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Chiefs' Quintin Demps takes the blame for Chargers game-winning TD

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Who was at fault for allowing Chargers QB Philip Rivers to throw a 26-yard touchdown in the final seconds of Sunday's game? Safety Quintin Demps takes the blame.

There were two notable gaffes near the end of the Kansas City Chiefs 41-38 loss to the San Diego Chargers.

The first one was the timeout Andy Reid called with 1:28 left on the clock and the Chiefs at the 5-yard line. We'll talk about that one a little later.

The second gaffe came when Philip Rivers hit WR Seyi Ajirotutu for a 26-yard touchdown with 24 seconds remaining. Sean Smith and Quintin Demps were in coverage with Ajirotutu just a step in front of a reaching Smith.

Demps wrote on Twitter after the game that he is taking responsibility for that play.

("T Howard" could be Thomas Howard, the former Raiders LB who passed away last week.)

Apologies for the blurry photo, but here's the play:


Andy Reid said the Chiefs had a safety (Demps) over the top on the play and a cornerback (Smith) underneath, attributing the play to a perfect pass from Rivers. Demps, obviously, doesn't feel that's the case. As you can tell, he's a step behind the receiver.

Kudos to Demps for taking the blame publicly but the end result is still the same. The Chiefs lost.

Update: Rodney Harrison's take...

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