Okay, first things first. That. Was. An. Awesome. Game.
I would've loved another 28-0 laugher, but for pure excitement and adrenaline, I'm not sure I've ever watched a better football game. That said, I do think there were a number of questionable calls (and missed calls) by the refs last night. None of them, though, seemed weirder to me than the Matt Cassel incompletion that was changed to a fumble upon review. Here's my take on it.
Laboy comes in from Cassel's right, and he hits Cassel's throwing arm and pulls it backward. The ball then flies 5-10 yards forward before it hits the ground and bounces into a Chargers defender's hands. So if Laboy pulls Cassel's arm backwards, then it's impossible for Laboy to have applied any forward force to the ball. And since the ball went forward, and since Cassel was standing still and not running forward at the time, that means the ball must have already been going forward before Laboy hit Cassel's arm. So doesn't that mean it has to be an incomplete pass?
More generally, assuming I'm not misunderstanding the rule here (which may be a bad assumption), if the ball pops forward on a play like this where the QB is stationary, it seems the only way the refs should be able to rule it a fumble is if it's clear the defender knocked the ball forward, right?
On a sidenote, though, I'll admit we kind of got a makeup call a few plays later on that phantom offensive pass interference call on Gates's TD catch. And besides, I'm not going to complain too much about anything on a day I can look at the standings and see OUR FIRST PLACE CHIEFS!