Tuesday, November 2, 2010
AFC West Week 8 decisive moment
By Bill Williamson
Winning teams make the big plays when needed.
Sunday, it just took the Kansas City Chiefs a little longer than usual to come up with the decisive plays. How long? As long as possible.
After scoring only 10 points in nearly 74 minutes against the winless Buffalo Bills, the Kansas City Chiefs’ offense awakened, perhaps alarmed by the thought of tying the visiting Bills. After Kansas City’s defense made yet another stop, the Chiefs took over at their 31-yard line with 1:13 remaining in overtime of a 10-10 tie.
Matt Cassel, Jamaal Charles and Tony Moeaki took over. Cassel hit Charles for a 16-yard catch and then found Moeaki, a rookie tight end, on back-to-back plays for 18 and 11 yards, respectively. After Charles gained the final eight of his 177 yards on the ground, the Chiefs set up kicker Ryan Succop perfectly for a 35-yard field goal. However, Succop had missed a 39-yarder earlier in overtime because of a wind gust.
No such problem this time. The kick was good and so are the Chiefs, sitting atop the AFC West at 5-2. Why did the Chiefs win? They made enough plays. Just in time.