OT Victory Gives Chiefs A First Place Share

From Arrowhead Stadium

In what had already been in many ways an improbable season took another step Monday night into the history books.

For the first time in NFL history, a team that started the season 0-3, was in first place in its division four games later. The Chiefs put their name in the books with a 23-20 overtime victory against the San Diego Chargers.

It was Ryan Succop’s 30-yard field goal with 5 minutes, 16 seconds to play that gave the Chiefs their fourth straight victory. Now 4-3 on the season, Todd Haley’s team is tied with the Chargers and Oakland Raiders for first place in the division. They also have an edge because of the own victories over both teams in this still young 2011 season.

It was not well-played game, as there were eight turnovers, 21 penalties, seven negative runs and six sacks.

But in the end, the Chiefs made fewer mistakes and that got them the victory.

“You never know what can happen,” said QB Matt Cassel. “I’m excited we got another win under our belt.”

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5 Responses to “OT Victory Gives Chiefs A First Place Share”

  • November 1, 2011  - johnfromfairfax says:

    Wow! Welcome back to Arrowhead. Sometimes you win by overcoming yourselves. What a game!

  • November 1, 2011  - Tenand6 says:

    Lady Luck owed us.

  • November 1, 2011  - Michael says:

    Here, Here!!!

  • November 2, 2011  - Anonymous says:

    Who the Chiefs won against doesn’t really matter in the final standings: the prime tiebreaker is strengthof schedule – and here the Chiefs (currently)rank third in the division.

    As all teams in AFC W play 14 identical opponents (AFC W, AFC E and NFC N) in the end the decision will be determined by how the teams of AFC S and N finish the season. Current combined standings:

    DEN: TEN, CIN – 9-5
    KC: IND, PIT – 6-10
    SD: JAX, BAL – 7-8
    OAK: HOU, CLE – 8-7

    So the Chiefs should hope IND can turn this season around – otherwise they’ll have the tiebreaker against them and need to be up at least a game at season’s end.

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