Losing to the San Diego Chargers on a last second touchdown was bad enough for the Kansas City Chiefs. Add that to the loss of linebackers Tamba Hali and Justin Houston and it’s safe to say it wasn’t a pleasant Sunday for Andy Reid’s team.
Then things got worse Sunday night as the Denver Broncos ran out to a 24-0 halftime lead over the New England Patriots. It was starting to look like Peyton Manning and the Broncos would come to Arrowhead next weekend with a one-game lead already in their back pocket.
But then things took a very drastic turn in Foxboro.
The Patriots scored 31 unanswered points on their way to overtime. Then as it looked like we’d see the two teams finish in a tie (“Better than a win!” I thought), a Patriots punt glanced off a Broncos special teamer and it was pandemonium in New England.
Who says it’s too early for Christmas? Not me any more, because all of a sudden the stomach punch loss to the Chargers didn’t hurt nearly as much. Sure, it didn’t heal Hali’s ankle or Houston’s elbow, but it immediately put the Chiefs and Broncos back in a tie atop the AFC West.
Now the Chiefs once again control their own destiny heading into next Sunday’s huge matchup with the Broncos. A win at Arrowhead will put Kansas City squarely in the driver’s seat over the final four games of the season.
So while we can all go back to hating Tom Brady, Bill Belichick and the rest of the Patriots in a few days. Let’s take this time to enjoy the present they delivered to the Chiefs on a frigid Sunday night in Massachusetts.