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A Big Loss for the Chiefs While Buffalo Has Gaines

By Greg Echlin

Down the stretch, if the Kansas City Chiefs’ second-half fade continues, cornerback E.J. Gaines would have mixed emotions about his hometown team.  His Buffalo Bills had a big say on that.

As part of the Bills defense, Gaines and his teammates choked the Chiefs as they gasped for air in the game’s final two minutes.  A suffocating interception by fellow corner Tre’Davious White sealed it when the Chiefs threatened on their final drive of the game.

EJ Gaines
Photo courtesy of University of Missouri Athletics EJ Gaines played college football at the University of Missouri. Gaines was a sixth round draft pick by the St. Louis Rams in 2014.

It resulted in a 16-10 victory for the Bills who are trying to get back on track with Tyrod Taylor re-inserted as their starting quarterback.  The Chiefs offense, meanwhile, was stifled while the fan base gets restless with back-up quarterback Patrick Mahomes waiting in the wings while Alex Smith struggles.

The Chiefs picked up only one first down in the opening half.

“They have a lot of weapons on offense, so our main thing was coming out and getting a stop on that last series,” said Gaines, a Fort Osage HS graduate before he went on to play for the Missouri Tigers. “That was the only thing that mattered to us.”

Gaines played his first game at Arrowhead Stadium since 2014, his rookie season with the then-St. Louis Rams as a sixth-round draft choice out of Mizzou.  He set career-high with 30 tickets for what he called a once-in-a-lifetime moment with family and friends at the game.

“It was good to come out here and put on a show.”

It almost turned into a nightmare for Gaines when he was whistled for a personal foul penalty that wasn’t blatant.  But it was significant enough for the Chiefs pick up a valuable chunk of real estate on their final drive of the game.

“That was a tough call,” said Gaines. “That’s something we can’t control with the referees.  That’s something they’ll have to look at and decide if it was the right call.  But Tre’Davious (White) bailed us out, so I can sleep well tonight.”

Arrowhead Stadium sunset
Is the sun setting on 2017 playoff hopes for the Chiefs?

The victory vaulted the Bills back into the heat of the AFC race for a post-season berth.

“It’s huge.  It’s something that that we needed this week after the last few weeks we had,” said Gaines.  “Coming in and competing against a good team as an away team is something we definitely needed.”

And perhaps set up a rematch in the post-season if the Chiefs manage to hold on.

The Kansas City Chiefs Fumbled Before Jamaal Charles

By Greg Echlin

Across the parking lot, the Kansas City Royals set the standard when welcoming back old friends.  The Chiefs, however, missed the cue when the moment called for them to recognize their all-time leading rusher, Jamaal Charles. Continue reading The Kansas City Chiefs Fumbled Before Jamaal Charles

Past Pittsburgh Playoff Game Brings Good Memories

It was in January, 1994, when the Chiefs last won a playoff game at Arrowhead Stadium.  Against the Pittsburgh Steelers. It started a three-game playoff journey following the 1993 season that included stops in Houston’s Astrodome where the Chiefs shocked the Oilers, then the AFC championship game in Buffalo where quarterback Joe Montana’s bid to lead the Chiefs to the Super Bowl fell one game short.  What kind of run will this week’s game against Pittsburgh produce?  Click here for full story with audio at KCUR.org


Mike McCarthy Alma Mater Enjoying Better Season Than Packers

By Greg Echlin

On Monday Night Football, Green Bay Packers coach Mike McCarthy directed his team to a badly needed win at Philadelphia.  With a steep hill to climb in the NFC Central, the Packers are staring at the possibility of sitting out the post-season this year. Continue reading Mike McCarthy Alma Mater Enjoying Better Season Than Packers