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Chiefs Lose Shootout With Chargers, 41-38


If somebody told you before the game that the Chiefs and Chargers would get into a shootout, you’d probably predict a loss, right?

Unfortunately, you would have been right. With Justin Houston and Tamba Hali injured in the first half, the Chargers offense was able to put up 491 yards—387 through the air— and 41 points on their way to a 41-38 win.

This was a game the Chiefs needed, especially with the Denver Broncos coming into town next weekend, but when all was said and done, the Chiefs couldn’t keep up with the Bolts.

It looked like Alex Smith and the offense had shed the stigma that said they can’t score points and win big games, and frankly, that was the truth for the most part.

Smith went 26-of-38 for 294 yards three touchdowns and one interception, and the offense put up 395 total yards and 38 points. Jamaal Charles ran for 115 yards and two touchdowns on 14 carries, and he also caught four passes for 42 yards.

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Ironically enough, it was Kansas City’s elite defense that couldn’t stop the Chargers when it mattered the most. With under two minutes left, Philip Rivers led the Chargers on a drive that was capped off by a 26 yard touchdown pass to Seyi Ajirotutu. The extra point put the Chargers up 41-38, and the Chiefs couldn’t drive the field to get the game tying field goal.

With the loss, the Chiefs fall to 9-2 on the season. The Broncos play tonight on Sunday Night Football at New England.

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Tags: Alex Smith Jamaal Charles Justin Houston Philip Rivers Tamba Hali

  • DTVTechGuy

    Blame this one on Sutton.

  • Jim bernard

    Can’t believe we made no defensive adjustments, y would they be playing man , bump coverage on the last td. Sd used their t.o.s and kc just had to keep them in front of them for 2 plAys and it woulda been a victory. C’mon sutton. Adjust. Please

  • Jason J Morrison

    I blame this one on the coaching. first of Reid, do not call a timeout with 17 seconds left on the play clock. run the clock down. secondly when your within the 10 yard line run the ball a few times run the time off the clock, and then punch it in. Sutton, San Diego Chargers should bot have scored. it should have a prevent style defense, you know they are going for the touchdown not a field goal.
    Secondly hoping Houston and Hali get better, and fast. we need them next week they need to come back angry and get after the QB’s again.

  • TAZMOSIS

    No, don’t blame it on Sutton. Put it where it belongs, with Andy Reid. Why in the world does he call a timeout with 82 seconds left. The clock was out friend. We had three timeout left, and had the ball on the seven. The last thing the Chiefs wanted to do was stop the clock. If he doesn’t stop it, the Chargers have to go the length of the field with maybe 30 seconds left. That was really, really dumb. We had the game won, and gave it away. Just dumb. This one really hurts.

    • Auburn78

      Eagles fans used to criticize Reid heavily for his clock management skills. This unfortunately is another bad call on his part. But in the end our D was unable to make any plays from start to finish.

      • TAZMOSIS

        Agree……..kinda’. Remember that both Hali and Houston were out for the entire second half. Before the Chargers scored a touchdown just before the half, we were in control. After those two went out, we had no answer. The timeout killed us.

    • Frank

      Agree. Why stop it? No matter the scenario, I can only come up with, we can’t leave Rivers with time. We didn’t need it.

    • Doc

      The time out did not lose the game. Defense letting them march down the field in 53 seconds is what lost the game. If Reid doesn’t call the timeout, the we leave points on the field like previous games. How many times did Allen burn us by being wide open for Rivers? No, this loss is squarely on Sutton and his play calling. What is being lost in all of this is how many yards the defense is giving up each week – even with H2 in there. Even if we lose the last five games – we still finish with a winning record.

      • TAZMOSIS

        So, you’re ok with a 9 and 7 finish? Really. Losing seven straight is ok? Throw out that question to a couple million other Chiefs fans and let’s see if they are good with that.

  • GDL40

    TOUGH LOSS !! …… GREAT GAME OVERALL !!!! ….. I am actually not so upset about this loss as I thought I would if we lost . For one, the offense showed signs of life ! …. they actually had a great game, besides a few dropped passes, and Alex not throwing the ball away to avoid the sack, overall, our offense was great, in my opinion……. unfortunately our AWESONE DEFFENSE, hasn’t been the same in the past 4 weeks :( AND to top that off, our TWO top players get injured. So you think, that’s when the offense HAS to step up, and they did ….. I can just hope that our offense can start playing like that more often, and our deffense WILL get back on track (hopefully Hali and Houston are ok) …… then we will be TOUGH TO BEAT ! GO CHIEFS !!!!

  • stevekozak

    Tough one. I am sure Micah will be along to tell us how it was Alex Smith’s fault. Offense finally shows it’s teeth and the damn defense lays down. Skip a rope!!

    • Frank

      On a related note, for all those that criticized the team for the offense not scoring enough and that being some sort of issue. We scored lots of points offensively and LOST. I really prefer the games we won wi more defense and ST. Much better than high scoring offense in a loss. Bring back the Sack City Chiefs. We are in a division that needs to beat the pass. We have a gray secondary, but need some pass rush. They seem too cautious these days. Mix In some blitz.

  • mattU

    Chargers had 3 points before Hali and Houston went out in the 2nd quarter…just goes to show how important they are to this defense. I don’t understand why Sutton just kept playing man after they went down though, especially after Allen kept torching everybody he lined up against…You can’t expect DBs to play man against good receivers without any pass rush. On the bright side, the offense did look good today…hopefully they show up again next week.