The Kansas City Chiefs may have ignored Jamaal Charles for most of the second half, but he was able to show early in the game just how dangerous he can be. In the final minutes of the first quarter, Charles ripped off a 41-yard TD to give the Chiefs their only lead of the game at 7-3 and put him in the Chiefs record books.
It was the second-longest postseason run in Chiefs history and the longest postseason TD run in Chiefs annals. His 82 rushing yards were the seventh-highest single-game playoff total in Chiefs history. Charles also forced and recovered a fumble following an interception.
There is no doubt in my mind that if he had been given the chance to actually carry the ball consistently in the second half that Charles would have taken another one to the house. Unfortunately a combination of the Chiefs offense turning the ball over and the Ravens keeping the ball away limited Kansas City’s most dangerous weapon.
Charles did leave for a short while after taking a tough shot along the sideline — which was unnecessary if he had just stepped out of bounds, but that’s not the point here — and Todd Haley said that his electric back “was hurting pretty good”. I might buy the idea of Charles being too banged up to touch the ball if he and his 199 pound frame weren’t still being used to pick up the Ravens heavy blitz packages late in the game.