Kansas City, Mo. — A disappointed Tony Gonzalez wants to know why Kansas City coaches refused to throw a pass his way in the final minutes Sunday, leaving him three yards short of the career tight end receiving record.
Gonzalez did have a 10-yard touchdown catch in a 33-19 victory over Denver that snapped the Chiefs' 12-game losing streak. But he wanted to set the receiving record in front of family and fans at Arrowhead Stadium.
"I had my family out there. I wanted to do it in front of the fans, in a home game," Gonzalez said. "It would have been a great way to do it. I'm disappointed by that, for whatever reason my number wasn't called at times."
Coach Herm Edwards said the Chiefs did not want to take a chance by throwing the ball with only a short time left in what turned into a 33-19 victory.
Now Gonzalez will probably get the record this week at Carolina, far from the fans who chanted "Ton-Y, Ton-Y" when he lay on the ground, the wind knocked out of him, after making the TD catch.
"It was really endearing, the way the fans were supporting me like that," he said. "My wife almost started crying. It was a goose-bump situation."