A Tale of Two Losses: Striking Similarities

1st Set of Possessions of 4th Quarter:

Chiefs Vs Chargers

The Chiefs went 3 and Out and had to punt.  The Chargers then moved the ball 32 yards in 6 plays, but turned the ball over on downs.

Ravens Vs Steelers

The Ravens went 3 and Out and had to punt.  The Steelers then went 54 yards in 9 plays and 3:52 and scored a FG.  Not enough to  catch up.

2nd Set of Possessions

Chiefs vs Chargers

The Chiefs used up 4:21 in 5 plays that netted 14 yards but had to punt.  The Chargers then went 89 yards in 15 plays and 3:36 and scored a TD.  Not enough to catch up.The Chargers kicked an onside kick, but the Chiefs fumbled it, and the Chargers then went 61 yards in 4 plays and 0:37 to score a TD and go ahead.

The Ravens used up 5:50 in 9 plays that netted 34 yards, but still had to punt.  The Steelers then went 92 yards in 12 plays and 2:53 to score a TD and go ahead.

3rd Set of Possessions

The Chargers left 36 seconds on the clock, up by 1.  The Chiefs needed a FG to win.  Tyler Thigpen advanced the ball 22 yards in 4 plays and 34 seconds to set up a 50-yard FG.  The FG missed, and the Chiefs lost.

The Steelers left 43 seconds on the clock, up by 3.  The Ravens needed a FG to tie, or a TD to win.  Joe Flacco advanced the ball 15 yards in 4 plays and 35 seconds until he threw an INT, and the Ravens lost.

Summary

The Chiefs defense, despite being #32 in the league in pass defense and facing the NFL’s #1 rated passer, held the Chargers to a low score until the last two possessions of the 4th quarter.  At that time, they allowed Rivers 13 of 17 passing, 2 TDs and 3 scrambles for positive yardage, giving up 150 yards on the 2 scoring drives.  Rivers was aided by a successful onside kick try, a fumble by a Chargers receiver that bounced out of bounds, and a controversial TD reception that was futilely challenged because no camera covered the angle that could have clearly demonstrated the ball was trapped.

The Ravens, despite being#2 in the league in pass defense and facing the NFL’s #21 rated passer, held the Steelers to a low score until the last two possesions of the 4th quarter.  At that time, they allowed Roethlisberger 10 of 16 passing, a TD and a FG, and 3 rushes by Steeler RBs for positive yardage, giving up 146 yards on the two scoring drives.  Rothlisberger was aided by Flacco’s INT, a Timeout by the Ravens with less than 5 minutes to go in the game, and a controversial reception that was correctly called a TD after a review.

The similarities are striking, aren’t they?

Just looking at these two specific games, who is the better QB?  Thigpen or Flacco?  Just looking at these two specific games, who is the better coach?  Edwards or Harbaugh?

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