This Will Be A Hard Loss to Forget

It may take more than a bye week before the Chiefs forget the pain ofth eir 37-31 loss to Philadelphia. You don't blow leads of 17-0 and 24-6 and just brush it off, even with a week off. Not when an opponent, even one as skilled as the defending NFC champion Eagles, scores 31 unanswered points in your back yard.

But that's what Philadelphia did last week at Arrowhead Stadium, and now the Chiefs have a bye week to consider how they went from contender after an impressive 2-0 start to middle-of-the-pack status after two straight losses.

"It shows we can play with a Super Bowl team for a long time, but not long enough to beat them," Chiefs coach Dick Vermeil said. "Maybe some day we will."

Not by turning over the ball four times -- all of which the visitors turned into points (three touchdowns, one field goal). And not by playing the kind of defense Kansas City did in the second half when injured Eagles quarterback Donovan McNabb completed 21 of 30 passes for 240 of his 369 total yards and two of his three touchdowns.

The Chiefs are still trying to find Terrell Owens, who had 99 of his 171 receiving yards when the Eagles were making their comeback run. Owens had time to get open when an ineffective pass rush failed to put even a hobbled McNabb on the ground.

"It's tough for a (defensive back) when you see the pocket collapse and you think you're done, but then he scrambles out and makes a play," Chiefs safety Sammy Knight said.

It's tough, too, for a defense that thought it had turned the corner, which is how Kansas City was thinking after giving up only 24 points in its first two victories. Now the Chiefs go into a bye week with the knowledge that they have given up 67 points in two straight losses, even if they were to two playoff teams from 2004 (Denver and Philadelphia.

REPLAY:
Kansas City led 17-0 after scoring on its first three possessions, with one a 27-yard march after the Eagles fumbled a kickoff return. Even after the Eagles scored on an interception return, the Chiefs quickly restored the margin to 24-6 when Dante Hall returned the kickoff 94 yards for a touchdown.

But Larry Johnson's fumble at midfield helped the Eagles close to 24-13 by halftime, and the Chiefs were no factor after that. Donovan McNabb threw at will as Philadelphia scored on six of its last seven drives, and Eagles pulled out a 37-31 win.

"You can see why they went to the Super Bowl," Chiefs defensive tackle Lional Dalton said. "We started fast on them, but those guys hung around and hung around and found a way to win. It really shows the character of their team in how they didn't give up when they were down. That's what champions do."

PLAYER NOTES:
KR Dante Hall's touchdown on a 94-yard kickoff return against Philadelphia was the sixth of his career, which ties him with four others for the NFL career record for kickoff returns. Hall also had a 15-yard, late-game TD reception, but his kickoff fumble at the Chiefs 25 set up a short Eagles TD drive.

WR Eddie Kennison had his second straight 100-yard game with seven catches for 109 yard and a touchdown in the loss to the Eagles. The TD catch was his first of the year.

RB Priest Holmes had a nice start Sunday, running for 70 first-half yards on 13 carries against the Eagles. But he had only five carries for 14 yards in the second half when the Chiefs offense couldn't stay on the field, a major factor in the Eagles' run of 31 consecutive points beginning late in the second quarter.

QB Trent Green, though throwing for 221 yards and two touchdowns in a 37-31 losing effort to the Eagles, struggled in a mid- to late-game slump when he completed only four of 11 passes with two interceptions. Kansas City had seven scoreless possessions during that time before a late-game TD march made it a 37-31 game with 1:58 remaining. Green's first interception was returned for a 40-yard touchdown to close the Chiefs' lead to 17-6.

Roster Updates:
CB Eric Warfield is expected to be activated next Monday. Warfield served the last of his four game suspension this past weekend. It's not known who the Chiefs will cut but back-up cornerback DeWayne Washington appears to be the likley candidate.

T John Welbourn must also be activated by next Monday. It's expected the Chiefs could put defensive tackle Ryan Sims on the disabled list to make room for Welbourn.

Injury Updates:
T Willie Roaf is expected back in the starting lineup when the Chiefs return from their bye week on October 16th.

DE Jared Allen was limping badly in the locker room after Sunday's game. The Chiefs have not released any news on his injury.

Warpaint Illustrated.com contributed to this report.

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