The Kansas City Chiefs started opening day without four defensive starters against a high-flying offensive attack from the Atlanta Falcons. The Chiefs fell to the Falcons 40-24.
The Falcons got into the end zone first when WR Julio Jones caught a short pass from QB Matt Ryan with 8:56 left in the first quarter. K Matt Bryant’s extra point was good putting Atlanta on the board first 7-0.
The Chiefs pushed their way down the field in just over four minutes. WR
On the ensuing kickoff, Atlanta’s RB Jacquizz Rodgers returned the kick for 77 yards before being pushed out of bounds at the Kansas City 24-yard line. The Chiefs defense put up a fight and the Falcons were forced to kick a 34-yard field goal from Bryant.
On the eighth play of the Chiefs next drive, Bowe caught a pass from Cassel for a 21-yard gain. Once again, Bowe set up his team to score as TE
The Falcons responded quickly with their own touchdown as Jones caught a 14-yard pass from Ryan. Bryant’s extra point was good as the Falcons took back the lead 17-10 with 7:48 left in the second.
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In the third quarter the Falcons made their way to the 5-yard line when Ryan scrambled right and ran in the end zone with 4:54 left in the third quarter. Bryant’s field goal increased the Falcons lead 27-17.
TE Tony Gonzalez was playing as a visitor of Arrowhead for the first time. Gonzalez received an outstanding welcome from Chiefs fans…until he scored late in the third quarter. Cassel was sacked and the ball was fumbled at the Kansas City 6-yard line. The Falcons recovered and responded with a touchdown from Gonzalez extending their lead 34-17 with 3:56 left in the third.
Early in the fourth quarter, Bryant’s 30-yard field goal made the score 37-17. Later, with 10:44 left in the game, the Falcons hit another field goal from Bryant for 41-yards pushing the score to 40-17.
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The Chiefs will have another tough game next week as they travel to Buffalo to take on the Bills.