Gonzalez wins battle of top tight ends

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http://www.nctimes.com/articles/2006/10/23/sports/professional/chargers/23_102206181757.txt

By: STEVE SCHOLFIELD - Staff Writer

KANSAS CITY ---- In a matchup of two of the best tight ends in football, the Chargers' Antonio Gates caught more passes than Kansas City's Tony Gonzalez on Sunday, but Gonzalez came away with the bigger prize ---- a victory.

Gonzalez, a seven-time Pro Bowl selection, caught six passes for 138 yards, while Gates notched nine receptions for 63 yards and a touchdown.

But when it counted the most, Gonzalez was the biggest factor.

"Gonzalez was our Achilles' heel today," said Chargers safety Marlon McCree.

Gonzalez caught two balls over the middle for gains of 19 and 18 yards on the Chiefs' final drive to help set up Lawrence Tynes' 53-yard field goal with 11 seconds remaining that provided the Chiefs with a 30-27 victory.

"He's been one of the top tight ends in this league for a decade now and he made the big plays to help his team win," Gates said.

It seemed like when the Chiefs needed a big play, they turned to Gonzalez, who ran several deep patterns over the middle successfully against the Chargers' zone defense.

He had a 17-yard gain midway through the third quarter that was part of an 89-yard scoring drive by the Chiefs.
 
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That's because he faced a "top" defense that suddenly forgot how to tackle, and how to cover a team's best receiver with even a single person half the time. :unsure: :icon_evil: :tdown:
 

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WonderSlug said:
That's because he faced a "top" defense that suddenly forgot how to tackle, and how to cover a team's best receiver with even a single person half the time. :unsure: :icon_evil: :tdown:
Agreed. The D-gameplan was TERRIBLE yesterday. They had the ball on the 10 or so with 33 seconds left.... out comes the Prevent the Win Defense..... It just seemed like we didnt blitz much at all yesterday..... Huard had all day to throw, and the middle of the field was left wide open. It would be tragic, if Rivers didnt play so well.... he is a true winner and superstar in the making.
 

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Where was the pressure at the end? No blitzing? Huard was setting up camp and roasting marshmellows befor he had to throw the ball.
 

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That guy hasn't done shit in forever and once again we turn him back into his pro bowl form. The middle of our defense is a joke. Even Iowanian was willing to let him walk after the season.

We're nowhere near an elite defense and I don't want to hear it anymore. We might as well send the house after people because we can't cover shit anyways.

F*ck I'm pissed today.
 
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Oh how quickley people forget, remember last years game where Gonzo didnt do shit and Gates had 3TD's
 

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matilack said:
Oh how quickley people forget, remember last years game where Gonzo didnt do shit and Gates had 3TD's
What does that have to do with Tony G running free in our secondary? :icon_shrug:
 

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It sickened me to see him carrying half of our frackin D 20 yards down field.

This damn D needs to learn to wrap up and tackle. Not go for the big hit, not try only to strip the ball but frackin tackle.

First this I was taught in HIGH SCHOOL football was you tackle with your arms, not just your shoulders. You would think a pro would know that.

Simply disguisting to see Gonzo carrying our D down the field for a huge gain.
 

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Concudan said:
It sickened me to see him carrying half of our frackin D 20 yards down field.

This damn D needs to learn to wrap up and tackle. Not go for the big hit, not try only to strip the ball but frackin tackle.

First this I was taught in HIGH SCHOOL football was you tackle with your arms, not just your shoulders. You would think a pro would know that.

Simply disguisting to see Gonzo carrying our D down the field for a huge gain.
He did it more than once. McCree just looked over-matched on a couple of Gonzo's receptions. And on a couple of others Gonzo was wide open. I couldn't believe how uncovered he was on a couple of plays.
 

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didnt help when everytime he caught the ball, it looked like the same play..over and over....tried to strip the ball, over and over....ended up gaining extra yards, over and over.
 
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Boltdiehard said:
What does that have to do with Tony G running free in our secondary? :icon_shrug:
It has to do with Gates is like 4-1 in the battle of TEs since he joined the Chargers.
 

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That guy hasn't done shit in forever...
You gave us the answer right there. TG was the forgotten man in the Chiefs offense and it looked the Bolts just forgot about him, like they thought he didn't factor as heavily into their offense as he once did. And the fact is, he hadn't factored into their offense very heavily until yesterday. He was averaging a little over four catches per game and had scored 1 TD all year.

Still, it would've been nice to see the defense adjust to him after his third or fourth big catch. Especially since it's not like the Chiefs have this deep stable of deadly receivers.
 

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Agreed. The D-gameplan was TERRIBLE yesterday. They had the ball on the 10 or so with 33 seconds left.... out comes the Prevent the Win Defense.....

That's embarassing. When is this team going to clinch a win in the fourth quarter, instead of seeing the opponent march down the field and get a win late in the game?

It's been going on for years. Since even before Marty got here, but he hasn't changed it. I'm flat out sick of it.

Fix the OL and fix the 4th quarter defensive scheme. And fuggin' learn how to tackle, dammit !!!