Score: Chargers 41, Chiefs 38
It was over when: Alex Smith was sacked in the Chiefs final possession which prevented the Chiefs from having a shot at going for a field goal to tie the game.
Player of the Game: Phillip Rivers. I don’t want to talk about it.
1. Passing Game
Alex Smith was able to take advantage of San Diego’s weak secondary and throw for 292 yards and three touchdowns. It was good to see the Chiefs could at least throw the ball well against a poor defensive secondary.
2. Jamaal Charles
He was a beast in the running game, racking up 115 yards on only 14 carries. He also had two touchdowns.
3. Return game
Quintin Demps had 199 yards in returns and Dexter McCluster had a couple of nice punt returns.
TWEET OF THE GAME
Chiefs have one sack in their last three games — from Eric Berry.
— SI_DougFarrar (@SI_DougFarrar) November 24, 2013
Chiefs entered the game without Mike DeVito, Jon Asamoah, and Eric Fisher, and then lost Justin Houston and Tamba Hali halfway through the game. Tough to win without five starters.
KC needs at least DeVito to get healthy quickly for next week against Denver.
Without Hali or Houston the defense struggled to get pressure on Rivers. As a result, Philip Rivers had all the time in the world to shred the Chiefs’ secondary. That shredding led to 41 points for the Chargers.
KC got zero pressure on Peyton Manning with Houston and Hali last week, so where is that pressure going to come from now?
3. Clock Management
Clock management made no sense at the end of the game. KC could have run the ball to kill clock, especially when they got down to the six-yard-line. Charles was gashing the Chargers all day so running for the touchdown would not have been too much of a problem for him.
Reid also called a timeout with 17 seconds left on the play-clock on that same drive. If Reid had at least waited 17 seconds to call the timeout and run the ball just one time during that drive, San Diego likely doesn’t have enough time to throw that final touchdown pass.