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It was the biggest comeback in franchise history.
In his post-game press conference Kansas City Coach Andy Reid termed the Chiefs’ first half performance “sloppy” with poor games by both offense and defense. Everybody, Reid noted, said “Enough’s enough.” Nobody hung their head, but rather had confidence in each other, Reid said.
The Chiefs last year defeated the Chargers 33-3 Nov. 22 and 10-3 Dec. 13. They won two games against the Chargers in 2014. The Chiefs last lost to the Chargers 24-27 in overtime Dec. 29, 2013, and suffered losses to the Chargers in three games before that.
On their first drive at the start of the game, which included a 28-yard gain by Spencer Ware, the Chiefs had to settle for a field goal. The 47-yard attempt by Cairo Santos was good, making the score 3-0.
From that point on things went downhill.
The first Chargers drive — which included a 32-yard gain by Tourek Williams and a 17-yard gain by Melvin Gordon — concluded with a 1-yard touchdown by Gordon to make the score 7-3 with 8:27 left in the quarter.
In the next Kansas City drive Chiefs quarterback Alex Smith fumbled, and a subsequent pass was blocked by rookie linebacker Jatavis Brown.
The next Chargers drive concluded with another Gordon touchdown at the start of the second quarter to make the score 14-3.
In the next Chiefs drive Smith was twice sacked by linebacker Jerry Attaochu.
The following Chargers drive concluded with a touchdown by running back Danny Woodhead to make the score 21-3 with 7:54 left in the first half.
Three and outs, including the Chargers’ first, concluded the first half. The Chargers had gained 219 yards, compared to the Chiefs’ 105.
A three and out opening drive by the Chargers was followed with a Chiefs drive that concluded with another sack of Smith.
The following Chargers drive concluded with a 29-yard field goal by Josh Lambo to give San Diego 24-3 lead with 6:02 left in the quarter, their biggest point margin of the game.
Then the Chiefs offense started to click.
A drive starting with a 45-yard pass to Spencer Ware concluded with a touchdown by rookie wide receiver Tyreek Hill to make the score 24-10 with 2:37 left in the quarter.
A Chargers three and out concluded the quarter.
Soon after that, a Lambo 28-yard field goal would make the score 27-10. It would be the Chargers’ final score of the game.
A 56-yard seven-play Chiefs drive concluded with a touchdown by former Mizzou Tiger Jeremy Maclin to make the score 27-17 with 9:18 left in the game.
Following a brief Chargers three and out, a Chiefs drive concluded with a 33-yard field goal to make the score 27-20 with 3:09 left in the game.
After a Chargers three and out, a four-play 42-yard drive concluded with a 5-yard touchdown run by Ware with 1:03 left in the second half. Included was a 22-yard run by Maclin in which he was injured. That tied the score at 27-27 with 1:03 left in the game.
The Chiefs managed to keep the Chargers from making a game-winning field goal, so the game went into overtime.
Winning the toss, the Chiefs got the starting drive. A 10-play 70-yard drive, which included four gains by Ware, put the Chiefs at the 3-yard line. Smith dove in for the touchdown to give the Chiefs a victory, 33-27 — giving them a 1-0 record at the start of the season. After the game Reid said it was Smith’s decision to make the dive.
In his press conference Reid said Smith showed he still had confidence in himself and his team. Last year’s team knew “nothing’s impossible” and the new team members learned that, Reid said.
Smith ended up passing 34-48 for 368 yards. Chargers quarterback Philip Rivers passed 25-36 for 243 yards.
Running back Spencer Ware led the Chiefs in both rushing and receptions making 11 carries for 70 yards and a touchdown as well as 7 receptions for 129 yards. Of his 199 yards, 141 were in the second half and overtime. Calling Ware a versatile player, Reid said, “Spencer Ware had a pretty good game.”
The Chiefs next play the Texans in Houston at noon Sept. 18. The Texans defeated the Chicago Bears 23-14 in Houston. Quarterback Brock Osweiler threw for 243 yards and two touchdowns; Bears quarterback Jay Cutler was sacked five times. The Texans had a 4-0 pre-season record. The Chiefs were known as the Dallas Texans in 1960-62 and played their home games in the Cotton Bowl.
The Chiefs then play the New York Jets Sept. 25 in Kansas City. The Jets lost 22-23 to the Cincinnati Bengals in East Rutherford, N.J.
The Chargers next play the Jacksonville Jaguars Sept. 18 in San Diego. The Jaguars lost 23-27 Sunday to the Green Bay Packers in Jacksonville. The Chargers then play the Indianapolis Colts on Sept. 25.
Next week, the Texans could be really tough . . . .
— Howard Elliott