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Game Rewind: 2011 Week 3
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The Chargers didn’t trail the entire afternoon and withstood a furious comeback effort by Kansas City in defeating the Chiefs, 20-17, at Qualcomm Stadium. San Diego led 10-0 at the break after a dominating first two quarters in which they held the Chiefs to just 34 total yards and no first downs. The Chiefs rallied to get within three points late in the fourth quarter and had the ball with a chance to tie or take the lead, but Eric Weddle sealed the victory for the Chargers with an interception at the Bolts’ 49-yard line and just 55 seconds left, allowing the offense to take a couple of kneel-downs to close out the win.
Ryan Mathews tallied a career-high 149 yards of total offense...he had 98 yards rushing and two rushing touchdowns, his most in a game at Qualcomm Stadium.
Nick Novak made his first field goal as a Charger from 35 yards in the second quarter...it was his first field goal in an NFL regular-season game since Oct. 19, 2008 (with the Chiefs)...he later added a 41-yarder to go 2-for-2 on the day.
Eric Weddle’s fourth-quarter interception with 55 seconds left sealed the victory...it was the Chargers’ first of the season by a member of the team’s secondary.
Randy McMichael started for Antonio Gates (foot) and had two key third-down catches on the team’s first touchdown drive...he also ignited a third-quarter touchdown drive with a game-long 26-yard catch on the first play.
Patrick Crayton played his first game of season after recovering from ankle surgery and tied for a team high five catches, including a third-down catch on the opening touchdown drive and a 23-yard catch of a fourth quarter field goal drive that provided the final scoring margin in a 20-17 win.
Antwan Barnes set up a second-quarter field goal drive for a 10-0 lead with a sack and forced fumble on a third-down play to force a Kansas City punt...it was the team’s only sack.
Quentin Jammer (hamstring) and Jacques Cesaire (knee) both left the game injured and did not return...Marcus Gilchrist saw his first-career regular-season action at cornerback in place of Jammer.