Jamaal Charles has a sense of timing. The dramatic players always seem to.
On Sunday, after the Rams stole momentum with a fourth-quarter touchdown, the Chiefs were trying to run out the final 4 minutes and protect their 20-13 lead. Instead, on the first play, Charles broke free for an 80-yard run.
The only imperfection was that Charles, for one reason or another, didn’t quite reach the end zone. Rams cornerback Ron Bartell caught up with him and brought Charles down at St. Louis 2, and he didn’t pop up the way he does so often.
No matter. After trainers tended briefly to Charles, he walked off the field, and Thomas Jones reached the end zone on the next play.
After the Chiefs’ 27-13 victory, and after Charles’ teammates were assured he wasn’t injured, his performance was worth smiling about.
“I’m on him a little bit about getting caught there at the end,” Chiefs guard Brian Waters said. “I know he’s going to claim he got cramped up, but we’ll see.”
Charles and company take on the Titans next week.