DENVER -- In the end, Jamaal Charles was a gentleman.
He was 38 yards from setting a new NFL single-game rushing record and Kansas City got the ball back with 2:43 to go in a game that was well in hand.
Charles, however, didn’t carry the ball again. He happily settled with 259 yards on 25 carries. It is a Kansas City franchise record.
“I didn’t really want to get it because I want it to be in a game when it’s competing time,” Charles said. “People give up at that time and don’t really care. I could have gone back in the game, but I just decided I was satisfied right now and I’ll get it another time.”
The way the second-year player ran Sunday, you have to believe he may get the chance to set the record again. Charles was spectacular as he sliced through Denver.
Charles ended the season with 1,120 yards. He gives Kansas City hope for the future. Charles became the feature back in Kansas City when Larry Johnson was cut in November.
Now, expect the offense to center around him in Kansas City moving forward. For now, Charles is happy the team reached their goal for the final week of the season.
“At the beginning of the week (Kansas City coach Todd Haley) said our goals were to knock Denver out of the playoffs, have Jamaal go over 200, have the defense hold them under 20 points, and the offense score over 30 points,” Charles said.