NOTES: Penalties Galore For Both Teams

From Arrowhead Stadium

It was a bad night for the San Diego Chargers.

It was a really bad night for QB Philip Rivers.

But it was a horrible night for left tackle Marcus McNeill.

The big man holding down the left side of the Chargers offensive line had a horrific game against the Chiefs. McNeill spent most of the game going one-on-one against Chiefs OLB Tamba Hali, and that made for a very tough night. Hali had two sacks, with one coming against McNeill. But just as bad were the six penalties that were called against McNeill. That was half of the dozen penalties walked off against the Chargers.

“He’s a great player,” McNeill said after the game. “This is a very tough place to play. But I pride myself in being a good player, in not having bad games. I made too many mistakes. I feel bad. I just had too much anxiety.”

Before a second had ticked off the game clock in the first quarter, McNeill was penalized for the first of four false start penalties. The Chargers first play of the second half also ended up with McNeill penalized for a false start. He was also called for holding and flagged for illegal hands to the face in the fourth quarter.

“You know when you come in here you don’t want to have any penalties,” said head coach Norv Turner. “It’s not my job to evaluate the officials. We’re trying hard to eliminate penalties. I think we did that in the second half.” In fact, San Diego had just three penalties in the second half and overtime, compared to nine in the first half.


Coming into the game, the crew of referee Alberto Riveron was averaging nine penalties walked off each game for 66 yards. That had them among the least busy officiating crews in the NFL.

Whether instigated by a boisterous Arrowhead Stadium crowd or not, this crew ended up walking off 21 penalties for 158 yards.

Here are the nine calls that went against the Chiefs:


Offender Penalty



B. Richardson False start



B. Albert False start



Dwayne Bowe Pass inter.



Leonard Pope False start



J. O’Connell False start



Jon Asamoah False start



Unknown Ineligible downfield



C. Greenwood Illegal block



B. Albert False start


Plus, the replay booth was active as well in this game:

  • Todd Haley challenged a fumble call on Dexter McCluster, but the review upheld the call.
  • The Chargers challenged an incomplete pass call on Matt Cassel, and the replay showed it was a fumble, with San Diego recovering the ball.
  • The replay assistant reversed a call of Jackie Battle scoring at the end of a 20-yard run. The review showed his knee hit at the one-yard line before he reached the goal line, so the on field call of a touchdown was reversed.
  • The booth reviewed the two-point pass play by the Chargers and upheld the ruling on the field that the play was successful, allowing San Diego to tie the game at 20-20.


K Ryan Succop – had a good day, hitting all three of his field goals. He also had six kickoffs and four of those went for touchbacks. One was a mortar kick at the end of the half and the sixth was returned for 17 yards.

P Dustin Colquitt – also had a very good day, punting five times for 52, 47, 68, 61 and 58 yards. San Diego’s Patrick Crayton returned three punts, averaging 17.7 yards per return. Colquitt’s gross average was 57.2 percent and the team’s net punting average was 46.6 percent.

R Javier Arenas – Returned just one punt for 10 yards.

R Dexter McCluster – got back into the return game, taking back five kickoffs for a 27.4-yard average, with a long return of 33 yards. He also returned one punt for six yards.

Coverage – Punt group allowed 17.7 yards on average for three returns and 18 yards on two kickoff returns. LB Cory Greenwood was credited with two tackles. LBs Justin Houston, Demorrio Williams and Donald Washington had one tackle each.

One Response to “NOTES: Penalties Galore For Both Teams”

  • November 1, 2011  - Blake says:

    KC got screwed with those challenges, McCluster was CLEARLY DOWN. It isn’t even close, the ball is ripped out when he is laying down on his back on the ground. I have no clue what the ref was looking at. Cassel’s pass was also another bad call. His arm was going forward, this is kinda the reason why the ball went 3 yards past the line of scrimmage. I don’t agree with that call either…

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