Chiefs Come Out Fighting, Win In OT 27-24

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The Chiefs generated little excitement in the first two games of the 2012 season. That was not the case Sunday afternoon in the Mercedes Benz Superdome.

A pair of desperate 0-2 teams got together and played their best games of the year. Certainly the Chiefs did. But in the end, somebody has to win and somebody has to lose. In this case the Chiefs.

There’s so much to cover in this one from Jamaal Charles running through the Saints, to injuries, to the replacement officials and a host of replay reviews, to the quarterback dual between Drew Brees and Matt Cassel, to the Chiefs defense finally standing up and stopping somebody.

So much to cover, here’s the story of the afternoon in the Big Easy for the Chiefs:

23 Responses to “Chiefs Come Out Fighting, Win In OT 27-24”

  • September 23, 2012  - Niblick says:

    What a HUGE win. The kool aid is tasting a heck of lot better this week.

  • September 23, 2012  - Petey says:

    No kool aid for me…don’t mean to be the fly in the ointment for all those jumping back on the bandwagon, but this team is going no where. I know we won, but it’s criminal to me that we didn’t go for the win in regulation. That, in itself should speak volumes about what Romeo thinks about our QB position. NO WAY Drew Brees plays for the tie there, especially if he were on the road.

  • September 23, 2012  - el cid says:

    Good game, doubt either will be in the playoffs. Favorite part was Dabolls game plan, not my kind of guy but it was good today.

  • September 23, 2012  - cychief24 says:

    As the last person to official jump off the Cassel bandwagon (I had to when my son did in the first half since I was then alone) let me say great job Chiefs for winning in spite of Bill Kenney…I mean Elvis Grbac…I mean Matt Cassel playing like a ruptured duck.

  • September 23, 2012  - ChuckXX says:

    Go look up Cassels stats for the day. Then come back and tell me we don’t need a new QB next season. Just imagine what we could have done if we were lucky enough to have an elite QB like some of the other NFL teams have.

  • September 23, 2012  - txchief says:

    I’m happy to see a victory, but KC is still 1-2. They’re hardly knocking on the door for a Superbowl (R) victory. Jamaal Charles had a career day that saved the game for KC. That won’t happen every week, and Matt Cassel was very inaccurate most of the time. I’m not letting up on the criticism because of one OT win via a FG. The Chiefs have failed to demonstrate that they can score TDs and win a (or any) game decisively.

  • September 23, 2012  - R W says:

    Applaud the heart of the team! I didn’t think it was there so it’s reassuring to know it is. Cassel was throwing up above the rim passes (NBA style) but a win is a win.

  • September 23, 2012  - Michael D says:

    At this point I’ll take a win, even it was ugly in some eyes. Would anyone prefer a pretty loss? Won’t get to view the game until tomorrow on NFL rewind. Is this the first win in the big easy?

    Go Chiefs!!

  • September 23, 2012  - Craig says:

    Good Point Cychief24. If we had an above average QB our offense might be unstoppable. Dexter’s injury is on the bad throw by Cassel. He hung out all the receivers today. We are lucky all the others made it out of the game alive. Bad throw to Hillis and he had to turn backwards. They had so much confidence that they go for the tie instead of the win in final minute.

  • September 23, 2012  - Donald says:

    It wasn’t pretty but a win’s a win. Finally saw some heart in coming back instead of folding.
    May be costly though with injuries to McCluster, Hudson and Hillis.

  • September 23, 2012  - cychief24 says:

    I’d be happy with a solid QB right now. One that can see more than one receiver. The moment I gave up on Cassel was when he threw the ball over Baldwin’s head in the end zone when Hillis had snuck out and was wide open at the goal line. How does Cassel not see Hillis right in front of him in the same line of sight that Baldwin was?

    Tunnel vision right now. He could see at least one secondary receiver when Weis was here.

  • September 23, 2012  - ED J says:

    Happy to see we won. I said on previous post with everyone picking us to get blown out wouldn’t surprise me if we won. Good to see now we can let air out of the balloon and just play football. And now we can put to rest all the this team doesn’t have heart or mental toughness crap. Its about X’s and O’s couldn’t be more proud of how Romeo made adjustments to his defense (played more press coverage) and how Daboll stop fooling around and featured Bowe, Baldwin, Mcluster, and of course Charles today. Great Win

  • September 23, 2012  - aPauled says:

    We are 1 game behind the Chargers with 13 to go. The luxery of playing in a weak division.

    With the Defense and Running game showing signs in the second half of being what we expected coming into the season…there is hope. We get Cassel back to being a game manager and not screwing things up, Run the ball, play good D, win a few games and see what happens.

  • September 23, 2012  - Petey says:

    What is there hope for?

    It’s an honest question, what is the best we can hope for with this team this year? I’d say winning the division would be the extent of expectations for this team for me.

  • September 23, 2012  - johnfromfairfax says:

    We should enjoy the win. The defense played strong in the second half and Jamal showed his stuff leading us to an unexpected win. The weaknesses we’ve detailed and discussed ad nauseum are still here and the danger of not having adequate experienced backups on the OL that Bob has pointed out are now a major concern. It does speak volumes that we didn’t go for the win at the end of regulation and almost again in OT. I’m still going to savor the victory and enjoy it for the players. Their efforts and refusal to quit earned them this game.

  • September 24, 2012  - Petey says:

    That’s fair John…I’m afraid I’ve become too disenchanted to even enjoy the victory even a little.

    It just really bothered me yesterday in what I was seeing in Cassel (it’s not like I hadn’t noticed it before, but I feel like my eyes have been opened to what others have been saying for a while). I was the same way w/ Elvis Grbac; didn’t buy into all the negative until I realized how much he stunk.

    You’re right, need to enjoy the victory now, but I honestly hope there are not enough of them to let Pioli off the hook w/ Cassel.

  • September 24, 2012  - Johnfromwichita says:

    OK. This Chiefs team may not, probably won’t, doubtfully, no-chance-in-hell, dream on sucker, make the Superbowl. Do you not remember those terrible preseason games and those lifeless first two game? Did they not just dig a hole almost the size of a grave? And yesterday, that inept first half?

    But that damned effort in the second half and overtime.

    Holy crap, they saved the season. Next Sunday the Chargers and a chance to be tied for first.

    Still problems to fix: Charles can’t carry the ball that many times so the running game has to expand somehow.

    The tight ends have to get more involved and the role of the slot receiver has to be increased.

    But, holly crap, I’m back into it and can’t wait for next Sunday. Fans are so damn easy.

  • September 24, 2012  - Michael D says:

    Just got finished watching the game on NFL rewind and all I can say is WOW!! I can remember so many times (not so much with the OT) that games like this go against the Chiefs than for them. What I can’t remember is the last time there was so much adversity against the them just to have them battle back. Dropped passes, false starts, and special teams holding sucks, but they battled back. Being down 24-6 in the third quarter sucks, and the battled back. Injuries big time suck (even if you think they were caused by other people), and yet it did not deflate them. HEART. Not usually a word associated with the Kansas City Chiefs as of late. But I think it can be assimilated here.

    And to all the uninformed blinder wearing Cassel haters out there: NFL rewind is only $40 US. Which is much cheaper then a Cardiologist, a Neurologist, and a host of meds that will keep from stroking out. Either way, please keep funding Bob’s site because there is noting better than

    GO CHIEFS!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  • September 24, 2012  - cychief24 says:

    Weis came in “to fix the QB.” as he said. He did temporarily, 27td 7int in 2010. Since then Zorn has turned him into a one eyed rupture duck.

    Remember, I was his biggest defender here. But him missing Hillis wide open at the goal line in the same line of sight of Baldwin who he over threw in double coverage opened my eyes to his tunnel vision. Fire Zorn and beg Lenny to work with Cassel.

  • September 24, 2012  - Michael D says:

    Lenny what do you think. Come out of the booth and retirement to coach up our man a bit. Let’s keep our fingers crossed.

  • September 24, 2012  - ED J says:

    I’m not going blame Zorn Cassel need be responsible for Matt Cassel. His problem is on him. He has talent around him and we all said this was a no excuse year. So don’t need here any fans start giving him excuses. For poor throws and poor vision. Either you have it or you don’t. Problems with Cassel are things he can fix or maybe they aren’t he will be evaluated the next 13 plus games. Either way I think Romeo isn’t going risk his coaching career with Matt Cassel but barring AFC championship appearance much like Alex Smith did last yr he isn’t going be QB next yr. This team going to be drafting QB in 1st rd

  • September 24, 2012  - ED J says:

    That being said here’s away he can improve his game. Trust your pocket stop being so antsy go through your reads and not lock on to 1 receiver. Next step he needs to take so much zip off his balls. He doesn’t have to throw 100 miles an hr on every pass. Especially when guys are wide open just take some zip off the ball throw with more touch. If Cassel can find it in himself to work on his mechanics as a QB. Then yea he can take advantage of the weapons around him and put up a monster year.

    Daboll earning his paycheck working around Cassel short-comings. WE sit #1 in total yards on offense and #1 in rushing and #16 in passing. Still near bottom in scoring due to Cassel 7 turnover which puts him 2nd behind Vick in the league. So its now or never for Cassel step up or step out after this season.

  • September 24, 2012  - ED J says:

    Typo meant to say he needs to take some zip off his balls

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