In the cold and rainy weather that poured down upon Arrowhead Stadium during the Chiefs’ 10-3 win over the Chargers on Sunday, quarterback Alex Smith wore a glove on his throwing hand to get a better handle on the football.
Smith, who has noted in the past that he does not particularly enjoy playing in bad weather, completed 15 of 23 passes for 191 yards, a touchdown and an interception while wearing gloves for the first time in his career.
“It was coming down pretty good pregame and in that first half, I just felt better with it,” Smith said of the glove. “I knew we had some of that ball handling stuff in the shotgun and I just felt good with it. I’d fooled around with them, I’d never practiced with them, I’d never played in a game with them. I tried them out in pregame and felt OK with it. I felt like I could get a decent grip on the ball so I just went with it.”
Smith also threw his first interception in 2 1/2 months on Sunday, but he doesn’t think the glove played a role in the pick.
“No, it might have been worse if I didn’t have them on,” Smith said. “I felt good about it, it was coming down good in that first half. I felt good with the gloves. Nothing is going to be perfect in those kind of conditions, like I said, we’re trying to take a shot and (Jason Verrett) made a nice play.”