The Chiefs offense has shown a few more signs of life in the second half of their game with the Vikings, but they’ve now seen another key player leave the field with an injury.
Wide receiver Jeremy Maclin appeared to hit his head hard on the turf while trying for a pass from Alex Smith early in the fourth quarter. He stayed down for a period and got up to walk off the field with trainers, but needed to stop and take a knee again before reaching the sideline.
The Chiefs failed to convert a third down after Maclin’s injury and, in what may be their slogan for the 2015 season, settled for a Cairo Santos field goal that provided their first points of the day. After gaining just 51 yards in the first half, the Chiefs have 150 so far after halftime but they were stuffed on a previous fourth down and they’ll need a touchdown or two to have a chance at pulling this one out.
The Vikings added a field goal in the third quarter and lead 13-3 in a game that’s not been a stirring advertisement for offensive football on either side of the field.
UPDATE 3:37 p.m. ET: It’s even closer now. Marcus Peters intercepted Teddy Bridgewater and Albert Wilson took a screen pass 42 yards for a touchdown that leaves the Vikings up three with just under nine minutes to play. Maclin is being evaluated for a concussion.