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DENVER – JANUARY 03: Jamaal Charles #25 of the Kansas City Chiefs rushes against the Denver Broncos at Invesco Field at Mile High on January 3, 2010 in Denver, Colorado. (Photo by Doug Pensinger/Getty Images)

44. Jamaal Charles runs all over Denver

In 2009, the Kansas City Chiefs were simply trying to establish themselves as anything other than a bottomfeeder. The team had sustained a 2-14 season the prior year and was now facing a future with both general manager Scott Pioli and head coach Todd Haley leading the way. The season was rough, with Kansas City at 3-12 and heading to Mile High to take on the 8-7 Denver Broncos. Denver needed a win to make the playoffs and avoid the embarrassment of starting the season 6-0 only to miss the postseason.

In Week 17, running back Jamaal Charles would make sure the embarrassment took place. Charles, who had taken over midway through the season for Larry Johnson, authored one of the best games in NFL history for a running back. The youngster out of the University of Texas carried 25 times for 259 rushing yards and a pair of touchdowns, en route to a 44-24 win. Charles decided to sit most of the fourth quarter with the game in hand, perhaps the only thing stopping him from the single-game rushing record.

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