Former LSU Tiger wide receiver Dwayne Bowe was awfully quiet for the first 54 minutes for the Kansas City Chiefs game against the Philadelphia Eagles failing to record a single reception on two targets.
However, with the Chiefs facing another crucial third down from the Philadelphia 47 and 5:43 on the clock leading by a touchdown, it was Bowe who lined up in the right slot and ran a quick hitch to beat the defense and pick up four yards and the first down.
If you own Bowe in fantasy football you’re awfully disappointed to see a final stat line of one catch for four yards. That’s not even good enough for a point in non-ppr leagues, but his big catch on third down was great for reality football fans. Without the first down reception the Chiefs would have been forced to punt and turn the ball over to Mike Vick, LeSean McCoy and the Chip Kelly offense with a seven-point lead.
With the reception, the Chiefs were able to take 2:19 off the clock when their drive stalled at the 21 and Ryan Succop booted a 38-yard field goal with 3:21 left to play and the Chiefs up by 10.
A quick glance at the box score for those unable to see the game on NFL Network would think Bowe had an awful game, but he made one of the biggest plays of the game for the Chiefs—even if it was for four yards.
Another impact Bowe had in this game was the attention the Eagles secondary showed him which allowed Donnie Avery to see man-to-man coverage all evening and racked up seven receptions for 144 yards on seven targets. His 144 yards which included a 51-yarder was his most in a game since the fifth game of his rookie year when he had 163 with the St. Louis Rams.
Bowe won’t be limited statistically very often this season, but even when he is the former LSU star and former Pro Bowler manages to make a significant impact for the Chiefs as they improved to 3-0 and eclipsed their win total of 2012.