Tuesday, November 13, 2012

The Kansas City Chiefs should be forgiven for dancing

Posted By on Tue, Nov 13, 2012 at 8:32 AM

It was a dance number. No doubt about it.
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  • It was a dance number. No doubt about it.
Early in the third quarter, Justin Houston scooped up an apparent fumble by the Pittsburgh Steelers backup quarterback Byron Leftwich and rumbled in for a score that put the Kansas City Chiefs ahead 16-10. Houston broke the plane and then broke one off. And like Lee Ann Womack, nobody on the defense was sitting this one out. They were dancing.

The Internet is killing the Chiefs for shaking it like a Polaroid picture. That fumble was overturned on review, labeled an incomplete pass, and the points were taken off the board. The Chiefs were then flagged for excessive celebration, giving the Steelers a gift first down. It's being called a Raiders-esque penalty.

I'd like to submit my defense of the defense. Houston is having a breakout season (seven sacks, an interception and forced fumble) on a forgettable team. The stats for the game back it up, too. The Chiefs allowed 16 points, 249 yards of total offense and only 3.3 yards per rushing attempt. They forced a fumble deep in Steeler territory and nearly forced another. They knocked Ben Roethlisberger out of the game, which I didn't think was possible.

There are a lot of things that you can find fault with in last night's loss: Matt Cassel's pick in overtime, Dwayne Bowe taunting the secondary on a touchdown catch called back on a penalty, Ryan Succop's kickoff out of bounds. Have at it. But I don't think the defense's spontaneous celebration is one of them. That celebration was as much about a release of frustration as joy. For a moment, it was the season that was supposed to be happening. And then just as quickly, it was the season that is happening again.

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