KANSAS CITY, Mo. -- The Kansas City Chiefs looked as if they were two entirely different teams in their season opener.The first three quarters, they looked like a team that might not win another game, blowing assignments and getting dominated at the line of scrimmage on both sides of the ball.The final quarter, they looked as if they might not lose.Ultimately, the Chiefs 33-27 overtime win over the San Diego Chargers was a microcosm of last season, when they started off 1-5 before rattling off 11 straight wins into the playoffs.I think every guy knows how bad we played, how poorly we played in the first half, and were not going to get away with it all the time, Chiefs quarterback Alex Smith said.Some things in the second half went our way and we were able to get out of there with a `W, but as great as it is to win theres going to be a lot to learn from, a lot to improve upon.You cant start out that bad, he said, play that bad in the first half all the way around.Oh, but that second half.The biggest comeback in Chiefs history began when Smith hit rookie Tyreek Hill with a touchdown pass to take a bite out of a 24-3 deficit. But it really hit its stride when the Chargers missed a 54-yard field goal early in the fourth quarter, giving Kansas City some desperately needed momentum.Smith proceeded to lead his team to three straight scores, including a nifty 19-yard touchdown pass to Jeremy Maclin and Spencer Wares tying touchdown run with just over a minute to go.In overtime, the Chiefs went 75 yards before Smith -- checking out of the original play -- kept the ball over the right side of the line and slipped through a crease into the end zone.Everybody on offense I think has a good feel for what were capable of when were playing well, said Smith, who has battled the perception for years that he is merely a game manager.Certainly we werent doing it and we werent playing the way were capable of for whatever reason, he said. Luckily, we found it there in the second half and overtime.The danger in such a comeback victory is forgetting about what got the Chiefs into a 24-3 hole -- glossing over the myriad problems that put their season opener in peril.The Chiefs hardly touched Philip Rivers and didnt sack him until late in the fourth quarter. The young defensive backfield was consequently shredded by a speedy wide receiver group, and Marcus Peters was beaten soundly by Keenan Allen before the wide receiver left with a knee injury.The interior of the defensive line, once thought to be a strength, was repeatedly pushed back by the Chargers offensive front.And the fill-ins for injured middle linebacker Josh Mauga looked lost in a Chiefs defense that returns most of its key players from last season.We came out flat in the first half and were not like that typically, Peters said. We needed to establish the line of scrimmage, make tackles and play our own game.Things were just as disjointed on the other side of the ball.The Chiefs retooled offensive line allowed Smith to be sacked three times, and a group of wide receivers expected to be much improved was unable to get open against a suspect San Diego secondary.We knew we would have some learning to do with it being our first full game together. As a team, we came out a little rusty and we cant do that, tight end Travis Kelce said.With it being the season opener, we may have gotten a little caught up in the emotions. Other than that, weve been a good group for three and four years now and its starting to show.Just in time, too.The Chiefs may have plenty to learn from their ugly start Sunday, but they at least can go to school with a 1-0 record. And ultimately, their ability to rally in the fourth quarter showed just how potent they can be once things start clicking.Its one of 16, coach Andy Reid said. 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After 27 points, Im hoping they realized that, and then Im hoping theyll believe us from now on when we tell them someone is good. She was phenomenal.This was Louisvilles first visit to Middle Tennessee since 2008, and the Cardinals had little trouble improving to 5-1 in this series despite letting Petty knock down 10 of her 17 shots.Ciera Johnson opened with a layup for the Cardinals (3-0), and Alex Johnson hit a short jumper to tie it up at 2. That was as close as Middle Tennessee (0-2) from Conference USA would get as Louisville shot 67 percent taking a 22-9 lead after the first quarter.Asia Durr also had 22 points, and Myisha Hines-Allen added 17 for Louisville.Alex Johnson had 13 for the Blue Raiders.We hope we grow up, Middle Tennessee coach Rick Insell said of his young team with Petty the only senior.Petty pulled the Blue Raiders within 26-21 capping a 12-2 run with a 3 with 4:39 left. That woke the Cardinals up, and they answered with 15 straight points and led 41-24 at halftime.The Cardinals pushed their lead to as much as 24 a couple times in the fourth quarter, the first on a 3 by Hines-Allen.BIG PICTURELouisville: The Cardinals continued their run through an easy opening portion of the schedule before playing fourth-ranked Souuth Carolina on Nov.dddddddddddd 27th. This was the Cardinals third straight game against a team from Tennessee but not against the states only ranked team, No. 13 Tennessee.Middle Tennessee: This was the highest-ranked team to visit since No. 4 Tennessee in 2013, helping the Blue Raiders bring in some star power for their home opener. They dropped to 5-1 all-time against Louisville, but its part of Insells toughening up his Blue Raiders during nonconference play for March. Arizona State and Georgia Tech also visit in December.POLL IMPLICATIONSThe Cardinals did little to hurt themselves with an easy victory. This is their second road game and second against an NCAA Tournament team last March. It gives us more confidence to know were doing so well against great teams, so just lets us know where we are so far, Moore said. All teams get better throughout the season. Its good to know were starting off pretty well.HEIGHT ADVANTAGEWalz played five Cardinals who are 6-foot-2 or taller against a team with only Rebecca Reuter taller than 6 foot. The Cardinals outrebounded Middle Tennessee 44-30 and had a huge edge at the free throw line (21 of 27) compared to the Blue Raiders (3 of 6). The Cardinals even affected shots they werent around as the Blue Raiders missed some wide-open shots.We probably missed seven chip shots, Insell said. Well thats 14 points thats uncontested shots that we usually knock down that because of their size we were looking for them and we didnt follow through. We hit those seven chip shots, you look at the game its a little bit different.UP NEXTLouisville hosts Bowling Green on Saturday afternoon.Middle Tennessee visits Tennessee Tech on Saturday. ' ' '