Kansas City Chiefs: 2012 Year in Review

Farzin VousoughianContributor IIIJanuary 1, 2013

Kansas City Chiefs: 2012 Year in Review

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    A new page has been turned. As day one of 2013 is in full swing, let's take one final look back at 2012 for the Kansas City Chiefs.

    The Chiefs went through a lot in 2012 and were in the spotlight several times. The national media picked up on several football events that took place in Kansas City last year.

    Here is a look back at the top Chiefs stories and events that occurred in 2012.

Jan. 1: Chiefs Defeat Broncos to Conclude 2011 Season

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    The Chiefs went through a lot during the 2011 season. But on the first day of 2012, the Chiefs concluded the season on a strong note by defeating their rivals, the Denver Broncos.

    The Chiefs defeated the Broncos, 7-3. The Broncos were held to three points, which is the fewest Denver scored with then-Broncos quarterback Tim Tebow under center.

    Kansas City ended the season with a 7-9 record, while Romeo Crennel finished with a 2-1 record as the interim head coach.

Jan. 9: Chiefs Name Romeo Crennel Head Coach

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    After finishing the season 2-1 as the interim head coach, the Chiefs named Crennel as the 12th head coach in franchise history.

    Crennel, who coached in six Super Bowls prior to 2012, prepared for his 31st year as a coach in the NFL.

    Crennel received a vote of confidence from three analysts on NFL.com to win the Coach of the Year award. But as time went on, the chances of him winning it decreased quickly.

March 11: Peyton Manning Says No to Kansas City

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    Peyton Manning's release from the Indianapolis Colts sparked a lot of attention, as many teams made an attempt to sign him.

    The Chiefs wasted little time in being the first team to try to sign Manning. However, The Denver Post reported on March 11 that Manning rejected Kansas City's offer and had no interest in joining the team.

    This eventually resulted in Manning signing with the Broncos, leaving a bad taste in the mouths of many Chiefs fans.

Sept. 9: The Return of Tony Gonzalez on Opening Week

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    For the first time since being traded to the Atlanta Falcons, Tony Gonzalez returned to Arrowhead Stadium and had flashbacks of his 12 years with the Chiefs.

    But he didn't spend much time rehashing memories as he and his teammates got to work. The Chiefs collapsed in their season opener, 40-24.

    It was the start of a very long season in Kansas City.

Sept. 13: The Comeback in the Superdome

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    The Chiefs went into Week 3 with an 0-2 record and tied for most points allowed in the NFL. The team who they were tied with was their Week 3 opponent, the New Orleans Saints, who were also 0-2.

    After Matt Cassel threw an interception in the third quarter, the Saints took a 24-6 lead. But after Jamaal Charles' 91-yard touchdown run, the Chiefs gained new life and scored 21 unanswered points to come back and win in overtime.

    Ryan Succop had a career high for most field goals in a single game with six.

Oct. 7: Eric Winston Goes off on Chiefs Fans

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    Cassel had angered many Chiefs fans with his performance early in 2012. Going into the Week 5 matchup against the Baltimore Ravens, fans voiced their thoughts on Cassel through a banner flown over the stadium before the game. The banner had pleaded for Cassel to be benched.

    During the game, Cassel failed to prove his critics wrong after he fumbled twice and threw two interceptions. Toward the end of the game, Cassel suffered a concussion and did not return.

    Following the 9-6 loss, offensive tackle Eric Winston called out Chiefs fans and accused them of cheering while Cassel was dealing with his injury.

    Winston and Chiefs fans both received negative criticism for the event.

Nov. 12: Monday Night Showdown in Pittsburgh

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    The Monday Night Football Week 10 match between the Chiefs and Pittsburgh Steelers was one of the least anticipated Monday night games in franchise history among the fans. But little did fans know they were in for a thriller.

    The Chiefs drew first blood and took a lead in regulation for the first time on the season after either being tied or behind for 494 minutes and 56 seconds.

    The fun continued throughout the night as outside linebacker Justin Houston caught the eye of every fan. Houston and Tamba Hali did the "Kid 'N' Play" dance after sacking Ben Roethlisberger in the third quarter. Houston also danced after returning a fumble for a touchdown—which got returned—but received a penalty as multiple teammates danced with him in the end zone.

    To conclude a close game, the Chiefs forced the game into overtime with the score tied at 13. But Cassel threw an interception in overtime and allowed the Steelers to win, 16-13.

Dec. 1-2: The Tragedy and Aftermath

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    On Dec. 1, Chiefs linebacker Jovan Belcher reportedly killed his girlfriend at his home and later committed suicide at the Chiefs practice facility in front of a couple of people from the front office.

    The Chiefs dealt with a tough loss with a game scheduled for kickoff in a little over 24 hours. But the Chiefs decided that they would play and host the Carolina Panthers the next day.

    The Panthers and Chiefs squared off in Week 13 at Arrowhead Stadium as fans in attendance tried their best to lift the team's spirits. The Chiefs won, 27-21, and added their second win of the season.

    Brady Quinn earned himself AFC Offensive Player of the Week, but also scored a lot of points off the field for his comments regarding the tragedy.

Dec. 23: Dominance and a Loss Against Indianapolis

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    With the way the game had gone, Charles and Peyton Hillis carried Kansas City's offense and rushed for 352 yards against the Indianapolis Colts.

    However, the Chiefs still found a way to lose, 20-13. They became the first team in NFL history to rush for over 350 yards and lose a football game. A strong effort and good day from the two running backs went to waste.

Dec. 31: Chiefs Let Go of Romeo Crennel

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    After an embarrassing 2-14 record this past season, Chiefs CEO and chairman Clark Hunt decided to relieve Crennel of his duties as head coach of the Chiefs.

    Hunt went on to explain how things will work with the Chiefs. Hunt said he will take complete charge of the next head coaching search and that in the future, the head coach and general manager will report to him, rather than the head coach report to the general manager.

    It was a move the Chiefs never thought they'd have to make after hiring Crennel as a head coach nearly a year ago.

    Hunt and the Chiefs are currently working on finding the 13th head coach in franchise history.