Chiefs beat Saints: when a win is bigger than just a win

Derick E. Hingle-US PRESSWIRE - Presswire

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Not "we" as in the Kansas City Chiefs. We as in us, the fans. KC Chiefs fans needed that seemingly as much as the team. We were downtrodden, beaten and abused over the first two weeks of the season, two losses by a combined 34 points.

The Chiefs had no chance to beat the New Orleans Saints. None. They were huge underdogs. I was prepared to enter Week 4 0-3 because KC does not go into the Superdome and win. Just doesn't happen.

Luckily for us, though, I predicted the Chiefs would lose. And you all know how I've been doing in my predictions lately.

So it only makes sense then that the Chiefs topped the Saints in overtime, 27-24, in one of the most exciting games in a long time.

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From a fan perspective, this is so much bigger than one game. This changes the outlook of the season. Another loss and we would be standing on the ledge, if you weren't already there before. This victory completely changes the way I look at the season. The Chiefs can beat good teams. The Chiefs are not out of it. There is hope.

And that's what this is really about -- hope. This win gives everyone, including the players on the team, hope that they can turn it around. Starting 0-2 and making the playoffs is something that has been done twice since 2008. Starting 0-3 and making the playoffs hasn't been done in 14 years. That's a big difference.

We needed that. We needed that hope.

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