The Kansas City Chiefs defeated the Dallas Cowboys by a score of 19-9 on Sunday afternoon at Arrowhead Stadium in Kansas City. The Chiefs finally looked like a complete team on Sunday. The offense played well enough to win, the defense stifled Dak Prescott and the Cowboys offense, and Andy Reid and Eric Bieneny reached deep into their bag of tricks to score the team’s first touchdown.
The scoring began when Travis Kelce lined up in the wildcat formation, took the direct snap, and rushed for a four-yard touchdown. The extra point, however, was off the mark, and the Chiefs led 6-0 early in the first quarter. Harrison Butker then redeemed himself on the Chiefs next scoring drive with a 37-yard field goal to put his team up 9-0. All the Cowboys could manage in the first quarter was a Greg Zuerlein 33-yard field goal to make the score 9-3 at the end of the first quarter.
The second quarter scoring opened with a Clyde Edwards-Helaire one yard rushing touchdown to put the Kansas City Chiefs up 16-3. This score remained 16-3 through the entirety of the second quarter and into halftime.
The scoring continued to stall until nine minutes left in the third quarter, when Zuerlein hit another field goal to bring the Cowboys to within 10 at 16-6. Harrison Butker countered his fellow kicker with a field goal of his own at the end of the third quarter to make the score 19-6.
The Cowboys opened the fourth quarter with yet another Zuerlein field to make the score 19-9. In a game with two explosive offenses, the score remained 19-9 through the conclusion of the game.
As mentioned above, the Chiefs really played a complete team game in this one. Although Patrick Mahomes did not have his best outing, the defense, led by Chris Jones and his three and a half sacks, played their best game of the year and kept the Cowboys out of the end zone altogether. Next week, the Chiefs have an opportunity to iron out any mistakes and get much needed rest before they host the Broncos in an AFC West showdown on December 5.