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"I don't want us to fall apart and just go out there and not give effort, not play hard, those kinds of things," Crennel said. "They've done a nice job all year of staying together, not pointing fingers and continuing to try to play hard and win games. That's what I want them to do in this last game of the year."
If history is a guide, Crennel has a valid concern. The Chiefs went on the road for what turned out to be their final games under Gunther Cunningham in 2000 and Herm Edwards in 2008. Cunningham's team was flat in a loss to the forlorn Falcons and Edwards' team couldn't keep up with Cincinnati.
Sunday's game could test the Chiefs in that regard.
Chiefs' Record-Setting Performance Dampened By Defeat from The Mothership
While there is no "I" in team, Chiefs QB
Brady Quinnwants the team's loss blamed exclusively on him.
"Let me first start off by saying this game, without a doubt, is 100 percent on my shoulders and is my fault. You can't play the way I played today and win a football game," Quinn said after Sunday's game.
"You can't have two turnovers, especially one in the red zone and overall not produce more on offense. I fully take responsibility and blame for this game. Our defense played lights out, our offensive line and the running game was there, everyone did a fantastic job blocking and taking advantage of the looks they gave us. Special teams even gave us great field position, so without a doubt this is on me 100 percent."
Charles gained 226 yards on 22 carries averaging 10.3 yards per carry and one touchdown in the Chiefs' 20-13 loss to the Indianapolis Colts.
Charles' Big Day For Kansas City Chiefs Wasted from The Associated Press via The Springfield News-Leader
Imagine how they would have felt if the Chiefs had actually won.
Even while playing out the string in a season lost long ago, Kansas City managed an offensive output that should go down in franchise history. Charles ran for 226 yards on Sunday, Hillis had 101 and the Chiefs piled up 352 yards on the ground against the Colts' backpedaling defense.
If not for a miserable effort by quarterback Brady Quinn, two turnovers in the red zone and a stuffed attempt at converting fourth down, the Chiefs might have won another game.
Chiefs vs Broncos - Game 16 from The Mothership
The Kansas City Chiefs and the Denver Broncos meet in an AFC West division matchup on Sunday, Dec. 30. Kickoff is slated for 3:25 p.m. CT at Sports Authority Field at Mile High. In the first meeting between the clubs this season, the Broncos defeated the Chiefs 17-9 at Arrowhead Stadium on Nov. 25 behind two QB Peyton Manning touchdown passes.
Kansas City enters it's final contest of the season with a 2-13 record after falling 20-13 to the Indianapolis Colts at Arrowhead Stadium on Dec. 23.
Denver's Eye On... Kansas City from The Denver Post
Streaking:Remember when the Chiefs were consistently good? Not many do. Kansas City appeared to be on the upswing in 2010 with 10 victories and the AFC West title but slipped to seven wins in 2011 and has plummeted to rock bottom this season.
Kansas City: Moving On from ESPN
Biggest area to fix: Passing offense. It was awful Sunday and it has been awful all season. It is the Chiefs' biggest issues to address in the offseason.
Denver Broncos: Moving On from ESPN
Biggest area to fix: Not much -- perhaps Denver should tighten its run defense. It allowed the Browns 5.1 yards per carry. Kansas City is coming to town after getting 342 yards on the ground against the Colts in Week 16. You know the Chiefs will try to stay hot on the ground.
Endless Emotions Over NFL's Longest Game from The New York Times
Ed Podolak loves this time of year. Invariably, he is asked about his momentous game on Dec. 25, 1971, when he amassed 350 total yards, still a postseason record, even though his Kansas City Chiefs lost in double overtime to the Miami Dolphins, 27-24, in the longest contest in N.F.L. history.
"I never get tired of talking about it," he said last week.
For another former Chief, the Hall of Fame kicker Jan Stenerud, the 1971 divisional playoff game is not a cherished memory.
Lamar Hunt's Christmas Story from The Mothership
Christmas is not another day, even to NFL players who often times find themselves playing that day or preparing to play a day or so later. Grow up in Kansas City in the 1950s and 1960s and you'll find any sports fan worth his salt that recalling with some pain the Kansas City Chiefs Christmas Day game of 1971, the final game played at the city's old Municipal Stadium.
Oddly enough, to late Chiefs founder Lamar Hunt, he considered that game to be a memorable one even though it ended in defeat and signaled - although it was later - the beginning of the decline of the franchise until its renaissance almost twenty years later.
Kansas City Chiefs Assistant Adam Zimmer Arrested For DUI from NFL.com
Kansas City Chiefs assistant coach Adam Zimmer was arrested for driving while intoxicated after he crashed his vehicle Sunday night, according to Kansas City police.
Zimmer was arrested after failing sobriety tests and charged with DUI, according to a police report. He was released early Monday morning after posting $500 bond. He was the only occupant in the vehicle at the time of the crash and was not injured.
Saints Come Up Just Short from The Daily Comet
Opening the season with four straight losses was tough to overcome, but what made it tougher was that they had their chances in all of those games. The toughest ones to swallow were a 27-24 overtime loss to the Kansas City Chiefs, who are considered one of the worst team in the NFL this season, and a 28-27 loss to the Green Bay Packers.
Getting a win in any of those games would have given the Saints some hope for the remainder of the season.
Changes Are On The Way from ESPN
The NFL regular season concludes just before the start of a new year, but speculation on head coach job security heats up right before Christmas. And so far, the only good news in 2012 is that no coach lost his job during the regular season. By next Monday, though, another offseason of change will begin. It should start quickly.
"Black Monday" could start with the firings of Andy Reid of the Philadelphia Eagles, Romeo Crennel of the Kansas City Chiefs and Norv Turner of the San Diego Chargers. Cleveland Browns coach Pat Shurmur also could be included in that crazy Monday news cycle.
Jeff Herr: Almost Moving Day? from 610 Sports
Fact is, most of us have no idea about who coaches really are and how they operate. We don't know what a GM's philosophy is or how much they really had to do with any perceived success of their current organization. And just about everybody universally applauded the Chiefs for the hires of Pioli and Haley so we all know that sometimes perception isn't quite reality.
Instead, I'll take a look at what the Chiefs need to focus on in their search instead of whom.
KCChiefs.com Video: From The Podium: Romeo Crennel
KCChiefs.com Video: Chiefs Live!
KCChiefs.com Video: A Look Back: Ed Podolak