That one hurt.
The Kansas City Chiefs fell to the San Diego Chargers 43-14 today at Qualcomm Stadium. The Chiefs followed up last week’s thrilling victory over the defending Super Bowl champions with one of their biggest stinkers of the season.
While it was nice being able to hand out game balls after victories, it’s back to finding the best of the worst on offense, defense and special teams.
Offense: Jamaal Charles
Charles showed again today both why he should be given the chance to be an every down back and what is holding him back. On the ground his elusiveness was on full display as he put up 93 yards on 16 carries for a 6.6 average. He also made an impressive 31 yard catch down the right sideline on his way to 54 yards receiving.
While he was putting up impressive stats, Charles also helped turn the game around with a fumble while fighting for extra yards. The Chiefs had just crossed into San Diego territory and were about to pick up their third first down of the drive when Charles put the ball on the ground. The Chargers then scored their third touchdown to make it a 21-7 game and never looked back.
Defense: Brandon Flowers
There wasn’t much to like about the Kansas City defense today as Philip Rivers notched his third 300 yard game of the season on an amazing 21 of 28 passing. In the midst of a poor team performance, Flowers had a couple of nice pass break ups and also delivered the Chiefs only big defensive play with a strip of LaDainian Tomlinson on the goal line.
But like Charles his day wasn’t without fault. In the second quarter after the Chiefs tied the game at 7, Flowers gave up a 53-yard pass to Malcom Floyd that put the Chargers on the 1 yard line. Tomlinson scored on the next play to put San Diego up for good.
Special Teams: Dustin Colquitt
Not Dusty’s best game, but he did find his way into the Chiefs record books! In the first quarter, Colquitt landed his 30th punt of the season inside the 20-yard line. That broke the franchise single-season record of 29 by Louie Aguiar in 1995. He added another later in the game for 31 on the season.
He should have ample opportunity to add on to his record over the Chiefs final five games.