The first was the last game of the 2009 season, Sunday, January 3rd, 2010: Chiefs win 44 - 24. The Chiefs really took it to them and knocked the Broncos out of the playoffs. Derrick Johnson had two (2) interceptions for touchdowns and Jamaal Charles rushed for 259 yards, a Chief’s record. Signs of things to come.
The biggest thing though, I believe that it gave the team/organization a real spring board for the 2010 season that carried over to the draft, the entire off season, the hiring of Crennel and Weis and the positive attitude that "Chiefs Will."
Then, Week 10, Sunday, November 14th, 2010: Unfortunately, the Chiefs loss to the Broncos 49 - 29. And, the Broncos actually led 35 - 0 in the second quarter.
However, this game is what I believe brought the Chiefs to where they are today. It allowed KC to open up its passing game with Cassel eventually throwing and completing 33 of 53 passes for 469 yards and four (4) touchdowns. It also opened up Bowe’s game as he had 13 receptions for 186 yards and two (2) touchdowns. If I remember correctly, both Cassel and Bowe were Players of the Week in their categories.
And, Cassel built his confidence and then established his total leadership abilities, especially following his surgery and then coming back in just eleven (11) days. This game brought balance to the Chief’s offense. No longer could teams concentrate only on the Chief’s number #1 rushing attack. Now they had to respect the total offense and this has brought us to where we are now. This team has character and leadership on both sides of the ball and are playing with fantastic confidence.
Go Chiefs. The Will to win. And Broncos, now we don't need any more favors. Thanks anyway.