Rapid Reaction: Chiefs 23, Chargers 20 (OT)
November, 1, 2011
By Bill Williamson | ESPN.com
A look at a tremendous AFC West Monday night affair, one the Chiefs won 23-20 in overtime:
What it means: This wild game had it all, but most importantly, it had major ramifications on the AFC West race. The Chiefs' win means there is a three-way tie for first place in the AFC West. The Chiefs, Chargers and Raiders are all 4-3. It is the first time in the NFL that there has been a three-way tie among 4-3 teams since 1989 in the old AFC Central.
Tomorrow’s talker: The fumbled snap by San Diego quarterback Philip Rivers at the Chiefs’ 15-yard line with 48 seconds to go will go down in "Monday Night Football" history. Rivers and Chargers coach Norv Turner will forever be criticized for the play. People will wonder why Turner didn’t have Rivers kneel down twice and attempt a short game-winning field goal in the final seconds. Rivers will be haunted for muffing the snap. Rivers has been struggling this season, and he played very well from the second quarter to the fourth quarter until the fumbled snap. This one could stick with him for a while. This play might have long-term ramifications in San Diego.
Hail to the Chiefs: This game will be remembered for Rivers’ gaffe, but the Chiefs -- who were terrific on offense and defense in overtime -- deserve great credit. This team was left for dead after starting 0-3. The Chiefs have won four straight games and have a look of a team that is ready to defend its division title. Give Kansas City coach Todd Haley immense credit for keeping his team together after injuries devastated it early in the season. The Chiefs are becoming one of the top stories in the NFL.
What’s next: San Diego hosts the 7-0 world champion Packers in a huge game for the Chargers, while the Chiefs host winless Miami in Week 9.