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Chiefs' Comeback Put on Hold


The Kansas City Chiefs went from beneficiaries of a questionable pass interference infraction to losers of their eighth game when the officials didn't make that same call one play later.

In a tight game against San Diego, Kansas City was trailing 20-13 and had driven to the Chargers 18 with 41 seconds left. On second down, quarterback Tyler Thigpen threw to tight end Tony Gonzalez. The pass was incomplete, but officials called pass interference against safety Clinton Hart, putting the ball at the 1-yard line.

Replays showed Hart appeared to hit Gonzalez right as the ball arrived and that he may have had his left hand around the tight end's waist. Still the call was not indisputable.

The Chiefs took advantage and scored on a Thigpen touchdown pass to Gonzalez three plays later. Kansas City Coach Herman Edwards then elected to go for the two-point conversion.

Thigpen rolled right and under heavy pressure threw in the vicinity of Gonzalez, but Hart tipped the pass, and cornerback Quentin Jammer intercepted. There certainly was contact on the play.

"It was ridiculous," Gonzalez said, Hart "held me."

Officials didn't see it that way, and neither did Hart.

"If [Gonzalez] pushes me off, they're not going to call it," Hart said. "I said to myself, 'I'm not going to let him push me off because if I'm holding my ground, I've got a right to my spot.' That's what I did. I held my ground."

By Gene Wang  |  November 10, 2008; 12:31 PM ET  | Category:  NFL Save & Share:  Send E-mail   Facebook   Twitter   Digg   Yahoo Buzz   Del.icio.us   StumbleUpon   Technorati  
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