Kyle Orton: Why Kansas City Chiefs QB Is Undisputed Hero of NFL Week 15

Farzin VousoughianContributor IIIDecember 19, 2011

KANSAS CITY, MO - DECEMBER 18:  Quarterback Kyle Orton #8 of the Kansas City Chiefs jogs onto the fiield during player introductions prior to the game against the Green Bay Packers on December 18, 2011 at Arrowhead Stadium in Kansas City, Missouri.  (Photo by Jamie Squire/Getty Images)
Jamie Squire/Getty Images

The Kansas City Chiefs came to play on Sunday. It was not an easy operation, but they were the first team in the league to hand the Packers a loss in 364 days.

The Chiefs went through a facelift throughout the week prior to this game.

Todd Haley was fired Monday morning, and Romeo Crennel was named the interim head coach. Crennel soon made the decision that Tyler Palko will no longer start, after throwing two touchdown passes and seven interceptions in four starts. Instead, Crennel made Kyle Orton his starter, who the Chiefs claimed off waivers on November 23rd.

Prior to this game, Orton only had one snap as a Chief. Against his former team the Chicago Bears, Orton entered the game on a play designed only for him. After handing the ball off to a tailback, Orton got the ball back and attempted to complete the flea-flicker pass to Jonathan Baldwin. However, Major Wright brought the heat and tackled him as soon as he got rid of the ball.

Orton dislocated his finger on that play and did not return. Many thought Orton's season was over. But Orton was able to practice and play in Week 15. The question was, can he lead the Chiefs to a victory over the undefeated Packers? Not many people thought so.

He came into this game and got the Chiefs off to a fast start. Orton had the attention of his offense in the huddle, and he played well during the game. He kept the football away from the Packers defense, who lead the league in interceptions with 27. Orton placed the ball where only his receivers could catch it. He completed 74 percent of his passes for 299 yards.

Along with his receivers, Orton and his offensive line were also in sync. The Packers have 27 sacks on the season but recorded zero against a Chiefs team that has had issues with their offensive line.

Orton had no problem getting the football to his receivers and is a big reason why the Chiefs upset the Packers.

Drew Brees, Matt Ryan, Philip Rivers, Matt Stafford, Eli Manning and several other quarterbacks could not do what Orton did.

Orton's first chance against the Packers was with the Denver Broncos before he joined the Chiefs. Orton had thrown three touchdown passes and three interceptions. Orton learned from his errors in his earlier opportunity against the Packers and made adjustments with his new team the second time around.

Orton's biggest accomplishment in this game was making sure the Chiefs had the ball for 36 minutes in Sunday's game.

After a heroic performance from Orton, many are asking if he is a viable option to be the quarterback of the Chiefs in 2012 over Matt Cassel. Orton has made his case and will continue to play and do everything he can to help make the early start turn into a long-distant memory.

Follow Farzin Vousoughian on Twitter @Farzin21