On the Chiefs’ possession, Matt Cassel passed 17 yards to Steve Breaston on third and 13 to the San Diego 30. After another first down, the Chiefs set up for Succop’s winning field goal.The Chiefs won their fourth straight and moved into a three-way tie with San Diego and Oakland for first place in the AFC West.
The Chiefs beat the Chargers 23-20 in overtime at Arrowhead Stadium on Monday night, completing a logic-defying march from NFL laughingstock to first place in the AFC West in Arrowhead’s first shining moment of the season.“Nights like this,” Chiefs general manager Scott Pioli said before the game, “this is why I came here.”
Nine times they ventured inside the Chiefs’ 35. They got four field goals from Nick Novak and didn’t score a touchdown until backup tailback (Ryan Mathews is hurt again after losing yet another fumble) Curtis Brinkley ran it in from the two with 7:11 remaining. Brinkley’s two-point catch from Rivers then tied it.It’s not a joke. There is something seriously wrong here. The Chargers gained 447 yards and had 22 first downs and struggled to score a touchdown. Receivers were open last night. But not when they got near the goal line.
But what won’t be forgotten is that Battle has given his team a reliable option at running back and has helped overcome one of the team’s biggest weaknesses. Now it has the Chiefs at 4-3, tied for first in the AFC West, and with home games upcoming against 0-7 Miami and 2-5 Denver the next two weeks, this surprise team has a chance to be 6-3 and take the division by the throat.“It’s crazy, man. I don’t have words for it,” said Battle, who finished with 70 yards in 19 carries. “We’re a team that has overcome a lot; we’ve overcome a lot of adversity.”
“He’s one of those guys that appears to get stronger as the game goes on. I was walking up the tunnel with him and I asked him, ‘was it too many carries? You can go back to playing a bunch of special teams, getting a couple of carries…’ but he said, ‘Oh no, I love this!’ I was obviously joking with him but he was a warrior and he’s displayed that really as a player here for us in the three years I’ve been here. He’s a player that I’ve been happy and excited to see him seize this opportunity.”
“I think Jonathan came in and did a great job today. He made some big, big catches. The post route obviously, early in the game in the first quarter, was outstanding. It was a great play by him. I think he is a guy that continues to improve week in and week out. This was a big week for him, having a few catches here and there and being able to contribute.”
Patrick Allen is VP of Content for the FanSided Network. He also serves the managing editor of the network's very first site, Arrowhead Addict. Originally from Ohio, Patrick is a Chiefs fan first and a Browns fan second (I know!). He also pulls for the Buckeyes, Indians and Cavs. Guinness is thinking of naming him the most miserable sports fan of all time. @rpatrickallen