It wasn’t pretty, but for the fifth time this year, it worked.
The Chiefs stayed perfect with a 26-17 win over the Titans, improving to 5-0.
They did it with defense and special teams, shutting the Titans down in the first half, and hanging on late.
The Chiefs got the game-winning score on a Jamaal Charles 1-yard run in the fourth quarter, but the drive was extended by a questionable penalty.
As Alex Smith was scrambling on a third-and-5 play, Titans linebacker Moise Fouku was flagged for unnecessary roughness for hitting Smith out of bounds. Replays appeared to show that Fouku had left his feet before Smith had crossed the line, which makes it reasonable to wonder what he’d have done differently.
Regardless, the Chiefs are still perfect, and for a team that picked first overall in the draft, the difference is amazing.