A couple weeks ago, Kansas City Chiefs were 9-0 and their fans were arguing their team was the best in football.
Amazing how things change in eight days.
The Chiefs were defeated on the road at Denver last week, which was understandable. The 41-38 loss to the Chargers at home on Sunday is a little tougher to explain away.
The Chargers were 4-6 coming into Arrowhead Stadium. The Chiefs have a rematch against the Broncos in a week, something their players mentioned often in the locker room last week. Perhaps they shouldn't have overlooked San Diego.
The Chargers won a crazy game that featured eight lead changes, the most in a NFL game since Week 17 of 2011. The final lead change came with 24 seconds left as Seyi Ajirotutu hauled in a Philip Rivers pass for a 26-yard score. It was Ajirotutu's first catch of the game, third catch of the season and seventh catch since the start of the 2011 season. He was in the game at the end replacing Eddie Royal, who apparently had an injury.
After all the Chargers' late-game collapses this season, they were due for a win like this.
The loss is a tough one for the Chiefs, who were 9-1 after the loss to the Broncos and right in the mix for the AFC West title. Kansas City is still in the mix for the AFC West, but lost a lot of its margin for error with the tough defeat. The Chiefs' offense took advantage of the Chargers' terrible defense to score 38 points, but Kansas City's defense really struggled after top pass rushers Justin Houston and Tamba Hali were knocked out of the game with injuries in the first half. If those two miss some time the Chiefs won't be the same team, and it'll be especially tough against Peyton Manning and the Broncos next week.
The Chiefs can still win the division, get a bye and host a playoff game or two. But after Sunday's loss, their chances of doing that might ride on beating the Broncos next week.
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