"He came to work every day and pounded through," coach Andy Reid said. "I'm sure it wasn't easy for him. I don't think any part of this has been easy for him. It's a tough sport. But he's handled it like a champ.
"When he came back, guys accepted him with open arms," cornerback Darrelle Revis said. "There were no issues or anything. We just went on to really focus on the Chargers because we knew how important this game was for us as a team and we kind of left that behind."
"The look in his eye every day is one that he's ready to go practice and play. He brings it, and you knew everything would get worked out with his attitude and the way he keeps it."
Tyreek has 11 touchdowns of 50-plus yards in his short career so we have seen it often. Because the peace sign on the field of play is such an amazing gesture, we had to make a t-shirt.
Gates wasn’t involved much, but that touchdown had to be a great feeling for Chargers fans. The future Hall of Famer had a big touchdown catch to put Los Angeles up 13-10. That TD catch was the 86th connection for Rivers and Gates, which is second all-time for quarterback-receiver duos.
The outcome broke a tie with Los Angeles and improved the Chiefs’ record to 8-6. It’s not where the team thought it would be after a 5-0 start. The Chiefs dropped six of seven and put themselves in a precarious position. But they now have a 95 percent chance of winning the division according to FiveThirtyEight.com.
“During that stretch it felt like it was one thing off,” Chiefs tight end Travis Kelce said. “Since then we’ve just manned up.”
What sets Kansas City apart from many other teams is the fact that, on the surface, they appear to be tailor-made to both have more big plays than opponents AND win the turnover battle. And that starts with the playmakers they have at the top of their roster.
Houston had five total pressures on 28 snaps rushing the passer, along with a couple other times he clearly had beaten the offensive tackle but was unable to generate actual pressure due to QB Philip Rivers getting the ball out quick enough. He also directly forced one of Rivers’ three interceptions by hitting him as he threw, causing the ball to fall short of the corner route Rivers was targeting.
“Not at all,” Reid said. “You see (Denver’s) Von Miller have that off-season program where he gets all those pass rushers together.
The Chiefs, meanwhile, look reborn. Kansas City, with a one-game lead and the head-to-head tiebreaker over the Chargers, now has the inside track for the AFC West, and with games against the Dolphins and Broncos left, they look safe to win the division. With Nagy at the offensive helm, the Chiefs could enter the playoffs more like the world-beater they began the season as instead of the sputtering mess they’ve been for the last two months. Heed Andy Reid’s lesson—never be afraid to ask for help.
Was Marcus Peters' bounce-back performance a surprise? Is there any way these guys can keep it up? Is Tyreek Hill elite? What’s this team’s biggest weakness right now? They discuss all that, and answer reader questions live from Arrowhead Stadium.
I’m not going to nitpick these guys, man. They showed up in the biggest game of the season and took care of business. The running game was rolling, Alex Smith looked sharp, the pass rush was nasty, the secondary was forcing turnovers and even the run defense was solid. The special teams were uncharacteristically average, but given special-teams coach Dave Toub’s pedigree, I wouldn’t worry about that at all.