Chiefs vs Chargers: Making sense of the madness!

KANSAS CITY, MO - SEPTEMBER 11: Quarterback Alex Smith
KANSAS CITY, MO - SEPTEMBER 11: Quarterback Alex Smith /
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KANSAS CITY, MO – SEPTEMBER 11: Travis Kelce /

How The Chiefs Turned Things Around

For as bad as the first half of the game was the end was that much better. I started out just wanting the Chiefs to make things respectable. I didn’t even give a full comeback any consideration. My thinking was that if they went from down 24-3 and playing the worst football I have seen in a while to something like 27-17 that would be enough progress to give Chiefs fans some hope moving forward.

As the game got closer and closer it was like an inner of battle of “They might just pull this off” and “No way, don’t get your hopes up, just appreciate that they’re playing much better.” Then once the Chiefs got the ball back down 27-20 I was all in. I was jumping up and down, going crazy and pacing the floor. I had to put the dogs outside because I was scaring them and at one point I was sitting on the floor in front of the TV with my son in some kind of half hug half headlock beside me. It was great.

So how in the world did it happen?

There were six major factors that caused the comeback in my opinion.

1. The Chiefs woke up from their self induced coma.

2. They started getting the ball to their top playmakers: Maclin, Kelce, and Ware.

3. Alex Smith stopped being conservative and let the ball fly.

4. The defense upped their all around play.

5. The Chargers really missed Keenan Allen.

6. The Chargers offense choked under the pressure late.

If you were to ask the question “Did the Chiefs come storming back or did the Chargers choke the game away?” my answer would be about 66 percent Chiefs comeback and about 33 percent Chargers choking the game away. I felt like the Chargers offense broke down after the Keenan Allen injury.

Part of that was missing their best wideout who was having a field day against the Chiefs secondary and part of it was mental. Yes, they missed Allen’s production but he wasn’t their entire offense to that point. The Chiefs deserve more of the credit for this win in my opinion, especially the offense.

Next: What got us rolling?