Sport is best when people make mistakes. It makes the game human, and gives rise to the spectacular if it can be exploited by the opposition. It creates opportunities to overcome adversity. Mistakes are the whole reason we watch. Just saw an amazing play? The coach of the guy who just got posterized is probably angry because he made a mistake.
The Kansas City Chiefs and Indianapolis Colts made enough mistakes to qualify for a cabinet position in the George W. Bush administration. If you could get past the body count, it was a pretty fun game to watch. There were touchdowns and everything!
LETS TALK ABOUT THE FUN THINGS THE COLTS DID
Andrew Luck recovering a fumble and then falling into the end zone like a big putz is fun times. If you want a play to illustrate how much simple luck is involved in fumbles in the sport of American Football you can look no farther than this play. The ball bounced off an offensive lineman and right to Luck, who then jumped through a gap to score. That’s possible in this sport. It finds ways to redeem itself sometimes.
I can’t express how glorious the game winning touchdown pass was from Andrew Luck to T.Y. Hilton. It was such a beautiful play. From the arc of the ball to Hilton flying down the field and into the end zone. This is why we watch football. Fun fun fun. Fun for everyone! Someone probably had a missed assignment on the play. If so then I LIVE FOR MISSED ASSIGNMENTS. It’s like I’m in sixth grade again.
HERE IS HOW ANDY REID BLEW IT
Andy Reid missed his opportunity to go for it on fourth down when he should have like four times:
- 4th and 1 at the Indy 1 while tied at seven at the end of the 1st quarter. Indy punted on their next possession.
- 4th and 6 at the Indy 41 while leading by 17 with 4:12 left in the 3rd quarter. Indy scored a touchdown on the next possession.
- 4th and 8 at the Indy 41 while leading by ten with 14:40 left to play. Punted. Indy scored a touchdown on the next possession.
- 4th and 6 at the Indy 25 while leading by three with 5:36 to play. Kicked a field goal. Indy scored the game winning touchdown on the next possession.
The problem is that by the time the fourth quarter rolls around Reid has lost a defensive back and a pass rusher to injury, and the Colts are beginning to exploit that. Yes he’s lost offensive assets too (TWO running backs oh my God) but the Chiefs need as many points as possible to stem the assault the Colts are putting on. At this stage on the game it’s about points. Where aggression might yield you an extra 14 points on those final two 4th down situations, the Chiefs only came away with three.
Reid might say that his offense had already lost too many targets and he had to take what points he could when the opportunity presented itself. Jamaal Charles and Donnie Avery might have been the main targets of their fourth down plays they had on the books. All might be true, but field goals wasn’t stemming the offensive tide that the Colts had opened up on their weakened secondary. The replacements the Chiefs had to hand weren’t up for it on defense. Maybe they weren’t up for it on offense either, but dammit why not go down firing everything you have. No, the Chiefs needed to attack. When you are incapable of mounting the same defense that you once could, your only choice is to leave caution to the wind and attack with what you have.
EVERYBODY IS DEAD
Fifty eight people were concussed during this game. We aren’t talking about it yet, but there was a high body count from that game that puzzles the mind. Football is a rough sport. We know this. But wow that is not the kind of thing you want to see if you are a league official and everyone thinks you are involved in a conspiracy to hide how dangerous your sport is.
The new concussion rules won’t help the look either. It will be safer for the players, but more of them will be sitting out longer. This will illustrate not only how dangerous the game is currently but how dangerous it always was and how bad the league was at protecting their employees. That’s not good for the NFL. So sad for the guys in the offices and suites who make money off of it.