the half. That gave Holmes a career high four touchdowns in the first half and tied him with the likes of Eric Dickerson and Jim Brown for that amazing feat.
Holmes didn't just do it on the ground but also added 41 receiving yards and for the first time this season; Kansas City regularly ran screen plays that caught the Falcons defense off guard. The Falcons came into the game as the NFL's top rated defense against the run but Holmes ran for 103 yards rushing and as a team managed to gain 140 yards in the first half.
Trent Green was efficient in the first half as he completed 12 of 16 passes for 161 yards. He pinpointed his passes and spread the ball around to six different receivers.
In the second half, the Falcons managed to score a special teams touchdown as Allen Rossum returned a punt 75 yards that gave the Falcons a small glimmer of light. But on the next offensive possession the Chiefs ran it down the throats of the Falcons defense and controlled the clock for nearly six minutes. Blaylock scored his second of three touchdowns from 1-yard out giving the Chiefs a 42-10 lead.
The Falcons could not score again as the Chiefs dominated in all phases of the game. The Chiefs surpassed an NFL record that had been held by the 1976 Los Angeles Rams who managed to score seven rushing touchdowns. To say the least it's an NFL record that two players on the same team in the same game each scored four touchdowns. This is a record that could stand for many years to come.
But despite the offense juggernaut by the Chiefs, the Kansas City defense was the star of the game as they shut down Vick holding him to 119 yards passing and frustrated the superstar quarterback to the point he was pulled in the fourth quarter. The Chiefs defense to their credit also stopped the Falcons five times on fourth down plays that resulted in turning the ball back to the offense.
What a difference a week makes in the NFL. Defensive Coordinator Gunther Cunningham had his troops motivated and blitzing like demons. Cornerback William Bartee was stellar in stepping up for the ineffective Dexter McCleon ad young defensive end Jared Allen had two more sacks and continues to shine when he's on the field.
Next week the Chiefs season will be defined as they host the Indianapolis Colts in what could be the definitive moment in their season. Last years playoff loss at home still rings loudly and the Colts have owned the Chiefs. But Sunday's performance should give the Chiefs confidence that they can defeat the Colts as the Jacksonville Jaguars did earlier in the day 27-24 at Indianapolis.