8:25 PM ET, September 19, 2013
Lincoln Financial Field, Philadelphia, PA
Chiefs (3-0) sack Michael Vick six times as Andy Reid wins in return
PHILADELPHIA -- This was one time Andy Reid didn't mind being a big target.
The man in the bull's-eye so often when he coached in Philadelphia was easy for Chiefs receiver Donnie Avery to find. At the end of Kansas City's 26-16 victory over the Eagles in Reid's homecoming Thursday night, Avery gave Reid a Gatorade shower.
Reid already looked strange decked in all red on the visitors' sideline. Now, he was drenched, too -- but smiling, even joking he was doing Gatorade promotions.
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"Yeah, it was different," Reid said. "I was on the opposite side of the field than I normally am at. But I can't tell you that I was caught up in that part of it."
The result was similar to what he gave Philadelphia in his 14 years in charge of the Eagles, thanks to a dynamic Chiefs defense that forced five turnovers and sacked a harried Michael Vick five times. Vick even limped off after a late fumble -- he said his ankle got rolled, but he was fine -- but stayed around to hug Reid following the final play.
"It was great to see the players that are here," Reid admitted. "I had a chance to talk to them after the game."
Kansas City, which has not had a giveaway in opening 3-0, has won one more game already than it did in 2012 -- after which it hired Reid days after he was fired on the heels of Philly's 4-12 finish.
"It's important," he said of the fast start, "but there's still a lot of season left. There no time to relax on what you have done."
The usually stoic Reid showed some fire to match his bright red outfit late in the first half when he thought the Chiefs got a bad spot. He came out to the hash mark to yell at the officials, then walked off at halftime still gesturing his displeasure.
That was far more emotion than he displayed when he entered the stadium with the Chiefs just before kickoff. Although the Philly fans gave him a warm ovation, some standing in tribute to the man who won 140 games and six division titles for them, Reid walked briskly along the sideline, never turning his gaze toward the stands.
But he later said he recognized the tribute.
"I appreciate the fans and the support they gave me," he said. "That was kind of them."
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Chiefs coach Andy Reid was greeted with a standing ovation in his return to Philadelphia on Thursday night.
He certainly had to like much of what he saw on the field from his defense, particularly linebacker Justin Houston.
It was offensive master Reid's defense and special teams that set the tone and put his team ahead early, silencing the sea of green at the Linc. The Chiefs forced four first-half turnovers and Houston had three of their four sacks in the first half. He had another half-sack to start the second half, off a bad snap to Vick, and he forced Vick to fumble with 1:34 remaining. Houston has 6 1/2 sacks in three games.
"The defense, man -- the DBs, the linebackers giving great coverage, the big guys in the middle pushing the pocket," he said. "When they're doing that, it's real easy for me to do my job."
Damaris Johnson's muffed punt return gave Kansas City the ball at the Eagles 8, leading to Ryan Succop's 33-yard field goal for a quick 3-0 lead. Derrick Johnson then deflected Vick's ill-advised throw into the flat and Eric Berry picked it off, going 38 yards with the first interception of the year for the Philly quarterback.
There would be more mistakes as Philadelphia (1-2) lost its eighth straight home game.
"I take full responsibility," Vick said. "I didn't get the offense going. I didn't get the tempo going. We didn't play well by any stretch. We didn't execute at all and we didn't play the way we're capable of."
But after falling behind 10-0, Vick got the Eagles' no-huddle, fast-tempo offense in gear with the longest run of his 12-year career. He burst up the middle, shook off two attempted tackles and sped 61 yards. Two plays later, it was his arm doing the damage. Under a heavy rush, he stood in and led Jason Avant perfectly in the left corner of the end zone for a 22-yard score.
Third-And-Long For Chiefs
The Chiefs are just the sixth team since 1970 to start a season 3-0 after managing just two or fewer wins the previous season. But none of the teams before them made the playoffs. Here's a look:
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That three-play, 87-yard spurt epitomized the fast-paced offense coach Chip Kelly brought from Oregon in replacing Reid. But Kelly got cute, going for a 2-point conversion on tight end Zach Ertz's run that failed.
The takeaways kept the Chiefs in front. And after Avery turned a short pass into a 51-yard gain thanks to sloppy Eagles tackling, Succop made a 31-yard field goal. He kicked a 34-yarder moments later after another turnover, Sean Smith's interception, for a 16-6 halftime edge.
Avery had a big night, finishing with seven catches for 141 yards.
Alex Henery's 29-yard field goal was the only scoring of a sloppy third quarter, and when Jamaal Charles surged around right end for a 3-yard TD early in the fourth quarter, Reid's return was a rousing success. Not even LeSean McCoy's 41-yard TD run with 11:36 remaining could spoil that.
"This was definitely bigger than coach Reid, and he would be the first to admit that," Smith said. "This was about us as an organization, as a team, to go out there and be 3-0, which is big in the NFL."
The Eagles retired Donovan McNabb's No. 5 jersey at halftime. ... The Chiefs are the fifth team to go 3-0 after losing 14 games or more the previous season. ... Kansas City came into the game tied for the league lead in sacks and now has 15. ... Chiefs LG Jeff Allen injured his groin and CB Brandon Flowers aggravated a knee injury,
PHILADELPHIA, PA - SEPTEMBER 19: Alex Smith #11 of the Kansas City Chiefs warms up prior to the game against the...(Photo by Rich Schultz/Getty Images)
Team Stat Comparison
Passing 1st downs
Rushing 1st downs
1st downs from Penalties
3rd down efficiency
4th down efficiency
|Yards per play||5.1||6.8|
Comp - Att
Yards per pass
Sacks - Yards Lost
Yards per rush
|Red Zone (Made-Att)||1-6||0-1|
|Defensive / Special Teams TDs||1||0|
|FG||12:08||Ryan Succop 33 Yd||3||0|
|TD||11:12||Eric Berry 38 Yd Interception Return (Ryan Succop Kick)||10||0|
|TD||05:06||Jason Avant 22 Yd Pass From Michael Vick||10||6|
|FG||08:21||Ryan Succop 31 Yd||13||6|
|FG||02:26||Ryan Succop 34 Yd||16||6|
|FG||06:29||Alex Henery 29 Yd||16||9|
|TD||12:57||Jamaal Charles 3 Yd Run (Ryan Succop Kick)||23||9|
|TD||11:36||LeSean McCoy 41 Yd Run (Alex Henery Kick)||23||16|
|FG||03:21||Ryan Succop 38 Yd||26||16|
Alex Smith completed 21-31 for 258 yards on passes 10 yards or fewer downfield. Smith was 1-4 on passes further than 10 yards downfield. Since 2012, Alex Smith has thrown an interception on 1.5% of his pass attempts. Tom Brady and Aaron Rodgers are the only quarterbacks with a lower percentage during that span.
Chiefs LB Justin Houston recorded 4.5 sacks tonight vs Eagles, becoming just the 2nd player in franchise history to record 4.5+ sacks in a single game (joining Derrick Thomas, who did it twice). The last time Derrick Thomas recorded 4.5+ sacks in a single game: Sept. 6, 1998 vs Raiders (recorded 6.0 sacks). ** Please remember: Sacks for individuals have only been recorded since 1982.
Michael Vick's 61-yard rush in the 1st quarter Thursday was the longest rush of his career. It's the third-longest rush by a quarterback since 2001.[+]
Michael Vick Longest Career Rush
The last time the Eagles recorded 2 TO in the 1st quarter at home was in 2007 (Week 13 vs Seahawks). They lost that game 28-24. Since 2001, the Eagles have never recorded 3 TO in the 1st quarter of a game (at home or on road).
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