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#ThisIsOurYear | Helmets & High Heels | Chiefs

kcchiefsThe people of St. Louis can take comfort in the little bit of karma that was served Monday night when the Los Angeles Rams were shutout by the San Francisco 49ers, a team whose starting QB, Blaine Gabbert, was born in Ballwin and played for the University of Missouri-Columbia.  The greatest benefit of the Rams moving to Los Angeles, other than ridding the area of the insufferable Stan Kroenke, is that the St. Louis television market is now available to other NFL teams and thankfully there’s still plenty of room on the bandwagon of Missouri’s #1 NFL franchise.

The Kansas City Chiefs opened their season at home against the San Diego Chargers on Sunday in front of 73,000 of the loudest fans in football. With the shocking subpar performance of the defensive line in the first half, the one and only point that wasn’t surprising, though disappointing, was the execution of starting QB Alex Smith.

Smith began his tenure with Kansas City in 2013, after losing his starting position in San Francisco to the recently infamous Colin Kaepernick; Smith was the number one draft pick in 2005 and spent seven years with San Francisco. Although he put up decent stats with the 49ers, throwing a total of 81 TDs, with an average completion rate of 58.5%, many loyal Chiefs fans, myself included, view Alex Smith as nothing more than a lackluster game manager and we had no problem voicing our disappointment with his first half stats on Sunday, when Smith was sacked twice and completed 9 of 15 passes, for a total of just 94 yards, no touchdowns, resulting in a halftime score of 21 to 3.

Any frustrated Chiefs fan can attest that late-game deficits almost always mean defeat for Kansas City, but in very un-Chiefslike fashion Sunday, the team performed a spectacular feat when they achieved the largest second half comeback in franchise history, thanks largely to the contributions of the often hated Alex Smith, who completed 21 of 28 passes for a total of 227 yards and 2 touchdowns to lead the team to overtime. Smith then ran the ball into the end zone, scoring the game winning touchdown to overtake the Chargers in a dramatic victory of 33 to 27.

While I won’t be adding his jersey to my extensive collection anytime soon, I am a “hopeful pessimist” that this was the career-defining game that Smith needed to propel himself from a mediocre game manager to a dynamic game changer.

With the absence of the Rams in St. Louis and after 11 straight regular season wins, there’s no better time to become a Chiefs fan. #ThisIsOurYear

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