Chiefs wash out Bolts

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Jun 20, 2005
Chula Vista, CA

By Casey Pearce

Donnie Edwards at KC.By the time the Chargers and Chiefs had slugged it out for 60 minutes Saturday afternoon, the mud on running back LaDainian Tomlinson’s back was so thick that you couldn’t see his number 21. It had vanished, just like the Bolts’ playoff hopes.

The Chargers dropped a 20-14 decision to their AFC West rivals in front of a sparse crowd at Arrowhead Stadium. San Diego’s loss combined with wins by Jacksonville and Pittsburgh put the Chargers’ playoff hopes to rest.

“We did not lose today. We got beat,” Chargers Head Coach Marty Schottenheimer said. “We’re obviously disappointed. This was a difficult game, and the Chiefs did everything they needed to in order to win.”

The Bolts hadn’t allowed a 100-yard rusher in 16 games, but Chiefs running back Larry Johnson hadn’t been held under the century mark since he entered the starting lineup eight weeks ago. Running behind Kansas City’s three Pro Bowl linemen, Johnson chewed up 131 yards on the day. Johnson accounted for all 43 of the Chiefs’ yards on their opening drive. He finished the series with a four-yard touchdown run that opened the scoring.

“Every time he touched the ball, he made plays,” defensive end Luis Castillo said. “There’s a reason he’s going to the Pro Bowl. He’s a talented back.”

Heavy rains fell on Northwest Missouri Saturday morning, leaving the Arrowhead playing surface in a mess. Throughout the opening half, both teams struggled to find traction.

“We just didn’t get in sync offensively,” Schottenheimer said. “You can make all the excuses in the world about the conditions, but the bottom line is that we didn’t do enough to win.”

The slick track forced the Chargers to air it out in the opening half. Tomlinson’s trademark cuts were neutralized by the elements, but tight end Antonio Gates continued his tear against the Chiefs. Gates caught four passes for 52 yards. Late in the first quarter, the All-Pro caught a 22-yard touchdown pass from quarterback Drew Brees to tie the game at 7.

Throughout the season, the Chargers’ defense has excelled on third down. Going into Saturday’s game, opponents had converted only 38 percent in such situations, but the Bolts couldn’t get Kansas City off the field.

The Chiefs converted 11-of-19 (58 percent) third downs Saturday, including a 42-yard touchdown pass from Trent Green to Samie Parker on 3rd-and-12 that gave Kansas City a 14-7 lead in the second quarter.

With 1:56 left in the opening half, Johnson shed several tacklers before finding the end zone from 28-yards out. The score made it a 20-7 contest at the break.

The third quarter opened with promise for the Bolts. Brees led the offense to the Kansas City 17 yard line and had the Chargers on the doorstep. But like it had all afternoon, the ball took an unlucky bounce and ended the threat. A pass intended for Tomlinson slipped off of his hand and into those of Patrick Surtain.

The Chiefs never found the scoreboard in the second half, but their dominating run game allowed them to hold onto the victory. Brees, Gates and Tomlinson could only stand on the sideline and watch as Kansas City controlled the ball nine minutes more than the Chargers on the afternoon.

“I’ve said it before, that offensive line is as good as they come,” Schottenheimer said. “They have great players and they know how to block. They just kept pounding it at us.”

Brees finished the day 18-of-33 passing for 161 yards. His favorite target was wide receiver Keenan McCardell, who caught six passes for 58 yards on the day. His afternoon moved him into a tie with former Seahawks wide receiver Steve Largent for 10th on the league’s all-time receptions list.

Linebacker Donnie Edwards had his best game of the season at his old stomping grounds. The former Chief had 18 tackles on the day.

With one week remaining in the regular season, the Chargers promise that they’ve still got plenty to play for next Saturday.

“We bought in for 16,” Castillo said. “We’re going to put everything we’ve got into the Broncos this week. We just didn’t have it today, but we promise that we’ll do whatever we can to play better next week.”


Oct 14, 2005
Reasons why we loss:

1. No run blocking
2. No pass rush
3. inablity to stop the run
4. Inability to stop the Chiefs on 3rd down.
5. Too many dropped balls
6. Bad playcalling on offense

We looked like we didn't want to play today.