Report Card: Chiefs vs. Chargers

Though Tony Gonzalez set and NFL record for catches by a tight end and Larry Johnson continued his assault on double digit scores in consecutive games, the rest of the team did not fair as well.

PASSING OFFENSE: C - Trent Green racked up a bunch of yards (373), but most came after KC fell behind 24-3 and was throwing against San Diego second-teamers. He forced the ball too often and ended up with four interceptions, two of which came on plays inside the Chargers 30.

RUSHING OFFENSE: C - RB Larry Johnson averaged only 2.7 yards on 17 carries against the NFL's second-ranked rush defense, even though few of San Diego's top defenders played into the second half. He was effective, however, in taking two short passes for 30 and 40 yards as part of his 115-yard receiving effort.

RUSHING DEFEENSE: D - Even without RB LaDainian Tomlinson, the Chargers averaged 4.6 yards in rushing for 138 yards on 30 carries. Third-teamer Michael Turner ripped off a 30-yard run on his first carry in which he carried several would-be tacklers and set a tone for the rest of the game.

PASS DEFENSE: D - QB Doug Flutie threw like anything but a 42-year-old QB in throwing for 199 first-half yards and a 17-3 lead at intermission. He needed only 52 seconds to move the Chargers 64 yards on five plays for a 10-yard TD pass to rookie TE Ryan Krause that hiked San Diego's lead to 17-3 just before halftime. Chiefs CB Dexter McCleon was burned for a 27-yard completion in that final drive, then gave up a fourth-quarter TD pass to rookie WR Malcom Floyd. Flutie and rookie Phillip Rivers both had 100-point passer ratings.

SPECIAL TEAMS: D - Dante Hall returned a squib kick 37 yards to the Chargers 41 to give Kansas City a chance the Chiefs didn't cash seconds before halftime. Lawrence Tynes tied his longest field goal of the year with a 50-yarder, but then missed from 33.

COACHING: F - Left guard Brian Waters provide the explanation for the grade here. "Evidently we didn't do the things we needed to do this week in preparation for taking care of our business today," the Chiefs Pro Bowl guard said afterward. "I don't know if the coaches got us prepared well enough or the game plan was good enough. Evidently, they weren't. It was a team effort and everyone should take their part of the blame. This should give us plenty to think about in the offseason."


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