Top Chief: KC's Best Performances
By Jordan Smith
Right now Chiefs fans have nothing but memories of better times, but that's because there were some phenomenal times. Also because the Chiefs went 2-14 last season, but lets pretend that never ever happened. These five dominant performances by players are the ones that jump out the most.
Priest Holmes' 2003 Season
Outside of Jim Brown, Priest Holmes had the most dominant three-game stretch for a running back in NFL history. He crushed the 2003 season, setting a single-season rushing touchdown record with 27. He rushed 320 times for 1,420 yards and caught 74 passes for 640 yards. Holmes' consistency was remarkable; he had only three games without a touchdown, and had four games with three touchdowns.
Tony Gonzalez's Career
Gonzalez's 12-year career with Kansas City is enough to call him the greatest Chief of all-time. In his KC career, Gonzalez caught a total of 916 passes for 10,940 yards and 76 touchdowns, which would still have led all tight ends in all history back in 2008. Five years later, Gonzalez is still chasing a Super Bowl ring (although not in Kansas City) and setting the bar for future tight ends extremely high. Gonzalez's best year came in Kansas City in 2004, when he caught 102 passes (an NFL high that season) for 1,258 yards and seven touchdowns.
Derrick Thomas And The 1990 Game Against Seattle
Seahawks quarterback Dave Krieg still probably wakes up with nightmares of this day. The late Derrick Thomas set a single-game record with seven sacks that still stands as an NFL record. He dedicated this game to the memory of his father, who had died in Vietnam. This single game stands out as the most dominant any Chiefs player has ever had, or likely will ever have.
Ed Podolak's 350 Net Yards
On Dec. 25, 1971, the Chiefs and Dolphins squared off in an AFC divisional playoff game that would become the longest in NFL history. Podolak made an incredible 74-yard return that set up a field goal to tie the game, but in the end, the 82:40 epic came to a close with a Dolphins victory. Still, Podolak's 350 net yards stand as a postseason record.
Stephone Paige's 309 Receiving Yards
Dec. 22, 1985 was the only memorable day from an abysmal Chiefs season that ended in a last-place finish in the AFC West. Stehpone Paige caught only eight passes for 309 yards. At the time, it broke a record set by Cleveland's Jim Benton in 1945. Paige's 38.6 yards per catch put him in rare territory. Paige's day is still the second-greatest single-game receiving achievement in history behind only the Rams' Flipper Anderson's 336 against New Orleans in 1989.