The move was more Romo than Rivers, but the result was similarly devastating. Just read Phillip Rivers’ lips — “worst day ever” — after he fumbled a snap on first down at the Kansas City 15-yard line with the score tied and left than a minute left to play.
The result of the San Diego Chargers quarterback’s error (watch here)? Linebacker Andy Studebaker recovered and the Chiefs went on to win 23-20 in overtime.
“I dropped it,” was Rivers’ other three-word description.
Chargers Coach Norv Turner was a little more loquacious. “Wild. I have never seen anything like it.”
The loss left a mess of Rivers’ mind and the AFC West, with the Chiefs, Chargers and Oakland Raiders all tied at 4-3. K.C. is in the midst of a remarkable turnaround: Only five teams have gone from 0-3 to 4-3 since 1970 (1970 Giants, 1986 Raiders, 1998 Bills, 2000 Steelers). The Raiders are hoping Carson Palmer gets up to speed quickly. The Chargers? There are whispers that Rivers is playing hurt — talk that Rivers and Turner denied after the Chargers’ Week 7 loss to the New York Jets. But on Monday, Rivers struggled in the first quarter, recovered and then, well, that happened late in the game.
“This one’s rough,” Rivers, who completed 26 of 41 passes for 369 yards, said (via Chargers.com).
“Any loss, you want throws back. There’s plays we could obviously play better, but when you know you’re a minute away from just leaking the clock and kicking a field goal to end it after the way we fought back, then you blow it on something that shouldn’t ever happen.
“The Chiefs won the division last year. They fought back from being 0-3 and now there’s a bunch of us locked up at 4-3. It’s going to be an all-season deal and we’ve got to find a way to bounce back in a hurry.”