Haley ultimately chose to continue with Palko throughout the remainder of the game. Palko finished his day completing 16-of-32 passes for 195 yards with one touchdown and an interception. He was also sacked five times.
“The guy that gives us the best chance to win will play, because we’re playing to win,” Haley said. “In a game like today where the score gets to where it was, I just don’t think that’s the best position to give someone their first action in the NFL on the road.”
The loss ensures the Chiefs won’t finish with a winning record and it all but eliminates Kansas City’s fluttering postseason hopes.
“This performance was disappointing because we knew for a fact that we had to have this one,” DE Glenn Dorsey said. “This was a pivotal game against an AFC opponent in trying to get our season back and going the right way.”
Mark Sanchez threw two touchdown passes and ran for two more scores as New York cruised to a 37-10 victory Sunday and improved its positioning in the AFC playoff race in a big way. The Jets (8-5) leapfrogged Cincinnati, Tennessee and Oakland, all 7-6 after losses, and took over the last wild-card spot.
“It’s just what we’ve been talking about for the last 12, 13 weeks,” linebacker Calvin Pace said. “It all came to form today, which is what we needed. We kind of hold our own destiny in our hands and it was about getting a good win.”
If, as expected, Todd Haley does not survive in Kansas City, Josh McDaniels could end up with the Chiefs three years after many thought he would land there. Chiefs general manager Scott Pioli could hire his old buddy from their New England days to be his head coach—if he could sell McDaniels to Clark Hunt. Or, Pioli could hire a defensive minded head coach and make McDaniels the coordinator, assuming McDaniels is fired in St. Louis. Aside from the Pioli connection, another reason McDaniels makes sense on the other end of Missouri is he has a strong relationship with Matt Cassel. In fact, the quarterback and his former offensive coordinator still talk frequently.