From Arrowhead Stadium
Three weeks before they had made Dustin and Britton Colquitt made NFL history by becoming the first brothers to punt in the same game.
So Sunday it was time for the Kansas City showing of this record setting Family of Fourth Down. But it was very much a second act that got lost in an avalanche of other story lines.
The brothers Colquitt pretty much matched either other punt-for-punt in the Chiefs 10-6 victory. They both kicked seven times:
For the Chiefs, Dustin averaged 41.9 yards a punt, with four kicks inside the 20-yard line. His net average was 36.6 yards and his longest punt was 59 yards.
For the Broncos, Britton averaged 41.1 yards a punt, with two kicks inside the 20-yard line. His net average was 39.1 yards and his longest punt was 48 yards.
The key punt was the last one for Dustin Colquitt, as he nailed a 59-yarder that wiped out any chance the Broncos had of getting back into the game with just a few seconds left.
“We wanted to use as much of the clock as possible there,” Dustin said. “And then I wanted to get off the best punt that I could and we got that done.”
Denver returner Eddie Royal had all kind of trouble with Dustin’s kick and eventually never was able to catch the ball and it was downed at the Broncos eight-yard line.
“Eddie Royal told me it was just impossible to figure out the ball and it’s flight,” said Colquitt. “It came at a good time.”
THE REST OF THE SPECIAL TEAMS REPORT
Overall it was pretty quiet in the kicking game with both teams. Here’s how the rest of the action broke down after the punting for the Chiefs:
KICKOFFS ‚Äď Ryan Succop kicked off three times, sending the ball to the Broncos four-yard line twice and then the Denver 29-yard line on a squib kick to close out the first half.
FIELD GOALS ‚Äď Succop hit his 47-yard field goal twice. He made it the first time, but the kick came just after Denver coach Josh McDaniels had called a timeout in an attempt to ice him. Succop came right back and made the kick again. It’s his longest field goal of the season.
RETURN GAME ‚Äď With Dexter McCluster back, he got involved in handling some of the traffic in the return game. He had two punt returns for six yards and three kickoff returns for 60 yards. Javier Arenas returned two punts for eight yards and also had two punts where he made a fair catch.
COVERAGE WORK ‚Äď Working the punt returns was Eddie Royal and he averaged 12.3 yards on three returns with three fair catches. On kickoff returns, Eric Decker had a 26-yard return and averaged 21 yards on two returns.
The Chiefs announced a crowd of 67,267 for paid attendance. There were not that many butts in the seats however, as again there were scattered empty areas throughout all three levels of the building.
Overall, the crowd noise was not at the level that it’s been for other games this season. The Broncos offense had no problem getting snaps off and they were not called for a false start in the game.
This was the second game of the season that referee Carl Cheffers and his crew worked a Chiefs game. They also had the Chiefs-Browns game in Cleveland at week No. 2. That makes the Chiefs 2-0 with this crew, so they would probably welcome them back.
Before this game, the Cheffers crew was averaging 14 penalties and 108 yards walked off per game. They were just a tad under those numbers for this game, walking off 12 flags for 95 yards.
Eight of those penalties came against the Chiefs, including seven against the offense. Here’s how it broke down:
- Punt return¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†Donald Washington¬†¬†¬†¬†holding¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†minus-10.
- Offense¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†Barry Richardson¬†¬†¬†¬†false start¬†¬†¬†¬†minus-5.
- Offense¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†Dwayne Bowe¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†illegal shift¬†¬†¬†¬†minus-5.
- Offense¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†Tony Moeaki¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†illegal form.¬†¬†¬†¬†minus-5.
- Offense¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†Richardson¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†false start¬†¬†¬†¬†minus-5.
- Offense¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†Terrance Copper¬†¬†¬†¬†holding¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†minus-10.
- Offense¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†Matt Cassel¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†Int. grounding¬†¬†¬†¬†minus-10.
- Offense¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†Bowe¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†pass int.¬†¬†¬†¬†minus-10.
The Chiefs lost 81 yards and a touchdown on those penalties. Copper’s holding call wiped out a 57-yard run by McCluster.
The inactive players for the Chiefs on Sunday included one surprise ‚Äď veteran WR Chris Chambers. He was a healthy scratch largely because Dexter McCluster returned to the field. Since Chambers does not play on special teams, carrying him was going to be a luxury. This situation may not change over the last four games if McCluster, Verran Tucker and Terrance Copper remain healthy enough to play.
Other inactive players for the Chiefs were FS Kendrick Lewis (ankle), CB Jackie Bates (knee), CB Mike Richardson, FB Tim Castille, LB Charlie Anderson, C Rudy Niswanger and DT Anthony Toribio.
With Lewis out, Jon McGraw was back in the starting lineup at free safety. On offense, the Chiefs opened with two tight ends in Moeaki and Jake O’Connell. McCluster was also on the field for the first offensive play.
Everybody played save backup QB Brodie Croyle.
The inactive players for the Broncos were S Brian Dawkins, CB Andre Goodman, RB Laurence Maroney, S Darcel McBath, OL Stanley Daniels, OL Eric Olsen, WR Demaryius Thomas and QB Brady Quinn was Denver’s inactive third quarterback.
OTHER NOTES OF NOTE
The Chiefs had an advantage in time of possession at 14 minutes 28 seconds. They ran 72 plays, while Denver ran 55 ‚Ä¶ S Eric Berry led the Chiefs in tackles with seven. DE Glenn Dorsey had six stops ‚Ä¶ Denver LB D.J. Williams led the Broncos with nine total tackles ‚Ä¶ OLB Tamba Hali had two sacks and so did the blitzing CB Javier Arenas ‚Ä¶ the Chiefs have now beaten the Broncos 55 times in the regular season, more than any other opponent. They are also 18-2 in home games against Denver in the month of December, with 13 of those victories coming at Arrowhead.