Andy Reid saw something Sunday that he hadn’t seen in a while — his team couldn’t find the end zone.
For the first time in 31 games as the Chiefs’ coach, his team failed to score a touchdown in a 20-12 loss to the Steelers on Sunday in Pittsburgh. That’s surprising for a team that entered the game with the NFL’s second-best red-zone offense, with 26 touchdowns in 40 attempts.
“We weren’t efficient and weren’t getting the things accomplished that we needed to,” Reid said. “We are pretty good with the run game and positive on that, but a couple of the run plays we had down there weren’t as positive on yardage as they normally are. Our pass game was off just a hair there.”
The Chiefs opted to pass on 12 snaps inside the red zone — including a fake field goal — and Alex Smith was sacked three times. Jamaal Charles ran the ball three times but gained 0 yards.
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Reid dialed up the fake field goal, which resulted in a first-down pass completion from holder Dustin Colquitt to tight end Travis Kelce. The Chiefs also went for it on fourth and inches at the 12-yard line with 27 seconds left in the first half, but Charles was stuffed for another fruitless drive.
“I’m always going to stay aggressive within reason and I thought that was within reason,” Reid said. “I have so much trust in my guys, my offensive line and rushers that that is how we are going to roll here. I like touchdowns and not field goals and we were in a position where we had enough time and opportunities to take shots in the end zone and try to score touchdowns.”
Sunday’s failure to score touchdowns resulted in the Chiefs’ fourth loss in five games and put their playoff hopes in jeopardy with one game left in the regular season.
The Chiefs are now 8-7 and will need three things to happen if they still want to make the playoffs. Unfortunately for them, only one of those factors is in their hands. First, they need to defeat the Chargers on Sunday, but they also need the Browns to beat the Ravens and the Jaguars to beat the Texans.
“We are still in the hunt,” Reid said. “There is a lot of hard work that goes into a season and you hope that you’re one of the teams at the end that has an opportunity, and even though we need help we are still in a position to take care of business.”
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