Originally posted on Football Nation  |  Last updated 9/23/12

Being a Chiefs fan can be extremely difficult at times, and Sunday’s game against the New Orleans Saints showed exactly why. A game that started to look like a third consecutive blowout loss for the Chiefs quickly turned into an unthinkable and remarkable comeback by the troubled team.

With both the Chiefs and Saints entering the game at 0-2, it was simply a matter of who wanted to win more. New Orleans had home-field advantage and an explosive offense led by Drew Brees, but the Chiefs were looking for redemption after two ugly losses to the Falcons and Bills.

Kansas City’s defense struggled early again, allowing a Saints opening drive touchdown just minutes into the game. Luckily the offense found some motivation, and was able to take the ball into New Orleans territory on their opening drive, but was forced to settle for a field goal.

Matt Cassel continued to look exactly the same as he did the previous two weeks, throwing several passes over the heads of, or behind receivers throughout the entire game. One of those throws may have cost Dexter McCluster his entire season.

The Chiefs were able to hang with the Saints for the first half, trailing 6-10 going into halftime. However New Orleans began to pull away in the third quarter, and had a 24-6 lead halfway through the third quarter. At this point, it looked as though all hope was lost for Kansas City.

Then Jamaal Charles decided to show up. Coming back from a season ending ACL tear last year, Charles looked less than impressive in the first two games. He had a mere six carries last week against Buffalo. Trailing late in the third quarter and backed up on their own 9 yard-line, Charles took the handoff and ran for a 91 yard touchdown.

It was clear that Charles has not quite yet returned to his pre-injury form, and it remains to be seen if he ever will. Regardless, the play put a spark of life into Kansas City, as they would take over for the rest of the game, scoring 18 unanswered points.

The magnificent comeback could not have been done without the work of the defense though. Before the start of the season, this squad was being talked about as if they were a top 10 defense in the NFL.   However Romeo Crennel failed to impress against Buffalo and Atlanta, as the defense gave up a total of 75 points. But adjustments were made, and they were able to hold off the high-powered Saints offense.

We can’t forget Ryan Succop. Dubbed “Mr. Irrelevant” in the 2009 draft, he was anything but that during the game. Kicking 6 field goals—including the game winner in overtime—Succop was the savior for the team. He was able to gain redemption himself, after missing a short field goal in week one against the Falcons, that seemed to suck the life out of the players.

In a battle of two winless teams, the beaten and broken prevailed. The Chiefs desperately needed this win, and it’s exactly the kind of momentum they need going into next week, as they face the San Diego Chargers (2-1) at Arrowhead Stadium.

 



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