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Chiefs vs Jets - Game 13

Posted Dec 6, 2011

KANSAS CITY CHIEFS (5-7)
VS NEW YORK JETS (7-5)
SUNDAY, DECEMBER 11, 2011 - 12:00 PM (CENTRAL)
METLIFE STADIUM - EAST RUTHERFORD, NJ

BROADCAST INFORMATION
CBS
CBS (KCTV5 in Kansas City)
Play-by-play: Ian Eagle - Color Commentator: Dan Fouts

Chiefs FOX Football Radio Network
KCFX-FM (101.1 FM in Kansas City)
Play-by-play: Mitch Holthus Color Commentator: Len Dawson Sideline Reporter: Kendall Gammon

THE MATCH-UP
On Sunday, Kansas City will make its first appearance at the new MetLife Stadium since the facility opened in 2010. The Chiefs will play their second-consecutive road game when the club faces the N.Y. Jets on Dec. 11. Kansas City is coming off of a thrilling 10-3 victory at Chicago (12/4) that saw the Chiefs defense continually make momentum changing plays throughout the contest. The Jets are coming off a 34-19 win at Washington (12/4) to improve their record to 7-5. In that game, the Jets used a 21-point fourth quarter to overcome a 13-10 deficit entering the final 15 minutes.

Dating back to Oct. 2, the Chiefs defense is limiting opponents to 17.7 points per game. That total ranks fifth in the AFC and sixth in the NFL. San Francisco is allowing a league-low 12.1 ppg during that time period. Meanwhile, the Chiefs defense has been particularly efficient on thirddown, only allowing opponents to convert 30.4% of its third down attempts. That is the fourth-best mark in the NFL.

LB Derrick Johnson leads the Chiefs defense with 136 tackles and is on pace for 181 stops, a total that would be the highest single-season mark in team history. Since Nov. 1, Johnson has tallied an astounding 59 tackles, an average of 11.8 tackles per game. LB Tamba Hali has a team-high 8.0 sacks to tie for sixth in the AFC. Over the past two seasons, the Chiefs linebacker has tallied 22.5 sacks. The club has returned two interceptions for touchdowns, including one by CB Brandon Flowers and one by S Kendrick Lewis.

WR Dwayne Bowe leads the club with 59 receptions for 868 yards (14.7 avg.) with four touchdowns. He needs 132 more yards to record his third career 1,000-yard season and his second-consecutive such campaign, becoming only the fourth player in team history to accomplish that feat.

K Ryan Succop has made 16 consecutive fi eld goals, the longest streak in his career. That streak also ties for the fourth-longest in team history. CB Javier Arenas is third in the NFL with a 13.5-yard punt return average.

Kansas City returns home to face Green Bay on Dec. 18 while the Jets travel to Philadelphia next Sunday.

THE SERIES
The all-time series between Kansas City and the N.Y. Jets is tied at 17- 17-1 (.500). The Jets hold a 10-8-1 (.553) advantage in all games played in New York/New Jersey. The clubs have met at the Polo Grounds (3-1), Shea Stadium (2-5) and Giants Stadium (5-2-1). The Jets owns a two-game winning streak vs. Kansas City in New York/New Jersey by a combined seven points. The contest will mark the Chiefs first visit to the Jets new home, MetLife Stadium. Kansas City holds a 9-7 (.563) lead at home.

The two teams have met twice in the postseason with both of those contests being played in New York. Each team has won one of the playoff games between the two clubs. These two original AFL clubs matched up in an AFL Divisional Playoff Game at Shea Stadium (12/20/69). Kansas City used a fourth-quarter goal-line stand by its a defense to post a 13-6 victory. The Chiefs would go on to win Super Bowl IV vs. Minnesota (1/11/70). Kansas City returned to the playoffs for the fi rst time since ’71 with an AFC Wild Card Game at the N.Y. Jets (12/28/86). The Jets scored 28 unanswered points to win 35-15.

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