The season for the Kansas City Chiefs might have hung in the balance last week at the Mercedes Benz Superdome, where they trailed the New Orleans Saints 24-6 with just over five minutes left in the third quarter in a battle of 2-1 teams. However, RB Jamaal Charles might have saved the day, taking a carry 91 yards to the house to start the Chiefs on the comeback trail. They rolled off 21 unanswered points in the most unorthodox of ways to win that game, and now, they are hoping to carry that momentum into this week’s AFC West clash with the San Diego Chargers back at Arrowhead Stadium.
It wasn’t just Charles that got the ball rolling for the Chiefs. WR Dwayne Bowe had seven catches for 79 yards but came up with the big time catch every time KC needed it. K Ryan Succop booted three field goals in the fourth quarter and the winner in overtime. LB Justin Houston had three sacks, one of which went for a safety in the fourth quarter.
Oh, and Charles ended the afternoon with 233 yards and a TD on the ground and another six catches for 55 yards as a receiver. That didn’t hurt either.
It’s almost like a switch was flipped on the whole game at the point of the Charles run. It was really exactly what happened last year when the defense figured out how to make a few consecutive stops on QB Aaron Rodgers and the then undefeated Green Bay Packers. KC won that game and nearly found a way to get into the playoffs. The intervention came a lot earlier this year, and the hope is that the wave of momentum is going to continue.
The oddsmakers are buying into it as well.