- Adam Teicher, ESPN Staff Writer
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Burning the timeouts: The Chiefs called a timeout on their final touchdown drive that would have been useful later, after the Chargers went ahead in the final seconds. The Chiefs had just picked up a first down at the San Diego 5-yard line with 1:28 remaining and, trailing 34-31, stopped the clock from the sideline. They scored on their next play on a pass from Alex Smith to Dwayne Bowe. But the Chargers went down and won the game with a touchdown pass of their own with 24 seconds left. The Chiefs could have used the additional timeout at that point as they scrambled to get into field goal range. "I was just calming the storm there," coach Andy Reid said. "I was just making sure that we had the right [players] in and we were ready to go."
Offense keeps up: There was some question as to Kansas City's ability to keep up in a high-scoring game, but the Chiefs did it Sunday. Their 38 points topped their previous season high of 31, and their five offensive touchdowns topped their previous high of three. "Not that you don't take positives from games, but, right now, it wasn't enough," said Smith, who had season highs in passing yards (294) and touchdowns (three). "We didn't do enough as a team to get it done, so it stings."
Amazing statistic: History was on the side of the Chiefs and not the Chargers when the game became as high scoring as it was. Going into the game, the road team had been a pathetic 23-751 when allowing 38 or more points since 1970. That's a winning percentage of .030. The 38 points matched the Chiefs' all-time high in a home defeat. The Chargers had lost 25 of their previous 26 road games when allowing 38 or more points.
Reid bumps into Rivers: Reid had an unusual meeting with San Diego quarterback Philip Rivers during the game. The two bumped into one another after a play on Kansas City's sideline. Reid had something to say to Rivers afterward. "He was telling me to get back to the huddle," said Rivers, who added that he had no problem with the incident. "I made sure I found him after the game," Rivers said. "I have a great deal of respect for him as a man and as a coach and the career he's had in this league."
6dEric D. Williams
6dEric D. Williams