The Chiefs for the second week in a row jumped out on a weaker opponent by a score of 14-0 but could not put the Chargers away. Doug Flutie after struggling for most of the first half found some rhythm in the second half and nearly pulled of the upset.
For the most part the Chiefs defense did a great job stopping LaDainian Tomlinson. The San Diego running back ran for 106 yards but one of his sixteen runs was for 55 yards. But Flutie had the Chiefs defense reeling and playing a lot of soft coverage that allowed Flutie to run for first downs and make some plays offensively.
The Chiefs struggled early. On the first offensive possession, Green threw one of two interceptions but the defense held their ground and forced a three and out. After another offensive collapse, that included a dropped pass, the offense finally starting to churn some positive yards.
Priest Holmes scored on a 7-yard scamper that made the score 7-0 Chiefs. The defense again played strong as Flutie was held in check. Kansas City quickly capitalized again as Priest Holmes took over. He scored his second touchdown from three-yards when he jumped into the end zone untouched for a 14-0 lead.
But the Chargers thanks to great field position and poor special teams tackling by the Chiefs allowed San Diego to hang around. Tomlinson scored from six-yards out to make the score 14-7.
However, just like last week, the Chiefs with the clock winding down in the first half, Green found Tony Gonzalez for his first touchdown of the game from seven-yards out making the score 21-7.
The Chiefs seemed to be in command but Flutie engineered ten unanswered third quarter points and suddenly the noose was tightening on the Chiefs. After a strong stand by the defense, the Chargers Steve Christie nailed a 21-yard field goal that made the score 21-10.
But after the Chiefs sputtered thanks to a dropped pass by Johnnie Morton that would have kept the drive alive, Flutie went back to work. This time he found David Boston on a 20-yard touchdown pass that brought the Qualcomm stadium crowd to its feet.
After Green's second interception of the game in the end zone, the Chargers had momentum. But on a third and eight play, Flutie fumbled the shotgun snap and linebacker Gary Stills recovered the fumble.
With a short field, Holmes ran the ball down to the one-yard line for a first and goal. But after the Chargers stuffed Holmes on the next two plays, Green found Gonzalez for a 3-yard touchdown pass that made the score 28-17.
The Chargers scored a meaningless touchdown on the games final play as Flutie hit tight end Antonio Gates on an 18-yard strike making the score 28-14.
The star of the day was Priest Holmes who rushed the ball 31 times for 162 yards and two touchdowns. He also caught four passes for 24 yards. The offense struggled as Eddie Kennison and Johnnie Morton each dropped a pass in crucial situations that could have cost the Chiefs the game.
On defense, the team managed to get three turnovers but they could not put pressure on Flutie nor contain him until the fourth quarter and he narrowly pulled off the upset.
Next week the Chiefs travel to Denver to face the 7-5 Broncos who need a win to keep their AFC playoff hopes alive. If the Chiefs win next Sunday in Denver, they'll wrap up the AFC West and also set the AFC Conference win mark at 11 games for home filed advantage.
The New England Patriots also had a four point victory in Indianapolis against the Colts so they stand 10-2. The loss gives the Colts their third of the season and second in the conference.
This is a must win for the Chiefs against the Broncos next Sunday. They can clearly control their own destiny by beating the Broncos in the race for home field advantage. This team needs to wrap up the top spot in the AFC if it wants to get to the Super Bowl.
They've not played well on the road recently and going into New England or Tennessee in January won't help their chances of making it to Houston on February 1st.