As we’ve been pointing out, the thing to do if you write about the NFL during the next few weeks is to come up with various, arbitrary lists.
There isn’t much else to talk about. Sigh.
Anyway, there is another list out and this time it comes from NFL.com. They are ranking the 20 best games from 2011 and the Chiefs came in at #19 with their victory over the previously undefeated Green Bay Packers.
Down 19-7 in the fourth after a clutch Jackie Battle run, the Packers were in desperation mode. It wouldn’t get much better for a Mike McCarthy offense that at one point had to go Wildcat because Rodgers was 6 of 17 for 59 yards at half. Aaron Rodgers going 6-for-17? That’s like Metallica covering Kelly Clarkson at Farm Aid.
Crennel’s defense mixed coverages, blitzed sparingly but effectively, while disrupting the best timing offense this side of Southern Louisiana. What a game plan. Hell, what a game. A knuckleball of a game that will be remembered any time a team goes undefeated this deep into a season.
I think this game definitely deserves a place on this list. It was an important game for a number of reasons. For one, Romeo Crennel pretty much guaranteed himself the head coaching job after just one game. His strategy to stop the Packers became a blueprint for other defensive coordinators around the league.
This one win could very well have changed the entire course of the Chiefs organization. Had Crennel gone 1-2 as interim head coach instead of 2-1, the Chiefs could have hired a different head coach and then who knows what would have happened.
Do you think any other Chiefs games will end up on this list? I’m putting my money on the Monday Night Miracle on Halloween night. What about you?