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Chiefs vs. Chargers Post Game Gab


The San Diego Chargers shocked a empty Arrowhead stadium and Kansas City Chiefs team 22-21, scoring 12 points in the last 1:19. The Chiefs played their best 58:41 of football all season before they would choke away the victory, up 7-0 after a Larry Johnson four yard halfback TD pass to Tony Gonzalez the Chiefs would hold the Bolts to their 2nd consecutive punt to open the game.

The Chiefs would drive to the Chargers 16-yard line before sending out Connar Barth for a 33 yard chip shot field goal, only to watch Barth miss the field goal badly. The trend of missed scoring opportunities would continue for K.C., after a Tamba Hali sack, strip and fumble recovery of QB Phillip Rivers combined with a unnecessary roughness penalty and ejection of Kris Dielman for throwing a punch the Chiefs had the ball right back at the Chargers 17.

With a chance to put the Chiefs up 14-0 Tyler Thigpen would make a costly mistake throwing his only interception of the game to Chargers LB Stephen Cooper after trying to find Tony Gonzalez in the middle of the end zone, leaving a total of 10 points on the board in the 1st half.

Thigpen would not be denied on his next drive, again benefited with great field position after a Bernard Pollard fumble recovery he would take the Chiefs down the field on a 9 play 54 yard drive capped off by a 4 yard Dwane Bowe TD catch. San Diego would respond with a 32 yard Nate Keiding field goal right before half cutting the lead to 11, 14-3. Kansas City would add to their lead opening the 2nd half, after Patrick Surtain picked off Phillip Rivers pass on their first drive and returned it to the 3 yard line. The INT would set up a Tyler Thigpen TD dive.

Down 21-3 with 12:39 left in the 3rd quarter San Diego woke up and went 65 yards on 10 plays, pulling back within 11 with a 6 yard L.T. touchdown sprint. The Chiefs and Chargers would trade punts until the five minute mark of the 4th quarter when Phillip Rivers and the Chargers would get the ball back and embark on a amazing comeback.

Receiving the ball deep in his own side of the field Phillip Rivers led the comeback as he engineered a 16 play 89 yard drive that was finished off with 4 yard Malcolm Floyd touchdown reception. The Chargers would go for the 2 point conversion but would fail as Phillip Rivers pass to Chris Chambers fell incomplete.

Down 21-16 with 1:13 left the Chargers needed a big break and got their break when Dwayne Bowe muffed the onside kick and San Diego recovered. The Chargers would go 39 yards in 37 seconds to take the lead as Phillip Rivers hit Vincent Jackson on a 10 TD pass.

The conversion would fail and the Chiefs would find their selves down for the first time in the game 22-21. Thigpen would drive the Chiefs to the 32 yard line, giving his team a shot, but the kick sail wide left and the Chiefs would lose in stunning fashion. Over the past eight weeks this young Chiefs team has lost to five playoff teams on the last possession or late in the game. They have proven they can run with the big boys but they will continue to lose until they learn how to go for the throat when they have a team down.

Grading The Keys to the Game

Generate a pass rush: Tamba Hali had two sacks and stripped Phillip Rivers, Jason Babin Chipped in with a sack and was in the quarterbacks face all day long his pressure helped contribute to three San Diego turnovers. K.C. only had six sacks coming into the game, now they have nine and only need three sacks over the next two games to avoid the dubious record of fewest sacks in a season.

Grade: A+

Stop L.T: 15 carries 39 yards 1 TD and six catches for 35 yards, The Chiefs did not completely stop L.T. but they did a good job of not letting him get any big gains. And when San Diego started to get the momentum back the Chiefs still kept L.T. in check. The Chiefs still lost but they did not let L.T. beat them

Grade: B+

Give L.J the ball 20 + times: L.J. had a good first half when the Chiefs were feeding him the ball the Chiefs seemed to go away from him a bit in the 2nd half. There was several 3rd and short situations in 2nd half that should have gone to L.J. that did not. L.J. ended up with 55 yards on 17 carries, not great but a couple more carries on the last drive of the game and the Chargers might have never got the ball back.

Grade: D-


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One Response to “Chiefs vs. Chargers Post Game Gab”

  1. scott says:

    Every game from the Jets game on has had the Chiefs in the lead, only to lose in the fourth quarter. The whole coaching staff from Herman Edwards on down MUST be let go and a new staff hired. It is long past blaming a player here and there. The time for half measures is over.

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