(KANSAS CITY, Mo.) — What a difference a week makes in Kansas City.
After suffering a blowout loss on the road against the New York Jets in Week 14, the Chiefs were all but eliminated from playoff contention. The club made a coaching change, naming defensive coordinator Romeo Crennel interim head coach for the fired Todd Haley.
Facing the undefeated Green Bay Packers Sunday, Crennel and the Chiefs rose to the occasion, pulling off the 19-14 upset to put themselves right back in the hunt for the AFC West divison crown.
Kansas City has a tough road ahead of them in securing a playoff berth. They must beat the Oakland Raiders this Saturday at home, have the Denver Broncos lose to the Buffalo Bills and have the San Diego Chargers lose one of their last two games. If that scenario plays out, then they will be playing for a playoff spot when they take on the Broncos in the final game of the regular season.
“We have to win the next one,” Crennel said at a news conference Monday. “It’s a short week and we are coming up on it. We are looking forward to that, to try to keep this thing rolling. Because we are in the race and we got a chance.”
Crennel previously was the head coach of the Cleveland Browns.
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