Rapid Reaction: Saints 30, Chiefs 20

Posted by ESPN.com's Bill Williamson

The Kansas City Chiefs did not blow this game. They never had a chance to blow it.

The Chiefs squandered leads in their last three games going into Sunday's matchup against the Saints. Kansas City could have won all three of the games. It entered Sunday's game with confidence.

This week, Chiefs quarterback Tyler Thigpen said the team was playing at a high level, but it had to find a way to win. That was the next step, Thigpen said. Kansas City did not take that step Sunday. But this team continued to be competitive, and that's key for Kansas City, which fell to 1-9.

The Chiefs are playing better than what their record indicates. Even Sunday, there were good signs. Kansas City was playing without four defensive starters, and it stayed in the game against the Saints' high-powered offense. Thigpen continued to play well and show that perhaps he could be the future at quarterback for Kansas City.

The Chiefs still can't find a way to win, but they competed. At this point that says something about this young team.