New Orleans Saints quarterback Drew Brees has struggled early thus far against the Kansas City Chiefs
New Orleans Saints defer to start the half, Kansas City Chiefs start on their own 25. They begin with a first down but the drive eventually ends on a third and five incompletion to Tyreek Hill.
Saints get the ball on their own 23 and don’t do a lot with it, a few incompletions to Taysom Hill and Tre’Quan Smith after a decent Alvin Kamara run lead to a punt.
Once again the Chiefs stagnate after just one first down, on 3rd & 15 C.J. Gardner-Johnson makes a great play makes a terrific play to punch the ball out from Mecole Hardman and force a punt.
After an ominous incompletion to Alvin Kamara to start the drive, Drew Brees gets picked off by L’Jarius Snead after Lil’Jordan Humphrey slips on a curl route. Chiefs will get the ball on the Saints 36-yard line.
Chiefs have the ball third-and-4 on the Saints 4-yard line. Mahomes rolls out and finds Tyreek Hill wide open in the end zone, Chiefs take the lead after it looked like the Saints might be able to hold after the interception. Chiefs 7, Saints 0
After yet another Saints 3-and-out, Mahomes orchestrates a completely ridiculous drive. After numerous pressures, the Chiefs eventually punch it in with a nifty little pitch play to Travis Kelce. The Chiefs offensive line appears overpowered, but the Saints have trouble closing the pocket on Mahomes. Chiefs 14, Saints 0
Saints and Chiefs trade 3-and-outs, with the Chiefs’ culminating in a big hit from Trey Hendrickson. Saints respond with a huge 3rd and 10 completion from Brees to Emmanuel Sanders to get the ball to the 1 yard line. Taysom Hill gets robbed of a touchdown on an option right before punching it in. Wil Lutz hits the extra point. Chiefs 14, Saints 7
On 3rd and short, former LSU standout Clyde Edwards-Helaire spins forward for a first down before getting another carry for eight yards. The Chiefs appear to be willing to challenge the Saints on the ground after seeing a lot of ups and downs passing early on. On another third and short, Marshon Lattimore makes an incredible play swatting the ball out of Kelce’s hands on a naked bootleg to force fourth down.
Fourth-and-2, Chiefs from the Saints 42: On a bizarre play Chiefs get called for illegal touching after Mahomes completes a pass to… Stephen Wisniewski?
On 4th and 7 the Chiefs will now punt.
Alvin Kamara gives the drive a promising start from the Saints 9. He carries for a first down out to the 20. The drive fizzles after a Cesar Ruiz holding call on a screen while Andrus Peat goes into the medical tent — rough series for the Saints offensive line. Leads to a Morstead punt down to the Chiefs 36.
Trey Hendrickson picks up yet ANOTHER sack on the season, continuing his ridiculous year. The Chiefs immediately burn a timeout in the 2-minute drill. Coming out of the timeout, Hendrickson gets pressure again and forces an incompletion, Chiefs now in 3rd & 12. Marcus Williams lays out a wide open Hardman on a deep throw from Mahomes to force fourth down.
To start the up-tempo offense, Brees hits Kamara for a 21-yard gain to get out from under the Saints own goalposts. After that the Saints don’t get anything going, culminating in an incompletion to Juwan Johnson on 3rd &4. With 20 seconds left in the half, the Saints will punt it away.
With Hardman out of the game, the Chiefs muff the punt! Alex Anzalone very nearly recovers the ball in the end zone, but he muffs it himself out the back of the endzone for a safety. Chiefs 14 Saints 9
Tommylee Lewis takes the free kick for good yardage, but is eventually shoved out to end the half. Saints will receive the ball to start the second half.