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Chiefs bemoan home skid

December 17, 2007

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— It has been a December to forget for the Kansas City Chiefs.

Before this season, the Chiefs had lost just three games at home in December since 1991.

Make that five.

The Tennessee Titans on Sunday handed the Chiefs their second home loss this month. It was the Chiefs' fifth straight home setback, their longest such streak since 1976.

"It's very disappointing for us, our fans, for everybody," second-year K.C. coach Herm Edwards said. "We've been in the ballgames, but it seems like the second half everything changes. Here again, in the fourth quarter we don't score any points."

The Chiefs surrendered a four-point halftime lead in their 26-17 loss to the Tennessee Titans and haven't scored in the fourth quarter since a Nov. 4 home loss to Green Bay.

"We're just not good enough on offense," quarterback Brodie Croyle said, asked about the second half. "They were playing some different coverages and playing a little bit tighter, so we had to go a little bit farther down-field."

The setback dropped Kansas City's 2007 home record to 2-6, the worst record the Chiefs have had in Arrowhead Stadium since 1977, when they went 1-6. They also went 1-6 in 1976 and 1974.

"If we knew what the problem was, we'd fix it," the frustrated Croyle said. "There's not much homefield advantage right now."

Whatever advantage the Chiefs of previous seasons enjoyed was non-existant in 2007, as K.C. lost by two possessions in all but one of its Arrowhead setbacks.

The Chiefs racked up plenty of other unflattering home statistics this season:

¢ They lost to divisional rival Oakland for the first time since 2001.

¢ They were 0-3 against the AFC West.

¢ They went winless in November and December for the second time in Arrowhead history. The other was 1974, the stadium's third year.

Kansas City's last home win was a 27-20 victory against Cincinnati on Oct. 14.

"We've disappointed our fans," tackle Damion McIntosh said. "If we can, we'd apologize for our performance."

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