Priest Holmes racked up 103 yards and four touchdowns in the first half against what was the NFL's top-ranked defense against the run. "The offensive line is definitely doing something right. They're getting downhill, getting on their blocks and being professionals. The one thing that you can never take away from an offensive line is that if they get their (running) back into the end zone that means they're good", said Holmes after the win.
It's not often that an offensive line gets their name in print, but Willie Roaf, Brian Waters, Casey Wiegmann, Will Shields and Jon Welbourn produced an absolutely dominating performance on Sunday. Tight End's Tony Gonzalez and Jason Dunn also chipped in with key blocks in the game.
In addition to opening up running lanes for Priest Holmes and Derrick Blaylock, the line excelled at pass protection as well. Prior to Sunday, the Atlanta defense led the NFL with 20 sacks. The offensive line did not allow a single sack of Kansas City quarterbacks Trent Green and Todd Collins.
Chiefs Head Coach Dick Vermeil and Offensive Coordinator Al Saunders created a game plan to both punish and confuse the Falcons and it was executed almost to perfection. "We felt that our big people could control the game. We sort of set that tone all week. We were going to put the game in the hands of our big people", said Vermeil.
In all, the offensive line assisted in Holmes' four touchdowns and four more from Running Back Derrick Blaylock. Holmes sprained his ankle early in the second half. Vermeil said Holmes could have played again in the game, but because of the lopsided score it wasn't even necessary.
Priest Holmes became the 6th NFL Running Back to score four touchdowns in one half. The most recent player to accomplish the feat was Seattle RB Shaun Alexander.
Derrick Derrick Blaylock's 90 rushing yards and four touchdowns were both career highs.
Atlanta had given up just four rushing touchdown on the season before the Chiefs