KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) -- Lawrence Tynes already knew he'd have to
try again, from 5 yards farther back.
He figured a little practice for the longest field goal attempt
of his career wouldn't hurt.
Tynes was right.
The Kansas City kicker had a 48-yard field goal wiped out by an
illegal procedure penalty, then came right back to connect on a
53-yarder with 6 seconds left to give the Chiefs a 30-27 victory
over the San Diego Chargers on Sunday.
"I knew the whistle had blown, but I said, 'Let me go ahead and
take a stab at it and see how the wind's blowing," Tynes said of
his initial attempt. "I knew I was going to make the second one."
Tynes' second clutch game-winner in three weeks thwarted a
comeback attempt led by another LT.
LaDainian Tomlinson figured in two fourth-quarter TD throws, one
as the receiver and one as the passer, as the Chargers (4-2) came
back from an early 17-point deficit to tie the game at 27-all.
Tynes atoned for missing a first-quarter field goal try and
hitting the upright on an extra point attempt in the second
"I didn't say anything to him. You leave kickers alone,"
Chiefs coach Herm Edwards said. "But I trusted that at the end,
when it was time to kick a field goal he was going to make it. He
not only made one, he made two."
The Chiefs (3-3) began the winning drive at their own 18 with 33
Damon Huard, making his fifth start in relief of the injured
Trent Green, made up for a critical turnover by completing three
passes for 52 yards. Tony Gonzalez had two catches for 37 yards on
the drive, capping a six-catch, 138-yard day for the Pro Bowl tight
"I'm not the kind of guy who comes to the media saying, 'I'm
not getting the ball.' But yeah, it's been frustrating," said
Gonzalez, who came into Sunday's game with 21 catches for 187
yards. "But at the same time, they're going to start coming to me
because they've got to. I've proved in the past that I can do it."
Kansas City forced turnovers on three of San Diego's first four
possessions, converting two of them into touchdown passes by Huard,
and led 20-3 by the 11-minute mark of the second quarter.
Two plays failed to get the ball in, but on third down Tomlinson
took a handoff, pulled up short and threw to Brandon Manumaleuna
for the score with 5:10 to go. It was the ninth TD pass of
Larry Johnson, held to 26 yards rushing in last week's 45-7 loss
at Pittsburgh -- Kansas City's worst defeat in a non-strike year
since 1984 -- ran for 132 yards and two touchdowns against the
"Don't for one minute think that because he's struggled for a
couple of weeks that he isn't capable," Chargers coach Marty
Schottenheimer said. "As I said at the time, 'Our hope is that he
doesn't all of a sudden have a breakout game against us' -- and
that's exactly what happened. He did have a breakout game against
Johnson's 11-yard TD carry put the Chiefs up 20-3, and he went
in from a yard out late in the third for a 27-13 lead.
Philip Rivers' 1-yard scoring pass to Antonio Gates earlier in
the third got San Diego within 20-13. And early in the fourth
quarter, on fourth and 3 from the Kansas City 37, Tomlinson cut
across the middle, caught Rivers' pass in space and raced down the
right sideline to cut the Chiefs' lead to 27-20.
Tomlinson, held to 16 yards rushing and 16 yards receiving in
the first half, finished with 66 yards rushing and 72 yards
receiving. He also completed two passes for 19 yards
Tynes missed wide right from 42 yards after Jared Allen
recovered Tomlinson's fumble at the San Diego 37 on the Chargers'
But on San Diego's third possession, Sammy Knight's interception
led to Huard's 11-yard TD pass to Wilson -- a backup tight end
pressed into service as Kansas City's starting fullback -- for a 7-0
"The first-half turnovers killed us," Rivers said. "The first
one, I missed the pass. On the second one, I was squeezing it, but
he popped the ball out of my hand."
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