What a difference a week makes. Last week most fans of the Kansas City Chiefs probably turned the game off at halftime, as their team was getting demolished by the Steelers. This week, the Cheifs looked like a team that could challenge for a wild card in the AFC, as they shocked the Chargers 30-27 in an inspirational effort in front of a huge crowd at Arrowhead Stadium. Kanas City’s defense did the job and while building a lead holding both LaDainian Tomlinson and Phillip Rivers in check until the Chargers were able to scrap back in the game in the second half. LT had just 16 yards rushing and 16 recieving in the first half, and ended the day with 66 yards on the ground and 72 in the air.
Rivers, who had looked so good the previous two weeks, was harassed by a solid Chiefs pass rush that did not play well in Pittsburgh a week ago. The first round QB ended the day with 266 yards on 25-of-43 passing, and threw two TD’s and a pick. Rivers’ favorite target on the day was tight end Antonio Gates, who hauled in 9 passes for 63 yards and a TD. After trailing 20-6 at the half, San Diego came out and put up 21 second half points to pull the game to a 27-27 tie. That’s when the Chargers D, which had been oh so good until Sunday, allowed the Chiefs to move into field goal range with less than :10 left. Then it was time for the other “LT,” Lawrence Tynes, to come in and put the Chargers away with a 53-yard field goal. The field goal for Tynes was a career high.
Damon Huard, another Chief who did not play well a week ago, played a ton better on Sunday against a better D than he faced in Pittsbrugh. Huard led the Chiefs on the game-winning drive, looking cool under pressure. He hit three passes for 52 yards to get them in position for the Tynes game-winner. Huard ended the afternoon 15-for-27 for 232 yards and two TD’s. He did not make critical mistakes, and in helping the Chiefs roll up 366 yards of offense, Huard made the Chiefs fans believe again that the team can win without Trent Green.
San Diego is still one of the top 2-4 teams in the AFC. They have a lot going for them, but Sunday Marty and co. hit a bump in the road at a place that can be a nightmare for opposing teams. That’s just what it was for the bolts on Sunday, as now at 4-2 they find themselves looking up at the Broncos in the standings.