The Chiefs trailed the Steelers 13-9 in the final minute Sunday night, but Tyler Palko was driving Kansas City down the field for the game-winning score. On the decisive play, Palko dropped back to pass, saw his top receiver, Dwayne Bowe, raise one arm mid-route as if to say he wanted the ball. Palko threw it in the middle of five defenders, and the pass was picked off. But as you can see on the replay, perhaps the pass isn’t picked off if Bowe actually puts his arms up to make an attempt to catch the ball.
Clearly terrified of being leveled by a Pittsburgh defender – Polamalu was already out with an injury, but Ryan Clark was in the vicinity – Bowe kept both arms down to protect himself. He made no effort to catch the pass.
Who calls for the ball, then shrinks when the pass is in the air? You can understand why Palko was pissed.