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Andy Reid explains decision to kick field goal on close fourth down against Vikings

Kansas City Chiefs head coach Andy Reid checks the scoreboard in NFL preseason action against the Minnesota Vikings on August 23, 2014 at Arrowhead Stadium in Kansas City, Mo.
Kansas City Chiefs head coach Andy Reid checks the scoreboard in NFL preseason action against the Minnesota Vikings on August 23, 2014 at Arrowhead Stadium in Kansas City, Mo. The Kansas City Star

The Chiefs were trailing 7-2 late in the second quarter of Saturday’s preseason loss to Minnesota at Arrowhead Stadium and facing fourth and goal at the Minnesota 3 when coach Andy Reid sent in rookie Cairo Santos for a 21-yard field-goal attempt.

Why not go for a touchdown and take the lead as opposed to kicking what amounted to an extra point and a 7-5 deficit in an eventual 30-12 loss?

“There’s a lot of things to it,” Reid said, “but the way we were moving the football at that time, I thought it was the right thing to do. Plus, I’m trying to get a look at the kicker and give him an opportunity to get another kick under his belt.”

Surely, Reid believed Santos, the Lou Groza Award winner at Tulane in 2012, could make a 21-yard field goal.

“Well,” Reid said, “We hope he can.”

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