- Adam Teicher, ESPN Staff Writer
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Were they faking it? Eagles fans weren’t happy when Chiefs cornerbacks Sean Smith and Brandon Flowers didn’t get up after different plays in the second half. Fans thought the injuries were a tactic to slow down the fast-paced Philadelphia offense. Both players got a laugh from the notion they weren’t truly injured. Smith pointed to a bandage on his arm covering the spot where he said he received an IV for the leg cramps that sidelined him temporarily. Flowers was on the injury report during the practice week with a sore knee and didn’t return after he left the game. "My knee just couldn’t hold up any more," Flowers said. "I didn’t think I was going to play today. I wasn’t going to fake it at the end of a tight game to go to the locker room and leave my team out there."
Killing the clock: The Chiefs, for the second straight week, were able to protect their lead with a long, clock-eating drive. They had a 15-play, 75-yard drive in the fourth quarter that consumed more than eight minutes and ended with a field goal that turned out to be the final points of the game. The Chiefs had the ball for more than 12 minutes in the fourth quarter.
Leaving points on the field: The Chiefs entered the game having scored a touchdown on each of their five trips inside the opponent's 20-yard line, but that streak came crashing down in Philadelphia, where they scored only one touchdown in six trips inside the Philadelphia 20. By settling for four field goals, the Chiefs turned a game that could have been a blowout into a tight affair. "If we were any better, with the way our defense was playing, the game wouldn’t have been as close as it was," quarterback Alex Smith said. "It’s something we need to get better at. We had a lot of opportunities down there early. You’ve got to capitalize, at least a couple of times."
Fast start: The Chiefs, notorious for their slow starts in many recent seasons, are 3-0. By beating the Giants at Arrowhead Stadium in their next game on Sept. 29, they would move to 4-0 for the first time since 2003. Their schedule over the next several weeks should offer them a chance for sustained success. After they play against the Giants, the Chiefs will face Tennessee, Oakland, Houston, Cleveland and Buffalo before their schedule takes a more difficult path. Among their final seven games, the Chiefs will play against the Broncos and Chargers twice, as well as against the Colts and Redskins.