Replacing an injured Alex Smith,
Daniels completed 16 of his 27 pass attempts for 157 yards. While Daniel did not throw a touchdown, he also avoided throwing an interception.
Smith sustained the injury after taking a brutal hit to the abdomen against the Steelers in Week 16. He noticed the discomfort following the game, but did not believe it to be serious.
Smith will not need surgery, although his injury will require a six-week timetable which will virtually keep him out for the remainder of the season, if Kansas City advances to the playoffs. The Chiefs will need to win against the Chargers and have the Ravens and Texans lose in order to clinch a spot in the postseason.
Smith signed a five-year, $76 million contract before the start of the season. In 15 games, Smith passed for 3,265 yards with 18 touchdowns and six interceptions. For the second straight season,
Kansas City opened as a 3-point home favorite. The line moved to 3 1/2 points, as of Friday before Vegas slashed the line due to the news of Smith's injury.
With pick No. 163 in the NFL Draft, the
Murray will likely sit for at least a year since Smith is entering the final season of his contract, although don't be suprised if Smith still gets a contract extension in Kansas City. Either way, don't expect Murray to start any time soon barring injury.
Murray finished his career at Georgia by passing for 3,075 yards, 26 touchdowns and nine interceptions in 11 starts in 2013 before suffering a torn ACL in his left knee against Kentucky. He is the only quarterback in SEC history to throw for more than 3,000 yards in all four seasons and is the conference's career record holder in touchdowns (121) and passing yards (13,166).
His status for the start of training camp is questionable with his knee.
Daniel hit receiver Dexter McCluster for a 2-yard touchdown in the first quarter. Daniel spread the ball to seven different receivers and led his team into range for the game-winning field goal. Alas, Ryan Succop missed the 41-yarder.
Daniel will go back to backing up Smith in Saturday's wild card game at Indianapolis.
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|2010||New Orleans Saints||13||0||3||2||66.7||16||5.33||9||0||0||1/10||0||0||79.9|
|2011||New Orleans Saints||16||0||5||4||80.0||29||5.80||14||0||0||0/0||0||0||90.8|
|2012||New Orleans Saints||16||0||1||1||100.0||10||10.00||10||0||0||0/0||0||0||108.3|
|2013||Kansas City Chiefs||5||1||38||25||65.8||248||6.53||48||1||1||2/11||3||1||81.9|
|2014||Kansas City Chiefs||3||1||28||16||57.1||157||5.61||30||0||0||4/17||3||0||73.1|
|2009||New Orleans Saints||0||0||0||0||---||0||0||0||0|
|2010||New Orleans Saints||13||0||2||16||8.0||16||0||0||1|
|2011||New Orleans Saints||16||0||3||-3||-1.0||-1||0||0||0|
|2012||New Orleans Saints||16||0||3||17||5.7||19||0||0||1|
|2013||Kansas City Chiefs||5||1||14||52||3.7||29||0||1||3|
|2014||Kansas City Chiefs||3||1||4||15||3.8||9||0||0||1|
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|2010||New Orleans Saints||13||1||0||0||0||0||0||0||0|
|2011||New Orleans Saints||16||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||0|
|2012||New Orleans Saints||16||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||0|
|2013||Kansas City Chiefs||5||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||0|
|2014||Kansas City Chiefs||3||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||0|
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