Andy Reid Roasted on Twitter after Chiefs Blow 14-point Lead Against Chargers

Kansas City Chiefs head coach Andy Reid came under fire after his team let slip a 14-point lead against the Los Angeles Chargers on home turf.

Throughout the season Reid has rightly been credited for being the architect of the free-flowing Chiefs offense that has set the NFL alight this year, but defeat on Thursday night saw his decision making scrutinized.

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Leading 28-14 with four minutes left, the Chiefs allowed two touchdowns as the Chargers closed the gap to one point with just eight seconds left. While most coaches would have settled for an extra point to tie the game, Chargers head coach Anthony Lynn rolled the dice and he was rewarded when Mike Williams caught the two-point conversion.

Reid was also criticized for calling a timeout with eight seconds left, which in the eyes of some pundits proved he struggles to control tight games and to close them down when it matters most.

Andy Reid special. This is why I don't trust him. https://t.co/YighMGGQP4

— Jason Whitlock (@WhitlockJason) December 14, 2018

This one's on Andy Reid. Let the Chargers score 2 TDs in the final 4 minutes. Who cares on the 2-point conversion, Andy Reid proved he can't be trusted in January.
Buyer beware.

— Jason McIntyre (@jasonrmcintyre) December 14, 2018

For those who might be new to Chiefs football ... the Chiefs being up big early and the opposite making the game close is a flaw of some of the Andy Reid teams. It’s been better with Mahomes this season. But that defense is a big reason why

— Geoff Schwartz (@geoffschwartz) December 14, 2018

The #Chiefs and Andy Reid are in playoff form.

— Trash Talk NFL (@TrashTalkNFL) December 14, 2018

Andy Reid, boys and girls.

28-14 lead with 5 minutes left and couldn't lock down the win.
At home.

Nobody's going to fear the Chiefs in the playoffs

— Jason McIntyre (@jasonrmcintyre) December 14, 2018

While the criticism was understandable given the Chiefs looked to have the game won with four minutes to play, Kansas City remains top of the AFC with an 11-3 record.

The Chargers are now tied with the Chiefs for the best record in the conference but to secure the top seed in the AFC they would need Kansas City to lose again, as the Chiefs currently hold the tiebreaker.

Furthermore, a look at Reid's record in Kansas City shows his team are actually quite capable of hanging on to a lead. According to ESPN Stats & Info, until Thursday night, the Chiefs were 39-0 when leading by 14 or more points in the final period of the game, the most wins without a loss of any team since 2013.

The Chiefs were 39-0 under Andy Reid with a 14+ point lead in the 4th quarter, the most wins without a loss of any team since 2013.

Meanwhile, the Chargers are now 2-1 on the road when trailing by at least 14 points this season (won at Steelers). The rest of the NFL is 3-78. pic.twitter.com/Yv8u0fe3jp

— ESPN Stats & Info (@ESPNStatsInfo) December 14, 2018

Incredibly, the Chargers are 2-1 on the road this season when trailing by 14 or more points—they completed a similarly spirited comeback in Pittsburgh in Week 13—while the rest of the NFL is 3-78.

At the same time, Thursday night's defeat bore a striking resemblance to some of the losses the Chiefs have endured in the playoffs in recent years.

Last season, Kansas City led the Tennessee Titans 21-3 at halftime at Arrowhead but ended up losing 22-21, while in 2013 they let a 38-10 third quarter lead against the Indianapolis Colts slip and lost 45-44.

Reid suggested losing to the Chargers could have a positive impact for his team, as long as the lesson was learned.

"As long as we learn from it, that's the important thing right now," he was quoted as saying by ESPN. "You don't take anything for granted at home or anywhere else. You have to bear down [...] The best thing we can do is learn from it and make ourselves a better football team."

The Chiefs' two remaining games of the regular season are a trip to Seattle on Monday night and a home game against the Raiders in Week 17.

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Andy Reid, head coach of the Kansas City Chiefs walks out of the tunnel prior to the game against the Los Angeles Chargers at Arrowhead Stadium on December 13 in Kansas City, Missouri. David Eulitt/Getty Images