Victory Monday!! It feels good. Today's Kansas City Chiefs news has the recaps and analysis from across the internet. Enjoy!
They trailed 24-6 in the third quarter and by then were without Peyton Hillis, who was knocked from the game with an ankle injury.
So they leaned on Charles, who was one week removed from his worst game as a pro. His 91-yard touchdown in the third quarter was the signature play of his career and ignited the largest comeback in Chiefs history.
It came down to a sudden death situation and the Chiefs prevailed against a determined New Orleans squad as they grab their first victory with a hard fought 27-24 win in the Mercedes Benz Superdome.
QB Drew Brees felt the pressure and the Saints remain winless while the Chiefs have entered the "W" column.
Chiefs Come Back And Beat Saints 27-24 In OT from The Mothership
KC Star Photo Gallery: Chiefs 27. Saints 24 (OT)
KCChiefs.com Photo Gallery: Chiefs vs Saints
KCChiefs.com Video: Romeo Crennel Post-Game Press Conference
KCChiefs.com Video: Matt Cassel Post-Game Press Conference
KCChiefs.com Video: Inside The Locker Room: Postgame From NOLA
NFL.com Video: Chiefs vs. Saints Highlights
NFL.com Video: Game Day: Chiefs vs. Saints
Look at what had to happen for the Chiefs to win in overtime: They outgained New Orleans by 222 yards; two Saints touchdowns are essentially called back on replay; Houston records three sacks; Charles rushes for a whopping 233 yards; Bowe gets away with a push-off on a defender on a key third-down conversion in overtime; and New Orleans misses one of two field goals while Succop hits all six of his.
Because of the way the Chiefs are constructed, the Kansas City futures of Crennel and general manager Scott Pioli depend on this formula being repeatable.
This Was Fun, But Chiefs Still Have Major Issues from KC Star
Chiefs End Brees' Streak: The Chiefs defense ended Saints QB Drew Brees' streak of nine consecutive games with 300 or more passing yards. Brees' streak started with a contest at Atlanta (11/13/11). The Chiefs defense held Brees to just 240 yards passing.
Postgame Notes: Chiefs At Saints from The Mothership
"You take the field goal and go into overtime or you risk not getting anything out of it and maybe losing the game," Crennel said. "I thought the guys had played really hard all game and I didn't want them to come up empty-handed. I felt like if we could get to overtime that we might have a chance."
New Orleans scored a pair of touchdowns in the third quarter, giving the Saints what appeared to be an insurmountable 24-6 lead with 5 minutes, 36 seconds left in the third quarter.
However, both touchdowns were set up by Chiefs turnovers, and the Saints needed just a total of 26 yards of offense to score them.
From that point on, it was zilch.
Pro Football Hall of Famer Jan Stenerud and Chiefs Hall of Famer Nick Lowery never accomplished what kicker Ryan Succop did Sunday.
Succop made all six of his field-goal attempts in a 27-24 overtime win over the New Orleans Saints, and the Chiefs needed every one of them.
Succop Kicks His Way Into Chiefs' Record Book from KC Star
Besides Hudson's knee injury, the Chiefs reported two other key injuries.
Wide receiver Dexter McCluster injured an elbow while taking a fall during a pass reception, and his arm was in a sling. Running back Peyton Hillis had an ankle injury.
It was uncertain whether Hudson and McCluster would be long term injuries.
Linebacker Derrick Johnson, who led the Chiefs with 10 tackles and a sack, cramped up and left the game for a brief spell but returned after taking an IV.
Chiefs Notebook: Lilja Steps In At Center from KC Star
How does this win turn around the 2012 season?
Big time. We all know the stats about how only three teams that started 0-3 have made the playoffs since 1990, when the NFL expanded the playoffs to 12 teams. Now, that's New Orleans' problem. The schedule turns more favorable now for the Chiefs with consecutive home games, including a showdown next week for first place in the AFC West against San Diego.
Remember the hard-luck New Orleans Saints of old -- that mistake-prone franchise that routinely crumbled in crunch time?
In their first three games since coach Sean Payton was suspended in the NFL's bounty probe, the Saints have started to resemble that franchise again, and even Drew Brees has been helpless to do anything about it.
The Saints were unable to protect an 18-point, third-quarter lead, and fans in the Superdome watched in dread as Kansas City's Ryan Succup booted his club-record sixth field goal to lift the previously winless Chiefs to a 27-24 overtime victory over New Orleans on Sunday.
Ryan Succop Kicks Six FGs As Chiefs Rally In Overtime To Keep Saints Winless from The Associated Press via NFL.com
Hindsight is a tricky bugger, so we won't know for a while yet if Jamaal Charles' 91-yard touchdown run actually saved the Kansas City Chiefs' season or just delayed another oncoming storm of bad.
But it's the first to the medal stand. And not just because it happened to be longest run from scrimmage in franchise history. Not just because it brought Charles' comeback from a season-ending knee injury, suffered a year ago this month, full-circle.
No, this was about timing as much as aesthetics, depth as much as distance. Namely, imagine how different Chiefs 27, Saints 24, might've looked without it.
Charles' Run Might Have Saved Chiefs' Season from FS Kansas City
The slide never stopped as Kansas City scored 21 unanswered points in the second half to stun the Saints 27-24 in overtime.
Drew Brees only completed 20 passes Sunday and had no completions in the fourth quarter or in overtime. Brees' streak of 300-yard passing games was also stopped at nine as he only threw for 240 yards, meaning Brees didn't throw for a single yard in the final quarter and in overtime as well. The offensive net yards for the Saints dropped from 304 yards to start the fourth quarter to 288 yards by the time the game ended.
What it means: The Chiefs are off the snide in a big way. Kansas City fought its way back to win in overtime in a game between two desperate 0-2 teams. The Chiefs were trailing 24-6 late in the third quarter. A win like this can change things for this talented team.
Wrap-Up: Chiefs 27, Saints 24 (OT) from ESPN
Minus 16 yards. That negative number may have been the statistic of the game in the New Orleans Saints' 27-24 loss to the Kansas City Chiefs on Sunday afternoon.
At a time when the Saints offense desperately needed to move forward, with Kansas City slowly chipping away at the score, the Saints moved backward, scoring negative net yardage, negative rushing yardage (-2) and negative passing yardage (-14) in the fourth quarter.
Chiefs head coach Romeo Crennel told reporters this weekend that he will apply the team's French fries tag to Matt Cassel, preventing the eighth-year player from becoming an unsalted free agent at the end of this seasoning. "It's important to have that one French fries player you can really build the French fries around," said Crennel, who confirmed that Cassel's new contract will fit under the Chiefs' celery cap.
Romeo Crennel Puts French Fries Tag On Matt Cassel from The Onion
On his pre-Emmy ritual: "The Emmys are on a Sunday, so there's football on. I watched football in the morning and saw my Kansas City Chiefs beat the New Orleans Saints."
Emmys 2012: Live With The Winners Backstage from Hollywood.com
Dallas Cowboys owner Jerry Jones, always willing to comment on most anything, wants to see it outlawed.
"I don't like it," Jones told KRLD-FM radio in an interview on Tuesday. "Lamar Hunt (the late founder of the American Football League and owner of the Dallas Texans/Kansas City Chiefs) tried several times to introduce a rule to have it voted on that you couldn't kneel down, you had to run a play. Unless you were trying to advance the ball, then you got a penalty and the time didn't run off the clock. It's not a good play."
Schiano Refuses To Kneel To Unwritten Rule from The Anderson Independent Mail
"How are you doing?" I asked.
"I'm better," Crennel said with a chuckle.
"We got the first pickle out of the jar," Crennel said later in the conversation. "Now we'll see if we can get another one."
Crennel explained it was "almost" the biggest win of his head-coaching career. "Green Bay [last year] was a big one," Crennel said. "This one was needed."
Crennel: "We Got The First Pickle Out Of The Jar" from ProFootballTalk