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Sunday, September 23, 2012
Wrap-up: Chiefs 27, Saints 24 (OT)

By Bill Williamson


A look at the huge Kansas City Chiefs' 27-24 win over the New Orleans Saints:

What it means: The Chiefs are off the snide in a big way. Kansas City fought its way back to win in overtime in a game between two desperate 0-2 teams. The Chiefs were trailing 24-6 late in the third quarter. A win like this can change things for this talented team.

Second chance: On third and 12 in overtime, Kansas City quarterback Matt Cassel hit inexperienced running back Shaun Draughn for 12 yards. Instead of marching for a winning field goal, Draughn fumbled and it was picked up by Roman Harper, who ran 57 yards for a touchdown for the game winner in overtime. But the play was reserved on a challenge, giving the Chiefs new life.

Succop nails winner: Kansas City kicker Ryan Succop hit a 31-yard game winning field goal. It was Succop’s sixth field goal of the game and his fourth after the start of the fourth quarter. I smell the AFC special teams player of the week.

Charles is back: Kansas City running back Jamaal Charles had 233 yards on 33 carries. This yardage explosion was fueled by a 91-yard touchdown run. He added 55 yards on six catches. It is a sign that Charles is back from his torn ACL he suffered 53 weeks ago. It’s great to see. Charles is one of the NFL’s bright, young running backs. His explosion is special and it’s nice he still owns it.

No problem, Houston: Chiefs’ second season pass-rusher Justin Houston had a monster game. He had three sacks, including a sack for a safety. Houston is a star in the making.

Defense improved: After allowing 75 points in the first two games. The Chiefs improved, especially late in the game. There is talent on this unit and it showed Sunday.

Still starting slow: Last season the Chiefs didn’t score a touchdown on their opening possession. That trend has continued through the first three games of this season.

What’s next: The Chiefs host San Diego on Sunday in a big AFC West game.