Yes, that’s head coach Todd Haley lifting WR Dexter McCluster after his 94-yard punt return touchdown last night in the season opener against San Diego.
“It was an exciting play, one that gave us a lift,” said Haley. “He’s one of the few guys I can lift”
ARROWHEAD CROWD IMPRESSES BERRY
During his college career, Eric Berry played in some loud stadiums. There was his own at Tennessee and then LSU, the Swamp at the University of Florida and a few more.
That made his first night in Arrowhead Stadium a ball.
“That was loud, real loud and it helped us,” said Berry. “You could definitely feel the energy. Even when it was raining, they hung in there.
“I know at one point we were looking up at the big screen and about a dozen guys were on there without their shirts on. That was great.”
JACKSON LIMPING ON LEFT KNEE INJURY
DE Tyson Jackson was in the midst of the best game of his short NFL career Monday night when he went down with an injury to his left knee.
Jackson left the field with some help and did not return. After the game, he had the knee wrapped and was limping through the locker room. He declined a request to talk saying he had to go see the trainer.
Earlier in the game, CB Brandon Flowers left the field with what appeared to be a left leg injury. But he was back on the field fairly quickly after he went into the Chiefs locker room.
MOEAKI KNOWS HE HAD HELP
Rookie TE Tony Moeaki caught his first NFL touchdown pass in a goal-line alignment that included OLB Mike Vrabel in as a tight end.
Over his NFL career, Vrabel has caught a dozen TD passes in regular season and the playoffs, including one last season for the Chiefs.
From the moment Vrabel went into the offensive huddle, the Chargers defense was aware of his presence on the field. “They knew he was out there and they knew where he lined up,” Moeaki said. “They paid attention to him.”
That attention was all the help Moeaki needed to get open.
“I thanked him on the sidelines,” Moeaki said with a smile. “I’ll thank him again tomorrow and the day after that.”
Not counting the kneel-down play at the end of the game, the Chiefs had 12 possessions. They went three plays or less nine times. San Diego was only slightly better; in 13 possessions they went out on three or less plays six times.
THIS GAME WAS PLAYED BETWEEN THE 20-YARD LINES
There were 27 possessions in the game, and only three of those made it inside the opponent’s 20-yard line. That means most of the game was played between the 20-yard lines.
BUSY ON SPECIAL TEAMS
There were six players that were on all four of the major special teams against the Chargers. Only two of those players were rookies: undrafted free agent LB Cory Greenwood and CB Javier Arenas. Also working the punt and punt return teams, along with the kick and kick return units were S Reshard Langford, RB Jackie battle, LB Andy Studebaker and WR Terrance Copper.