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Here’s all that’s happening around Chiefs Kingdom today.
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I don’t know what else there is to say that hasn’t already been said. Yesterday, the Chiefs scored 56 points against an Oakland Raiders team in upheaval. That 56 points are the most points scored by any team this year. Let that one sink in for a second. The internet is ablaze this morning and everybody is talking about the five touchdown performance of running back Jamaal Charles. I’ve tried to combine the best articles here for your reading ease and pleasure.
Vahe Gregorian at the Kansas City Star wrote a great piece yesterday about the Chiefs celebrating their rebirth as a franchise under head coach Andy Reid and general manager John Dorsey. In addition to some great player quotes, there’s a couple paragraphs where team owner and CEO, Clark Hunt, discusses what Reid means to this Chiefs team.
He’s every bit the great leader that I thought he would be. The guys responded to him so well early on, and that’s continued. It hasn’t all been easy. We went through a three-game stretch where we didn’t win a game, and it was tough. But the guys knew that Andy had been there…and as a result, we’re sitting here today in the playoffs.”
Indeed, the Chiefs are in the playoffs, largely because of one man on the field. As Sam Mellinger from the Star breaks down in his article, Charles is responsible for 38.4 percent of the Chiefs’ total offense this season. And, he’s scored 18 touchdowns; the rest of the team scored the other 18. Every time JC finds the end zone, he has quite the dance. He explains that here.
I just wipe the haters off me. Especially the people who said I wouldn’t ever come back from my ACL: ‘Oh, he won’t ever be the same.’ I wipe it off for the people who doubted me and doubted my ACL. So I try to wipe my ACL down, too. Just to let them know.”
I always wondered what the “wipe down dance” was all about. Well, now we know. Haters, go away.
Finally, this morning, we turn to ESPN’s Chiefs blogger, Adam Teicher who breaks down Kansas City’s victory yesterday as well. Lost in the celebration of clinching a playoff spot and the monster game Jamaal Charles had, some other good things happened yesterday as well.
Alex Smith threw four of his five TD passes to Charles, going 17 for 20 for 287 yards to make the Chiefs the fourth team ever to make the playoffs a year after losing at least 14 games. Kansas City (11-3) is tied for first place in the AFC West with Denver but needs help to win the division because the Broncos swept the season series.
Along with those numbers, Smith put up a perfect game with a passer rating of 158.3. That doesn’t happen. Even when you have the best running back in the league.
That’s it for today, Addicts. Enjoy this one. The Chiefs are in the playoffs!