Jamaal Just Misses Record

From Arrowhead Stadium

It’s one of the oldest standards in the NFL Record Book. In the 1963 season the great Jim Brown ran the ball 291 times for the Cleveland Browns, finishing with 1,863 yards.

That works out to 6.40206 yards per carry, otherwise 6.4 yards.

On Sunday, Jamaal Charles broke that record.

And then, he didn’t break the record.

It was that kind of day for the Chiefs.

Charles finished the regular season with 1,467 yards on 230 carries. That’s an average of 6.3782608 yards per carry, otherwise 6.38 yards.

But here’s the deal: before his final carry of the day, Charles had the record. He was at 229 carries for 1468 yards. That’s an average of 6.4104803 yards, or 6.41 yards, just slightly better than Brown’s 6.40.

That last carry however, was stopped for a one-yard loss.

“I love making history,” Charles said after the game. “I love going out there and doing the right thing for my team. That’s what I was trying to do. I wish I would’ve gained more yards. But hey, I didn’t.”

Charles also failed to catch Houston’s Arian Foster for the rushing title. Foster had 180 yards on 31 carries versus Jacksonville. Here are their numbers for the season:

  • Arian Foster        327 carries    1,616 yards    4.9 yards.
  • Jamaal Charles   230                   1,467 yards    6.38 yards.

For Charles, he produced 1,467 rushing yards and 468 receiving yards. That’s a full season of 1,935 yards on 275 touches. That’s an average of seven yards every time he had the ball in his hands.

Charles talked about going after the rushing title on Sunday, but did not really get a chance to make it happen.

“I wasn’t even paying attention,” said Charles. “I wasn’t even worrying about it. I was just out there running the ball. It’s not all about me. It’s about my linemen. It’s something that, once they retire, they had a dude who led the division and the NFL. We didn’t do it.”

But oh for that one yard he lost on that final carry.

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