Kansas City Chiefs supporters expressed their frustration as star defensive tackle Chris Jones faced harsh criticism for a late hit that played a pivotal role in the Miami Dolphins’ comeback in the NFL Germany showdown.
In a hard-fought NFL Germany battle on Sunday, the Kansas City Chiefs managed to secure a 21-14 victory over the Miami Dolphins, emerging victorious in Frankfurt.
Their triumph solidified their position as the defending Super Bowl Champions, with a record of 7-2, still perched atop the conference standings, regardless of the outcomes of other Week 9 NFL games.
The Chiefs set the tone by leading 21-0 at halftime, driven by two impressive touchdown drives and a dominant defensive performance that featured a spectacular fumble recovery and a lateral touchdown in the second quarter.
Although the Chiefs’ offense stuttered in the second half, their defense remained sturdy enough to maintain a substantial lead that would have secured a comfortable win.
However, the momentum shifted when star defensive lineman Chris Jones committed a thoughtless late hit, enabling Miami to mount a comeback instead of being limited to a field goal attempt.
On the very next play, Raheem Mostert found the end zone, narrowing the Chiefs’ lead to just seven points in the late stages of the third quarter.
With their standing atop the AFC suddenly in jeopardy, Kansas City fans and analysts took to Twitter to vent their frustration towards Jones.
In the matchup against Miami, Chris Jones had a relatively quiet performance, concluding the game with only one tackle and no quarterback hits.
While these modest statistics do not fully reflect the impact of the All-Pro player, as he frequently drew double-teams from the Dolphins’ offensive line, it is evident that Jones did not meet his own expectations in the game, even without considering his game-changing unnecessary roughness penalty.
Fortunately for Chris Jones, he will have ample time to regroup during the team’s upcoming bye week. The Chiefs will then face the highly anticipated Super Bowl rematch against the Philadelphia Eagles on November 20th.