Play of the Game – Palko’s Third Interception

From Arrowhead Stadium

QUARTER – 4th Quarter, 38 seconds to play.

SCORE – Pittsburgh held a 13-9 lead.

DOWN & DISTANCE – 1st-and-15, from the Pittsburgh 37-yard line.

DEFENSIVE SET – a 2-3-6 set, with a zone blitz as a defensive back rushes and LB James Harrison dropped into coverage.

OFFENSIVE SET – Shotgun, with four wide receivers and one back on the field. The back and a receiver flank the quarterback.

When the game was over, QB Tyler Palko took the blame for all the turnovers that came down in Sunday night’s game. But on the final one of the game, his fourth quarter interception that ended the Chiefs comeback attempts, he had some help. Namely, in the person of WR Dwayne Bowe

Remarkably, the Chiefs had turned the ball over three times in the game, yet there they were in the fourth quarter, moving into Pittsburgh territory on the way to setting up the opportunity to throw some balls into the end zone for possibly the winning touchdown.

But first they needed another completion to get them into better position. Palko went back to pass in the shotgun and had plenty of time to throw the ball as the Chiefs pass protection formed a very nice pocket for him.

Palko was looking for Bowe from the start. So was the Steelers defense, as there were three men around Bowe and five in the area when the ball left the quarterback’s hands.

The pass was high and to Bowe’s left, but the Chiefs wide receiver did not even attempt to catch the ball, or to break up the interception by CB Keenan Lewis. He jumped but his arms remained at his side.

Palko reacted as he walked off the field, but he did not throw Bowe under the bus after the game. “Those are all on me,” Palko said. “Any time the ball leaves your hands you are responsible for it. I take full responsibility for all turnovers.”

Bowe, as usual, was not talking after the game. Todd Haley was.

“On first down with time on the clock, we have to protect the football at all costs and Tyler knows that,” Haley said. “There was a little communication issue obviously between the two of them and we just have to get that straight. We can’t have it happen in critical situations like that because that’s what ultimately beat us.

“Everything else aside, we were in a position to win the game.”

10 Responses to “Play of the Game – Palko’s Third Interception”

  • November 28, 2011  - chewbone says:

    Collingsworth really drew what remain of national media attention to Bowe on that last play. I am sure he will mention it again during the various TV shows he is a part of this week. I must admit it didn’t look good as a fan, but the Chiefs review of their game film will be the true test as they critique what went wrong. With Bowe going into a “new contract year” lets see how he finishes this season.

  • November 28, 2011  - brainsmasher says:

    We’ve all seen Dwayne Bowe make spectacular catches and sell out with no regard for his body. I think he went up for the ball, saw that it was uncatchable, sensed 5 defenders around him and figured why take a hit that may put him on IR.

  • November 28, 2011  - Blake says:

    I dont blame Bowe for that. Palko should NEVER have thrown that ball, he threw into TRIPLE coverage, that is a huge no no. Bowe could not have caught the ball, could he have got a hand on it? Maybe, but with 3 guys around him if he tips that ball it is almost a guarantee to be intercepted just like if he didnt touch him. I find it interesting that Haley who almost says that the receivers need to bat the ball down, says that Palko should not have thrown that ball. I think that right there should show that it was Palko’s fault and not Bowe’s. Palko on all of his 6 INT’s in the last two games, are because of his accuracy. He just is not an NFL QB or really a backup NFL qb. He is not accurate enough and it shows on all of his INT’s!

  • November 28, 2011  - aPauled says:

    It was late and Collinsworth cleary needed to latch on to something for his signature input to review all week. The more angles that I see…the ball was uncatchable. Not sure why Bowe pointed up field, then cut left…from that perspective…Bowe did hang Palko out to dry. Criticizing Bowe for not catching/attempting a play on the ball…don’t see it. As pointed out…Palko never should have thrown into that coverage. 3 guys rushing, 5 guys near Bowe…had to be somebody else to check down to.

  • November 28, 2011  - Blake says:

    exactly, I went back and watched the play. Breaston was open. I dont understand at all why he would throw into triple coverage even if Bowe did say throw it to him? If Palko hadn’t thrown three picks and a lost fumble then we might not have been in that situation at all. I dont blame Bowe, I blame Palko!!! It will be a joke if Palko is the starter vs Chicago…

  • November 28, 2011  - Craig says:

    Good points all. Even if Bowe went up field instead of cutting across the field the ball was way under thrown and uncatchable by Bowe. Im not sure he could have disrupted the play. Too little too late. Go Chiefs!

  • November 28, 2011  - cychief24 says:

    Palko is the worst QB to play for the Chiefs in the 34 years I’ve had season tickets…the worst…how bad must Stanzi be to not be able to beat that whiney a$$ punk out??????
    I’m surprised the receivers didn’t beat the heck out of Palko in the locker room the way he kept pointing and screeching at them for his horrific performance.
    All involved in keeping Palko on the roster should be held responsible.

  • November 28, 2011  - Blake says:

    I dont think Stanzi is bad, I think they dont want to throw him to the wolves so to speak. Palko they dont care about lol.

  • November 29, 2011  - Kenneth says:

    I disagree with many here, on Bowe’s play or nonplay you guys would be right if it was early in the game or the Chiefs were down by 2-3 TD’s but it was crunch time and a TD wins the game for the Chiefs so if you are as good as Bowe claims he is then you give up the body and you fight for the ball or knock it down and go to the next play with time on the clock.

    Another point that Collinsworth made was that on Palko’s first interception Breaston ran the wrong route (he ran a Go route instead of a hook route), Collinsworth suspected that was the case and the Chiefs ran the same play later in the game with Baldwin and he did the hook route and caught the ball for a 1st down and Collinsworth said brought it up again that it was likely Breaston’s fault.

    So thats two interceptions maybe not directly caused but maybe partly attributed by the WR’s.

  • November 29, 2011  - Blake says:

    I dont think Bowe could have even touched the ball if he tried, it was way over thrown. It was also thrown into triple coverage!

    How do you know that Breaston ran the wrong route? How do you know that Palko wasnt the person who messed up? Breaston has been playing in this offense longer than Palko has. Palko has been playing with the backups.

    I think every one of Palko’s INT’s are either because he isn’t accurate or he makes a terrible decision!

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