By the time he got to his locker after Sunday’s game, Chiefs kicker Cairo Santos had run, and likely rerun, all the numbers on his last-second field goal attempt.
The longest kick he made in training camp was 65 yards and with the wind as his back at Arrowhead Stadium he has hit 65 and 67. However, this was not one of those times and his 66-yard attempt to win the game with two seconds left fell short. The Chiefs lost 18-17 to the Bears.
“I had nothing to lose,” Santos said. “I knew it was outside my range, but we had to give it a chance, given the circumstances. We tried out best.”
The final drive was further complicated by an incompletion on the previous play. Alex Smith appeared to connect with Jeremy Maclin for 9 yards, which would have set Santos up at the 39, but the call was reviewed and reversed.
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If the call had stood, Santos would have lined up for a 57-yard field goal. It still would have been a long shot, but he said he hit 57- and 58-yard field goals in warmups and set his maximum there. The 66-yard field goal would have been a league record by 2 yards dating back to Matt Prater’s 64-yard make on Dec. 8, 2013.
“He’s made those in practice, so we gave him a chance and it was a long shot either way,” Chiefs coach Andy Reid said. “Would have been nice if we had that one they called back on us there. Would have been an easier shot.”
The miss capped a frustrating day for the special teams, which also saw a 27-yard field goal blocked in the third quarter shortly after Jamaal Charles exited with a knee injury. The kick was blocked by Bears outside linebacker Pernell McPhee and recovered by Anthony Sherman of the Chiefs.
The highlight was Dustin Colquitt’s 55-yard second-quarter punt that was downed at Chicago’s 5-yard line. He also placed a punt at the 9-yard line and finished the day with an average of 49.7 yards per punt. The Bears started all of their drives on their side of their side of the field with five of them starting inside their own 20-yard line.