The Chiefs were trailing New Orleans 24-6, well on their way to a third straight humiliating defeat. Then the defense stiffened, Jamaal Charles started to gouge the Saints for big yards and Kansas City suddenly has new life.
The Chiefs (1-2) will try to build on the momentum generated by the 27-24 overtime thriller next Sunday when they face the San Diego Chargers in an AFC West tussle.
If they can make it two straight wins, Kansas City would move into an improbable tie atop the division. Oakland and Denver are also 1-2 through their first three games.
''Games like this can build momentum throughout a season,'' said wide receiver Steve Breaston, who may take on an increased role for Kansas City after an injury to Dexter McCluster on Sunday. ''Being able to win a game like that brings a team together.''
Indeed, the Chiefs had preached for two straight weeks - make it five, if you count three straight losses to finish the preseason - that they were ...