“If I’m Kansas City I’m looking forward to it because they’re nice and rested. You look at Indianapolis, they don’t have a lot of explosive weapons. T.Y. Hilton is their number-one receiver and it’s not like they have a great running game. So if I’m Kansas City, I do believe I can go on the road and beat this team.”
Rodney Harrison, NBC
GH: Okay…but did Rodney see the Colts/Chiefs game at Arrowhead right before Christmas? There is no logical reason to think the Chiefs have a more than a puncher’s chance in this game at Indy. But that’s logic talking – and the NFL playoffs are anything but Vulcan. Read on.
“The Colts think they beat the Chiefs. They didn’t beat the real Chiefs.”
Bill Maas, referring to the Colts 23-7 win at Arrowhead on December 22nd, 610 AM
GH: Interesting thought here by Maas. We do know the Chiefs played their starters against the Colts and needed the win to keep pace with the Broncos. What Maas is saying is that the real Chiefs are a lot better than the team Indianapolis steamrolled two weeks prior to the playoffs. I guess we shall see what “the real Chiefs” look like in Indy this Saturday.
“That’s a serious glass-half-full look at it though. That’s a serious optimistic viewpoint. I obviously hope (Maas) is right.”
Danny Parkins, 610 AM
“If I’m Andy Reid, I’m working all week on how to get a pass rush. I’ve got to get to Andrew Luck and pressure him to win the game.”
Tony Dungy, NBC
GH: A healthy pass-rushing Justin Houston is one Chiefs’ All-Pro player who just might make all the difference in this second meeting between the Chiefs and Colts. But how healthy is Houston? I don’t think even the Chiefs know.
“Multiple Chiefs told me after last week’s game they’d love to see the Colts again. When tight end Sean McGrath was coming up the tunnel after last week’s loss to Indy, he said to a teammate walking into the locker room, ‘Don’t forget how this bleeping feels.’ They wanted the Colts again. They’ll get them Saturday in Indy.”
Brad Fanning, reporter/anchor, KCTV 5
“You can’t make this stuff up! Good snap. Good hold. He just pushed it right. Unbelievable!”
Rich Gannon, network analyst, after Succop missed a 41-yard field goal that would have all but guaranteed a Chiefs win in San Diego, CBS
GH: CBS gave TV viewers a perfect behind-the-goalpost look at Succop’s game-winning attempt that never looked like it had much of a chance to sneak between the pipes. I was concentrating on the Chargers’ odd defensive alignment (that only contained 10 players and may have been illegal) and assumed the kick was automatic if unblocked. Well, you know what they say about those who assume…
“Not at all worried. When has playing the Colts in the playoffs been anything other than a trip to Disneyland? (begin chain smoking).”
“SD had more than 6 players on one side of the center on the line of scrimmage. That is a new rule and a foul.”
Mike Pereira, @MikePereira, former head of NFL officials, click here for video, Twitter
GH: If I can spot this sitting in my living room, what were the Chiefs’ coaches looking at up in the booth?
“Pittsburgh did their job. Ryan Succop did not so his.”
Bill Cowher, the former Steelers head coach, CBS
GH: Cowher made this comment as he was voicing over the Steelers highlights package and there was more than a tinge of anger in his tone. Can you imagine being a Steelers’ fan and watching Succop’s miss from their perspective?
“Let’s be real though: Ryan Succop didn’t cause the Steelers to be out of the playoffs. Losing to Tennessee, Oakland, and Minnesota did.”
GH: True…but if Succop makes the kick the Steelers are in no matter who they lost to previously.
“Somebody told Chase Daniel that this was the KU game at Arrowhead in ’07.”
Mitch Holthus, on the former Mizzou QB getting his first NFL start in San Diego and proving he just might be worth his $3.3 million paycheck, Chiefs Radio Network
“I’ve never been a believer of Chase Daniel but he made me a believer today. He played great.”
Call Jeff, 810 AM
GH: Multiply that comment by the state of Kansas.
“This is what you live for – to play in situations like this.”
Len Dawson, on Daniel getting the opportunity to quarterback the Chiefs in their final drive in regulation with the score tied and under four minutes in the game, Chiefs Radio Network
GH: Daniel did his part in directing the Chiefs’ final drive in regulation that put Succop in place for his game-winning 41-yard attempt. Dan Marino mentioned how impressed he was with Daniel’s ability to step up in a pressure situation and deliver an almost victory.
“The Chargers had a slightly better chance of getting into the playoffs as I had of winning the Powerball.”
Shannon Sharpe, CBS
“We did what we had to do to win. In this league they don’t give any style points.”
Phillip Rivers, Chargers QB, on San Diego’s 27-24 OT win over the Chiefs, CBS
GH: This might not be popular with the Kansas City crowd but the Chargers have the look of a team that just might steal some wins in the playoffs.
“Time out called by the Chiefs 31 seconds before the two-minute warning. … The Chiefs must have had some kind of disorganizational issue when they called time out with 2:31 left.”
Mitch Holthus, on Andy Reid calling time out at another odd time near the end of regulation that appeared to favor San Diego more than the Chiefs at this juncture, Chiefs Radio Network
GH: This is the second time this season Reid has suffered a brain lock on calling late-game time outs that favored San Diego more than his Chiefs. His incredibly poor understanding of the play clock scares me as much as anything when it comes to the Chiefs chances in the playoffs.
“I didn’t think people would be that excited after this game.”
Jay Binkley, on the number of positive calls he and Carrington Harrison were fielding following the Chiefs overtime loss in San Diego, 610 AM
GH: It wasn’t only the Chiefs fans who were impressed with the play of the Chiefs’ JV team. Read on.
“The only thing I can say about the way the Kansas City Chiefs ended this season is that was a pretty fantastic way to go out. To have a real chance to win a game (playing their backups) and to put Pittsburgh into the playoffs.”
Boomer Esiason, on the play of the Chiefs non-starters on the road in San Diego, CBS
“Let me tell you, that’s going to be a fun ride home. I’ve been on some miserable rises home from the west coast but that’s going to be a fun one.”
Bill Maas, on the mood of the Chiefs after their backups pushed the Chargers to overtime and should have won the game if Ryan Succop hits the 41-yard field goal, 610 AM
“I’ll take responsibility too, Andy. It was my worst game as well.”
Mitch Holthus, after Andy Reid stated that he and his coaching staff had done their worst job coaching the Chiefs in their loss to the Colts at Arrowhead, 810 AM
GH: Never change, Uncle Mitch. Never change.
“Let’s party like it’s 1969…because I don’t want to think about playoff failures.”
Jay Binkley, 610 AM
GH: I remember 1969 well. As a high school freshman, I was especially fond of miniskirts – a new fad that floored and delighted my older brother Bob when he returned from Vietnam. Woodstock, a man on the moon, and Len Dawson leading the Chiefs toward Super Bowl IV. Will 2013 be remembered as fondly here in KC? Can we at least bring back the miniskirt?
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