Quarterback Chase Daniel and running back Knile Davis were the offensive stars for the Kansas City Chief’s on Sunday. In a game that head coach Andy Reid sat all of his starters, the back up players played like stars and surprised a San Diego team looking for an easy win.
Reid said this resting formula has worked well in Philadelphia, and didn't hesitate to do it this time when the Chief's had nothing to gain. Jamaal Charles, Alex Smith, Derrick Johnson, and Eric Berry and more took a seat.
With eight seconds to go, Chiefs' kicker Ryan Succop missed a 41-yard field goal that should have given the team their 12th win of the season. Twenty-four hours later, the NFL reports that officials made an error, and should have called a penalty for illegal formation against San Diego. The penalty would have put Succop 5 yards closer, and given him another attempt.
Regardless, the Chargers defeated the Chiefs' back up players 27-24 in overtime Sunday. The poorly officiated week 17 win, put the Bolts in the playoffs. It kept the Pittsburgh Steelers at home.
The Chiefs second stringers played smart, hungry, and determined; it was impressive to witness. One only hopes this passion spreads to the starters.
The Chiefs won 9 straight games to start the season, however finished the year 2 – 5.
For wild card weekend the team will travel to Indianapolis to play a Colts team that just beat them at Arrowhead two weeks prior in a game that was easily the Chiefs worst of the year.
While Andrew Luck and the Colts are slightly favored to win the playoff game, the Chiefs do have some optimism.
The team is finally healthy, and should have everyone in participation for the game. The Chiefs have also played better on the road than at home this year, going 6-2. Counting the San Diego second string game that total could of easily been 7-1.
Kansas City will also be facing the Colts in the playoffs for the 4th time in the last 3 decades. The Chiefs are due to beat this organization, having lost in 1995, and 2003 at Arrowhead, and 2006 in Indianapolis. Andy Reid is a playoff winning coach; he knows how to prepare for these games.
The Chiefs turned the ball over 4 times against the Colts in mid December, their worst margin of the year. They will need to get a few of their own on Saturday to have a chance to upset Indianapolis.
Expect a close game with Kansas City solidifying the playoff victory in the fourth quarter.