[Topeka Capital-Journal] Bernard Pollard blocked his second punt of the season, though the play actually benefited the Chargers.
After the block, Kansas City’s Derrick Ross touched the ball but could not recover it. Since it was past the line of scrimmage when Ross touched it, the play was treated like any other punt.
“The ball was blocked behind the line of scrimmage, went beyond and was first touched by the receiving team,” referee Jeff Triplette said. “At that point, it’s a first down for someone because they have touched the football. So when Kansas City muffs it there, beyond the line, fallen on by San Diego … it’s San Diego’s ball, first-and-10.”
It created a huge shift in momentum.
“He tried to catch the ball and run with it,” Cheifs coach Herm Edwards said. “If he catches it, it’s a touchdown probably.”
Instead, San Diego recovered and regained possession at its own 15-yardline. On the next play, LaDainian Tomlinson ran 85 yards for a touchdown, putting San Diego up 14-3. It was the longest run of Tomlinson’s career.
Pollard, who has a knack for blocking punts, had never seen a blocked punt end that way.
“I’ve never, ever seen it before,” Pollard said. “It sucks, but we’ve got to go play the game.”