Kansas City Chiefs coach Todd Haley has been a gambling man all season.
Sometimes, Haley’s risky ways work and sometimes, they fail.
Sunday, they lifted the first-place Chiefs.
There were about nine minutes remaining in the second quarter, and St. Louis was leading the Chiefs, 6-0. Kansas City had shown nothing all game, and the Rams’ offense was having its way with Kansas City’s defense.
The Chiefs were in a fourth-and-1 situation at their own 48 --- and Haley went for it.
It was a major risk. Giving the Rams possession in Kansas City territory with a chance to go up by two touchdowns early in the second quarter surely qualifies as a risk.
The Chiefs converted the first down and went down the field to score a touchdown. It sparked the entire team. The Rams didn’t score again until there were four minutes remaining in the game in an eventual 27-13 win for the Chiefs.
The Chiefs needed to make a play, and it was Jackie Battle’s seven-yard gain to extend a drive for Kansas City in the second quarter that gave the Chiefs life and eventually allowed them to keep a one-game lead in the AFC West.