Jamaal Charles had an enormous day for the Kansas City Chiefs this past Sunday, finishing with 195 receiving yards, four receiving touchdowns, 20 rushing yards and one rushing touchdown. He is the first running back in NFL history to catch four touchdowns in a game, and first player at any position to catch four touchdowns and run for another one.
Six total touchdowns would have tied him for the NFL record, but Charles was pulled when the game was out of reach and backup running back Knile Davis ran in the Chiefs’ final touchdown from 17 yards out. Charles commented on the situation via the team website.
“I was ready to go back in the game. Coach said stay loose and if we broke one loose, Knile Davis was supposed to kneel at the one-yard line and they were going to let me go in, but it didn’t happen. Everything happens for a reason and I’m thankful to have a game like this; thanks to God for blessing me today.”
It’s a very good thing that Davis didn’t kneel to give Charles a touchdown opportunity. Handing him a touchdown would have cheapened a very special day for Kansas City. Thanks to Charles’ huge game, the Chiefs clinched a playoff spot against the rival Oakland Raiders in one of the most amazing turnarounds for a franchise across all sports. Granted, there was a good chance Charles would’ve got another touchdown had the game been closer down the stretch, but resting the workhorse was the right thing to do.
Furthermore, Davis earned that touchdown. The rookie has scored in each of the past three weeks and got a well-deserved score on a great run. He shouldn’t have to give up what he earned in his limited playing time so Charles could get some tainted glory. Again, Charles probably could have gotten another touchdown, but that isn’t how the game played out. Altering your decisions to chase a record is a sad way to get in the books, and it would have tarnished a nearly perfect day for Kansas City.