The final week of the 2022 season had a lot at stake, but our fortunes did not rest in our own hands. For us to reach the playoffs we required the broncos to stumble in their final home game against the Bears, whilst we had to beat the Chiefs on their home turf. Fortunately the Broncos game was played before ours and we were buoyed when the Bears triumphed and left the gate open for us. With our hopes raised we entered our contest with the Chiefs possibly a bit distracted and came out rather flat as the first quarter had us relegated to 2 field goals whilst the Chiefs added 10 points. By this stage the Chiefs were freely moving the ball down field into the redzone and we were only halfway too matching them. The second quarter was a turnaround as our defense got stuck in to starving our opponents of opportunity and restricting the production of Kaepernick through the air. We also managed two major scores for the quarter and the halftime scoreboard of 20-13 had us back on track. The second half was a tail of two quarters as we added another touchdown in the third and shutout the Chiefs, but the fourth was a complete reversal where they scored and we didn't. In the end our 2nd quarter spurt was enough to give us the edge in a 27-20 victory.
Offense - RG3 was a continual threat all game both in the air and on the ground, passing for 2 touchdowns and running one in himself. His QB rating of 101.7 was one of his best for the year coming from 233 yards and a 51% completion rate. He was supported by napoleon Kerr with 113 yards abut he struggled to get constant positive yards and had to fight tooth and nail for his yards all day.
Defense - at the end of the day we kept the Chiefs to 9 total first downs and 2 from 12 third down conversions. We also managed to keep 2 of their 3 redzone trips to field goals only which kept us in the game early on. Two turnovers also added to the pressure with Jon Bostic collecting a pick early in the game whilst Chester Truman picked up a Flint Murphy forced fumble in the third quarter to keep the pressure on.
We did allow Josh Gordon to collect 149 receiving yards, including a 69 yard touchdown, so our pass defense still isn't at its best.
We sneak into the playoffs and square off against the Browns, a team we already faced in week 7 and narrowly lost to. We'll need our defense on song in this one if we hope to have any chance of being more than a number filling a spot in the playoffs.