Chiefs Notes: Warfield Could Have Ended the Game

Eric Warfield was coming off a great week of practice, intercepting almost everything thrown in his area, heading into the Jacksonville game. But Warfield dropped a ball that might have been a Pick Six with 3 1/2 minutes remaining and the Chiefs clinging to a mere 16-14 lead.

"All week long I catch every ball in practice, but then I miss the one in the game that counts most," said Warfield, who began the game as the NFL co-leader in interceptions with three.

In marching 75 yards on 14 plays in 6:26 for a first-series touchdown against the Chiefs, Jacksonville scored on its opening drive for the first time since Dec. 15, 2002, a string of 24 games.

In stopping Kansas City on its first series, the Jaguars became the first team in five games to stop the Chiefs on their opening drive this year.

Trent Green was sacked a career-high six times and lost the ball on three of them (recovered by the Chiefs). He was a surprised guy, therefore, when he wasn't ruled down before getting off the flip that Priest Holmes caught and took 28 yards for the go-ahead TD with 4:45 remaining. Especially considering Green had been ruled in the grasp on an earlier tackle-evading play; something for which Green has become quite good this year.

Green had no problem with Ed Hochuli's first in-the-grasp call.

"I understood why (Hochuli) made that first call," Green said. "The officials are told to protect the quarterback, and they have some leeway in doing that. I'm sure they give Michael Vick more leeway because (escaping) is part of his game.

"I can't fault him for trying to protect us," he said. "There have been too many cases when the rules were different in the past when guys were taking shots at your head, your knees."

Reserve running back Larry Johnson, the Chiefs' first-round draft pick last year, was inactive for the first time this year.

QB Trent Green shook off a nothing first half -- the Chiefs had the ball for just 11 minutes of the first 30 -- and completed 13 of 21 second-half passes for 290 yards in rallying Kansas City from a 14-3 halftime deficit to a 16-14 fourth-quarter lead the Chiefs couldn't hold in an eventual 22-16 loss at Jacksonville.

RB Priest Holmes was limited to 75 rushing yards on 19 attempts in the loss to Jacksonville, but he had his best day of the season as a receiver in catching four passes for 47, the biggest coming on a 28-yard snatch-and-go that produced the go-ahead TD with 4:45 remaining. It was his first receiving touchdown since November of 2002.

WR Johnnie Morton caught a season-high seven passes for 111 yards against Jacksonville. It was the 20th 100-yard game of Morton's career, but only his second in three seasons with the Chiefs.

TE Tony Gonzalez was blanked throughout the first half in the loss to Jacksonville, but opened the second with a 24-yard TD catch to cut a 14-3 halftime deficit. Gonzalez caught six balls for 81 yards in the final two periods.

QUOTE TO NOTE:
"We thought we had him on the ropes, maybe gone for the rest of the game. But he's tough. A huge guy like that (6-foot5, 245) isn't going to be a wimp. He's going to take his hits and come back." -- DE Eric Hicks, on the knockout shots Jags quarterback Bryon Leftwich survived in the first and late in the fourth quarters.


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