He knew the catch was impressive, but didn’t want to brag. That was something the old Bowe might do. He instead chose his words carefully.
“Things like that just happen out of the blue,” Bowe said.
“When we play the Raiders I’ll make another one. My job is to catch the football no matter how hard it might look.”
Bowe then corrected a reporter who suggested it might have been the best catch of his NFL career, nothing it wasn’t even the league’s top play of the week.
“I think it’s actually number two on ESPN,” Bowe said.
Cattycorner to Bowe,
Cassel carried a different opinion about the catch.
“That was an outstanding play by (Bowe) and great concentration to be able to stick with that ball and come down with it,” Cassel said. “He’s made a number of those kinds of catches throughout his career, but it was very impressive to go back and watch it on film.”
When it’s all said and done, Bowe’s catch in Indianapolis will be at the top of this season’s highlight list. Some catches become instant classics and this was one of those.
“We still have 11 games left,” said Bowe. “That was just one of the many that I (hope) to have. I guess we’ll all just have to stay tuned and see if there are any more.”
The game as a whole was one of Bowe’s best as a Chief. He was targeted 11 times and came down with seven receptions for 128 yards (18.3 avg.) and two touchdowns. Coach Todd Haley said earlier this week that 70 of Bowe’s 128 receiving yards came after the catch.
His other touchdown, a 41-yard catch-and-run, was one of the Chiefs finer offensive plays of the season. Cassel hit Bowe in stride on a simple slant route that allowed Bowe to leave the Colts secondary in chase mode.
“It’s just confidence in knowing where the ball is going to be at and timing the routes,” Bowe said. “We’re now back up to timing. The first two weeks guys just wanted to catch the ball before making the move. Now we’re in a rhythm and Matt is putting the ball on the money.”
“Anytime Dwayne gets the ball in his hands and is running towards the end zone and scores, then that’s my favorite play,” Cassel said. “The more we can get the ball in his hands and he’s able to great things with it, the better.”
Together, Cassel and Bowe are inching towards becoming the most prolific quarterback/wide receiver tandem in Chiefs history.
The pair has now hooked up for 22 touchdown connections, which ranks as the sixth-highest of any quarterback/receiver tandem in team annals. Three more touchdowns will move the duo into second all-time behind Trent Green and Tony Gonzalez (34).
CHIEFS RECORD BOOK
MOST TD PASSES, QB/WR COMBINATIONS
1. 34 – TRENT GREEN & TONY GONZALEZ
2. 24 – BILL KENNEY & STEPHONE PAIGE
3. 23 – TRENT GREEN & EDDIE KENNISON
23 – ELVIS GRBAC & TONY GONZALEZ
23 – BILL KENNEY & CAROLOS CARSON
6. 22 – MATT CASSEL & DWAYNE BOWE
Bowe now has 35 career touchdown receptions, placing him fifth all-time in Chiefs history. He has quite a bit of work ahead of him before moving into the top three.
CHIEFS RECORD BOOK
MOST RECEIVING TOUCHDOWNS, CAREER
1. 76 – TONY GONZALEZ (1997-08)
2. 57 – OTIS TAYLOR (1965-75)
3. 55 – CHRIS BURFORD (1960-67)
4. 49 – STEPHONE PAIGE (1983-91)
5. 35 – DWAYNE BOWE (2007-11)