After a superb game in the win over Oakland, Tracy Porter was victimized by taking a poor inside angle, losing contain and allowing wide receiver De’Anthony Thomas to take a short pass 19 yards into the end zone in the first half.
But with the game on the line late in the fourth quarter, Porter jumped inside receiver Jeremy Maclin, the center of the Kansas City offense with 12 targets and eight receptions, and broke up a quick third-down slant attempt when the Chiefs were endeavoring to stay high-percentage and control the ball with the Bears needing a stop and another score by the offense.
“That took the air out of them,” said defensive end Jarvis Jenkins, part of the front that created the pivotal third-down situation.
The Chiefs agreed. “Yeah, we got one-on-one over there [Maclin against Porter] and didn’t connect,” said quarterback Alex Smith. “You know, got to get it done. It’s a big play in the game, changes the game.”
Adrian Amos delivered a crucial third-down pass breakup in the second quarter against Maclin to end a drive.
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Notable overall, however, was the consistency in the secondary, which had moments of unattended receivers but recovered particularly in the second half to keep the Chiefs out of the end zone.
The secondary was beaten by Smith in the first half for 13-of-20 passing for 137 yards and the touchdown to Thomas. But Smith was held to just 3 of 10 for 44 yards in the second half and never got the Chiefs in the end zone while going three-and-out on all four fourth-quarter possessions.
Moon's Grade: A-