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Chiefs set dubious record in loss to Colts

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The Kansas City Chiefs have not had a good season and major change figures to come almost immediately after they close out the season next Sunday.

All of that struggle doesn’t mean they can’t set a record, although the record they set in Sunday’s 20-13 loss to the Colts really just serves to underscore how wrong things have gone in K.C. this season. The Chiefs ran for 352 yards in the loss, giving them the NFL record for most rushing yards in a loss. The previous record was held by the 1944 Cleveland Rams, who ran for 320 yards in a loss to Washington.

Jamaal Charles, who is the NFL’s all-time leader in yards per carry, ran for 226 yards (NFL teams are now 29-3 when a back runs for that many yards) to continue a season that’s been remarkably productive given how little help he gets on offense from the rest of the team. Peyton Hillis added 101 yards to give the Chiefs two 100-yard rushers in the same game for the first time since Christian Okoye and Harvey Williams did it in 1991. That kind of production left one Chief trying to emphasize the positive amid all the losing.

“That’s been the bright light in this season,” left tackle Donald Stephenson said, via the Kansas City Star. “You feel bad you can run for almost 400 yards and still lose. It makes you look at yourself and try to figure out what we’re doing wrong. Take what we’re doing right, and go on with it.”

Getting a quarterback capable of succeeding with such a dynamic running game should be priority one for the Chiefs this offseason. Games like the one Charles and Hillis turned in on Sunday are a terrible thing to waste.

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7 Responses to “Chiefs set dubious record in loss to Colts”
  1. m1000be says: Dec 24, 2012 10:37 AM

    And this is why my beloved Colts will fall in the first rounds of playoffs. When KC runs for almost 400 yards on your defense, something is admist.

  2. christopher525 says: Dec 24, 2012 11:06 AM

    …and with the first pick in the 2013 NFL draft, the Kansas City Chiefs select Colin Klein…

  3. muchris says: Dec 24, 2012 11:38 AM

    Not only did they break the record but they broke it by 10% (352=320×1.10)

    That’s Bob Beamon-ish….

  4. woodyc says: Dec 24, 2012 11:49 AM

    Just shows how awful Brady Quinn is. The quy was staight up overrated at Notre Dame and is a below average NFL QB. The running backs play lights out and the defense does an overall good job, but the QB just plain stinks and you can’t win.

  5. spellingcops says: Dec 24, 2012 12:25 PM

    And people picked them to win the division….

  6. jaimelh02 says: Dec 24, 2012 3:40 PM

    Obviously the Chiefs were throwing the game. They went for it on 4th and inches in the 4th quarter instead of kicking the field goal to take the lead.

  7. nelly837 says: Dec 25, 2012 5:06 PM

    Just shows how awful Brady Quinn is. The quy was staight up overrated at Notre Dame and is a below average NFL QB. The running backs play lights out and the defense does an overall good job, but the QB just plain stinks and you can’t win.

    No it’s because of the genius that is Brian Dabol the great mastermind of the offense machine that is the Chiefs. On 4th and inches instead of giving it to Peyton Hillis (who BTW was having his best game of the season) and is always good for a yard, he instead called for the always deceptive QB sneak by that power house of a rusher Brady Quinn who was promptly stuffed for no gain. Go figure, then the Colts marched down field to score a TD.

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