From Qualcomm Stadium, San Diego
Looking like anything but a team that was trying to seal away a division championship in December, the Chiefs got smacked and smacked hard by the San Diego Chargers on Sunday, losing 31-0.
Sadly that score sadly didn’t speak to the total domination by the Chargers who had to win to keep alive faint hopes of their fifth consecutive AFC West championship. Well they are very much alive, as their offense, defense and special teams had little trouble with the division leader.
The Chiefs are now 8-5, the Chargers are 7-6 and the Raiders ended up losing on Sunday in Jacksonville, so they are now 6-7 on the season. There are three weeks to go in the regular season. Had they won, the Chiefs would have a three-game lead with three to play. Instead, they now have a one-game lead with three to play.
Without a doubt, the Chiefs missed starting QB Matt Cassel who was home in Kansas City, recovering from his appendectomy from Wednesday. But it would be hard to say the Chiefs got blasted by the Chargers because Cassel was missing. Backup Brodie Croyle did not play well, but he did not have a lot of help. Pass protection broke down and the Chiefs were unable to mount any type of running game to take the pressure off Croyle.
Defensively, they got run over by a smash-mouth offense for the Chargers that ran for 207 yards.
As always there are a lot of angles on this one and we’ve got them all:
- GAME STORY: Failure in all areas for Chiefs.
- AFC POST-SEASON PICTURE
- COLUMN: Forget this one quick.
- SIDEBAR: Brodie gets no help.
- SIDEBAR: Chiefs defense gets smashed.
- SIDEBAR: Charles is embarrassed by shutout.
- NOTES: Chargers keep hope alive.
- REPORT CARD: Chiefs fail everything.
- PRE-GAME COVERAGE
- AFC WEST REPORT: Raiders, Broncos lose.