The Week 13 meeting of the New York Jets and Kansas City Chiefs probably wasn’t one that many expected to turn into a shootout. But instead it was one of the highest-scoring NFL games of the season with the Jets coming out on top, 38-31.
Alex Smith finished with 366 passing yards and four touchdowns in a losing effort, while Josh McCown had 331 yards and one touchdown.
The wild, absurd game ended with a Chiefs drive fizzling in the red zone and turning the ball over on downs in the final minute. But all 60 minutes of the game were pretty crazy.
Here were the five things that stood out most from the weird Week 13 matchup:
1. Alex Smith was hitting all the big plays
One of the main reasons for the disappearance of the Kansas City offense in the last month and beyond has been the inability of Smith to hit deep shots. That went hand in hand with the vanishing of Kareem Hunt, who wasn’t finding room against stacked boxes.
That wasn’t an issue for Smith against the New York secondary, with 22-yard and 36-yard touchdown passes to Travis Kelce in the first half. Then he topped those with a pair of touchdowns to Tyreek Hill in the second half.
The first went for 79 yards.
The second for 40 yards.
More plays like that and the Chiefs could look like the team that beat the Patriots and Eagles in the first two weeks of the season. That needs to happen soon too, because a chance at the playoffs is quickly slipping through Kansas City’s fingers.
2. The Chiefs had so many dumb penalties at the end
Kansas City got a crucial stop in the red zone, forcing a short field goal and leaving plenty of time for the Chiefs to drive for a game-winning field goal. Only problem is that the Chiefs were hellbent on self-destruction.
The chip shot field goal was nullified by an unnecessary roughness penalty on Bennie Logan, who ran into the long snapper, which is definitely a no-no.
That set up the Jets with a first down. And after about a minute and a half of clock ran off, New York got a go-ahead touchdown with a 1-yard score by Josh McCown.
Things got even sloppier when the Jets went for two and the Chiefs got a defensive holding penalty on an incomplete pass. That set up a successful two-point conversion for the Jets that gave them a 38-31 lead.
3. Marcus Peters left after chucking a flag in the stands
When defensive holding was called on the two-conversion, Peters was pissed. The Chiefs cornerback was mad enough at the officials to launch a flag into the stands, earning a quick personal foul.
Peters apparently assumed that turning a flag into a souvenir for a lucky fan meant his day was through and walked into the locker room, but he wasn’t even ejected and the Chiefs sent someone running down the tunnel to go retrieve the cornerback.
When he came back he wasn’t wearing socks for some reason.
Yeah, I have no clue why. It didn’t matter though, because the Chiefs defense never took the field again.
4. The Chiefs threw a pass to offensive lineman Cameron Erving
Aside from the bananas end to the game, there were plenty of other weird moments too. Like Smith throwing a pass to Cam Erving.
I’m all for trick plays, but lobbing jump balls to offensive linemen who are well covered is probably a trick that can be ditched.
5. Alex Smith had the longest run of his career
On top of his prolific passing performance, Smith also broke free for a 70-yard run down the right sideline.
That’s a career-best run for the 12-year quarterback and his only run of the day. Seventy yards per carry is pretty nice.
The Jets improved to 5-7 with the win and the Chiefs dropped to 6-6, leaving the door open for the Chargers and Raiders in a suddenly razor tight AFC West race.