You decide to not change the game plan against one of the best quarterbacks in the NFL and an offensive head coach.
The game remains tight as Rivers finds ways to dink and dunk across the field. But without Darren Sproles out there this season those 15-20 yard gains are only 8-10 yard gains. A lot of the drives that would have normally ended with touchdowns only lead to field goals. The Chargers take a 19-13 lead into the 4th quarter.
The Chiefs put together a nice drive in the middle of the 4th quarter that started at their own 10-yard line. They drove all the way down to the Chargers 29-yard line when they are saddled with a 3rd and 8 with 6 minutes to go. The Chiefs called a timeout to make sure that everyone was on the same page for this crucial play. Matt Cassel throws a beautiful fade pass to Jon Baldwin who reaches over Quentin Jammer and comes down with the touchdown. A ballsy call by Todd Haley to go for the big play when they only needed 8 yards.
The problem is that the Chiefs 20-19 lead still gave Rivers over five minutes left in this game. Antonio Gates catches five consecutive short-passes in front of the safeties for a total of 50 yards. This gets the Chargers within field goal range for Mr. Regular season automatic-Nate Kaeding. The Chargers take a 22-20 lead with two and a half minutes to go in the game.
The Chiefs start the game-deciding drive with a run right into run-stuffer Antonio Garay, who had himself a pretty good game against Casey Wiegmann, again. The second play was an interception in which Matt Cassel stared down Tony Moeaki for the entire play and Eric Weddle was able to dart in front of the pass and return it for a San Diego touchdown. The Chiefs lose the game 29-20. You can guess what the story-line was for the week on AP. It rhymes with pansy.
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