KANSAS CITY, MO - OCTOBER 31: Head coach Todd Haley of the Kansas City Chiefs looks on prior to playing the San Diego Chargers at Arrowhead Stadium on October 31, 2011 in Kansas City, Missouri. (Photo by Jamie Squire/Getty Images)
I was walking down to the locker room following the Kansas City Chiefs improbable 23-20 overtime victory over the San Diego Chargers on Monday Night Football and heard some noise coming out of the locker room. First, it was a single cheer from the players and a few seconds later it sounded like Arrowhead itself as the players went crazy cheering in the locker room.
(Note: It took all my strength not to bust through security and join the postgame talk in the locker room. Now that would be cool.)
It was a good night to be a Kansas City Chiefs fan and player (and coach!). The whole thing was just..unbelievable. The Chiefs moved from 0-3 to 4-3 and first place in the AFC West.
So what was Todd Haley's message to the team? What was all the cheering about?
"Just believe in ourselves," Le'Ron McClain said in the locker room. "Chiefs will. Just keep believing, keep working, no matter what people say about us. Just keep working, do our job and get W's."
"One day at a time," Andy Studebaker said. "That's been our motto ever since everyone was telling us you're 0-3 and the season is over. We've been saying, no it's not, we're going to take it one day at a time and claw our way back."
"Just keep believing," Derrick Johnson said.
It takes me back to the Seattle Seahawks game last year. The Chiefs cruised to a victory and NFL Films caught Todd Haley in the locker room after the game saying, "We got something special here that nobody else knows about. That's OK. We'll keep making our own highlights."
It's fitting that the message to the team is don't stop believing just after we saw a truly unbelievable game.