After playing one of their most complete games of the seasons, the Chiefs undoubtedly will be scratching their heads asking “what if” as they leave the Meadow lands in a game they could have easily won losing to the Jets 28-24 on a Brett Favre touchdown pass with 1:05 left in the game.
The most impressive aspect of the game may have been how the Chiefs rebounded in the game even after they gave up a early touchdown something they have struggled to do this season. Once again in the second quarter after pulling even at 7-7 they had the wind knocked out of their sails after Leon Washington ‘s 60 yard touch down scamper.
This Chiefs team today was determined to stay in the contest after falling behind 14-7 they answered right back on the very next drive led by a calm and collected Tyler Thigpen as he took the Chiefs down the field 76 yards with a 1:48 left executing the two minute offense perfectly culminating in a 11 yard touchdown pass to Mark Bradley with 4 seconds left in the half.
The pass was Thigpen’s second touchdown pass of the half. Thigpen would help the Chiefs get their first lead since the Broncos game taking the Chiefs down for a field goal on the opening drive of the second half with the score at 17-14
The Jets would have to wait until half way thru the third quarter to answer back when Thomas Jones scored on a one yard touchdown plunge to put the score at 21-17.After the Jets touchdown they would have their golden opportunity of the day holding the Chiefs offense to a three and out the Jets drove to the Chiefs 15 yard line only to have Brett Favre throw a interception to Brandon Flowers who took the int 92 yards causing a 10 point swing at the least and giving the Chiefs a 24-21 lead. After gaining the lead the Chiefs would spend the rest of the game trying to run out the clock but without Larry Johnson for a second straight week the Chiefs were unable to run out the clock and had to give the ball back to Brett Favre with 3:01 left. Favre would make them pay hitting Laveranues Coles with a 15 yard touchdown pass .
With a minute left in the contest Thigpen and the Chiefs could not answer back and fell 28-24. The Chiefs should hold their heads high after this contest, being outscore 68-10 the past two weeks this young team did not take no for a answer they picked off a hall of fame quarterback 3 times. They had the lead late in the fourth quarter and at no point in the game did they look intimidated.
To add to the positives for the Chiefs they actually had a young quarterback play decent. Tyler Thigpen committed zero turnovers and threw two touchdowns. The Chiefs showed progress today but will have to continue that progress to make this season a positive step in the rebuilding process.