I remember during that weekend, listening to the national media on television and radio while they made their Week 8 picks. When it came down to picking between the Chiefs and Chargers, the Chiefs were given the slight edge because of the fact that it was a home game that Monday night. Had it been a typical Sunday afternoon game, predictors admitted they would have picked the Chargers to win.
The Chiefs started off the season 0-3, only to turn around and enter the game with a 3-3 record. The winner of this game would take first place in the AFC West.
Tied at 20, Philip Rivers and the Chargers drove to Kansas City's 15-yard line with the ball lined up on the right hash mark. The Chargers were preparing to get their next play underway to put the Chiefs away.
With 1:04 left, Rivers called for the snap. However, in one of the most shocking events in Chiefs and Monday Night Football history, Rivers closed his hands before center Nick Hardwick completed the snap. Hardwick dropped the ball, assuming Rivers took it. The play turned into a fumble, with Andy Studebaker digging his way to the bottom of the pile, recovering the football for Kansas City, keeping Chargers kicker Nick Novak on the sidelines.
After each team scored 20 points and turned the ball over four times, the game was sent to overtime. San Diego had no success with the football as all of the momentum was on Kansas City's side. The Chargers were forced to punt, and the Chiefs just moved the ball forward.
Ryan Succop came and kicked a 30-yard field goal to win the game for the Chiefs in one of the most thrilling NFL games played in 2011.
It was the first time in NFL history a team started 0-3 and took first place in the division with a 4-3 record.