According to TSN, former Calgary Stampeders quarterback Mike McCoy will have the opportunity to be a head coach in the National Football League playoffs in January. On Sunday, McCoy coached the San Diego Chargers to a 27-24 overtime victory over the Kansas City Chiefs and in the process secured the sixth and final playoff spot in the American Football Conference.
With the victory, the Chargers improved to 9-7 and will play the Cincinnati Bengals in the AFC Wild Card game next Sunday from Ohio.
The Chargers are the hottest team in the AFC as they have won four straight. In order to make the postseason, they not only needed a win over the Chiefs, but losses as well by the Baltimore Ravens and Miami Dolphins. The Ravens lost 34-17 to Cincinnati an the Dolphins lost 20-7 to the New York Jets.
The Chargers also got a break on Sunday because the Kansas City Chiefs, who were stuck in the fifth spot in the AFC standings, did not play their top players. The Chiefs actually had an opportunity to win the game in regulation, but kicker Ryan Succop missed a 41 yard field goal with eight seconds left in the fourth quarter. Chargers kicker Nick Novak then executed a 36 yard field goal in overtime before the Chiefs turned the football over on downs.
McCoy meanwhile played for the Stampeders in 1999 before becoming a long time NFL assistant coach. This is his first year as a NFL head coach.