The Kansas City Chiefs lost in dramatic fashion against the Denver Broncos last night.
With less than a minute left in the game, with the scores tied at 24 apiece, Jamaal Charles took a handoff and proceeded to lose the football in a tackle. It was picked up by Broncos corner Bradley Roby, who took the pigskin all the way back to win the game.
Charles Takes The Blame
What Andy Reid was thinking, running the ball so close to overtime, is anyone's guess, but Charles has come out and taken the blame for the loss.
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Speaking after the game, Charles put the loss on himself for not taking good enough care of the football in such a critical situation.
“I just don’t feel good right now,” Charles said, via the Kansas City Star. “It’s one of the hardest feelings right now that I’ve felt in a long time.”
“I think I was just trying to make a play,” Charles said. Got uncareful with the ball and one of the defenders punched it out."
"I caused the loss today. I tried to put the team on my back and I ended up losing the game. That was all on me tonight.”
Charles didn’t have to be in that position in the first place. The Chiefs could have just taken a knee to run out the remaining seconds and head into overtime. Instead, Andy Reid called for the run to Charles that resulted in disaster.
Charles may be taking blame for the loss, but he’s not the only one at fault as Kansas City moved to 1-1. The Chiefs turned the ball over five times in the game and were outscored 31-10 after leading 14-0 with six minutes left in the first half.