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Cheifs Chatter

Monday Morning Quarterback
The good, the bad, and the ugly

11/6/2001

by CK Rairden
Landmark columnist

Monday Morning QB checks in a day late. The Chiefs showed some signs of life in their 25-20 victory at the Q in San Diego over the Chargers.

It was a gallant effort by a team that is beginning to show signs of players putting forth maximum effort.

Still—there were problems. A good way to describe this—the good, the bad and the ugly.

• • •

The good.
Priest Holmes. Monster game. Physically dominated the Chargers defense. Made players like Harrison and Seau look bad.

Limited turnovers. Only 1 interception off a tipped ball.

A win to build on. The locker room was ecstatic to get this one. Watch for the carry over into NY.

Building a 19-0 lead. Looked good early for once. Limited mistakes and played pressure defense early.

The last drive. With the game on the line, the Chiefs had a nice balance of run and pass and allowed the game to come to them instead of forcing everything.

• • •

The bad.
After a TD is scored fans at home cheer and head for the fridge for a sandwich or a frosty beverage. All that comes next is the extra point, right? Usually.

The blocked PAT after the first TD came back to haunt the Chiefs as they fell behind by that one point late in the fourth quarter.

• • •

The Ugly.

Blowing a 19-point lead to a rookie QB. Whatever that defense the Chiefs were running was awful. The Chiefs gave up 20 unanswered points at one point. The scary part came on San Diego’s final drive, as it seemed the only thing that would beat the Chargers was the clock.

Only as Charger QB Brees committed the last penalty to run out that clock could the Chiefs finally breathe a sigh of relief, and finally enjoy a victory.