KC against Jacksonville ended up being a tale of quarterbacks. Jacksonville already had their back up Garrard in for All-Pro Byron Leftwich. He starts screwing up and they put in third stringer Quinn Gray who blows up. There are teams in the league who don't have a single brotha at QB (...cough...Kansas City....) and Jacksonville has THREE of them with all of them worth their mettle. KC needs to hire away Jacksonville's scout.
So then Trent Green gets injured and in comes Damon Huard. I want to say the applause was for the fact that Trent left the field on his own power instead of the fact Huard was coming in, but I'm not too sure. Personally, I'm getting less and less enamored with Green. His time may be past already. He had a crucial turnover against Baltimore and now he has three turnovers in this game that almost cost them. I say they leave Huard at starter and try to get that Gray kid from the Jaguars as the back-up.
The announcers didn't talk about it but there are rumors on talk radio here that KC may be looking to trade Larry Johnson. Although I'm not sure if that's true or not, somebody apparently used it for fuel today. Enough to get another 1,700+ yard season and enough to get the NFL single season record for carries.
Kansas City managed to squeak by the Jaguars 35-30, in spite of Trent Green. Nevertheless, there were a lot of things that KC needed in order for them to get into the playoffs:
- A Steelers win in Cincinnati
- A Titans loss at home to New England
- A Broncos loss at home to San Francisco.
Amazingly, every single one of the possibilities occurred. Now the Chiefs advance to the playoffs as a wildcard where I'm pretty confident they'll bow out in the first round...again...