The Kansas City Chiefs entered Sunday's contest with the Carolina Panthers with just one win in 2012. After quite possibly their most complete game in a 27-21 victory, this team has a chance to build a little momentum as the season comes to a close.
Look no further than quarterback Brady Quinn for the Chiefs' momentary resurgence. Whether or not this will signal a turnaround for Kansas City this season is the real question.
Quinn completed 19 of 23 passes for 201 yards and two touchdowns. While not in the realm of the Tom Bradys, Aaron Rodgers' and Drew Brees' of the world, it is certainly the best game played by a Chiefs quarterback this season.
Though the term "breakout" is subjective, what Quinn was able to do on Sunday is all the Chiefs needed out of their signal-caller all season long—whether that was Quinn or Matt Cassel in previous weeks.
Kansas City's recipe for success is simple: Run the ball effectively, mitigate turnovers and play solid defense. Execution of that plan was non-existent until Sunday.
The Chiefs can end the season on a high note, however, if Sunday's game plan—and execution—can be duplicated in their final four games.
Offensive coordinator Brian Daboll called his best game of the year, while Quinn and Co. performed to near perfection. After a 1-10 start, it has to feel good, even if the season will end largely in disappointment.
Though the Chiefs have decisions to make on a few of their top players, most of the roster will be back in 2013. Whether Quinn is retained remains to be seen, though his performance on Sunday could lend itself to that happening.
Talent is one thing, but experience is what oftentimes takes players and teams to the next level. If the Chiefs organization can use Sunday's game as a springboard, look no further than this exact point if their 2013 season looks nothing like the 2012 version.
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