The Kansas City Chiefs all but had another victory in the bag at home on Sunday against longtime division rivals the San Diego Chargers when San Diego quarterback Philip Rivers got a pass off to wide receiver Seyi Ajirotutu with 24 seconds left on the clock to give the Chargers a 41-38 win.
Good for the Chargers, who ended a three-game losing streak, but obviously bad for the Chiefs, who added a second loss in a row to their record, moving it to 9-2. This slides the Chiefs back to second place to the Denver Broncos in the AFC West division.
To add to the Chiefs’ woes, they continue to fuel the fire of detractors and critics who claim that the opening 9-0 segment of their season was all a fluke since they played a bunch of pushover teams up until they lost to Peyton Manning and the Broncos 27-17 on the road in Week 11.
Kansas City has also added critical injuries to their NFL injury report, with linebackers Tamba Hali and Justin Houston possibly out, at least for the short term, with a mid-ankle sprain and an elbow injury, respectively. The two key defensive players may still be able to play in the Chiefs’ next game against the Broncos Sunday (Hali more likely than Houston), but either way this could weaken the team at a critical moment when they’re again up against their most challenging opponent this season to date.
Are the wheels starting to come off for the Chiefs?
They have a couple of heartbreaking losses in a row to bounce back from in their game against Denver on Sunday, but all is not lost, especially in regard to playoff and Super Bowl aspirations.
Fortunately for the Chiefs’ division standings, Denver also took a loss Sunday, 34-31 to the New England Patriots, moving the Broncos to 9-2 for the season.
I’ll say it again: The Chiefs have another chance to redeem themselves Sunday, and everyone will be watching.