... that could have changed the game.
I rewatched the 1st half of the game and I found 3 key plays that prevented an otherwise extremely competitive effort by the team from resulting in success.
I'm skipping the obvious Charles' fumble. It was bad, but not unrecoverable from. 1) Bobby Engram in the endzone. We've just recovered an Eli fumble and driven the ball to the Giant's 16 yard line. It's 3rd down and Cassel throws a ball to the right corner of the endzone. Engram's there and instead of attacking the ball in the air, he waits with his hands in a basket by his waist for the ball to drop to him. The Giant defender closes the gap and the ball hit's him in the helmet. If Engram goes for the ball, one of two things happens. One a TD or two a pass interference call on the Giants resulting in a 1st down on the 1. End result Incomplete pass and Succop on to kick. 2) The penalty. It was crushing and blatantly wrong and it affected the game in the worst way. The one big mistake that I blame the Chiefs for on this one is that the D coaching staff didn't recognize that the Giants had found a hole quickly enough. They basically ran the same play immediately after the penalty and it resulted in 6. We hold them to a FG there and we're still in the game. (Or if Tynes is kicking maybe just down 4) 3) Cassel throws behind Bowe. In the drive immediately following the Giants penalty TD on 2nd down Cassel threw a skinny post to the right that was behind Bowe. If this pass is on target, it's a HUGE gain. I replayed this play over and over again, aghast at the potential it had. Bowe had his man beaten by a step and the LB was extremely late coming over and would not have made a tackle on Bowe. The safety for some unexplained reason (although I'm guessing it had to do with the TE) had crept up to within 10 yards of the line of scrimage and was cheating to the middle of the field. It was nothing but space for our big receiver... he's not fast enough to have likely scored in the 70 yard scamper, but it would have gone for at least 40 and had the crowd going crazy. 3 Little things that buried us in a hole too deep to climb out of. There were good plays and there were opportunities. We did compete. TD