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The San Diego Chargers fell to 2-8 on the season after falling to the Kansas City Chiefs 33-3. Kansas City struck first on their second possession of the game after Dontari Poe converted a 4th-and-goal from the one-yard line. A penalty on Travis Kelce on the point after backed it up to the 43-yard line where Cairo Santos missed, giving the Chiefs a 6-0 lead. It then became a first half full of field goals. Josh Lambo booted a 52-yarder to make it 6-3 then Santos added three to increase his team’s lead. With just 11 seconds left in the quarter, it appeared Alex Smith found Kelce in the end zone for a 12-yard score, however the play was reversed and deemed incomplete. Santos kicked a chip-shot 24-yard field goal and a 12-3 lead heading into the half. The Chargers ended the first half with less than 100 yards of offense to the Chiefs’ 254.
The Chargers and Chiefs traded punts through much of the third quarter until with just over three and a half minutes left, Rivers’ pass was tipped by Justin Houston who then caught the ball and ran it into the end zone for the 17-yard score and 19-3 Kansas City lead. Failing to get anything going on offense, the Chargers fell behind 23 points after a three-yard score by Spencer Ware. It was Ware again who scored his second touchdown of the day with 2:38 left in the game and ultimately, the Chiefs walked out of Qualcomm with a 33-3 victory.
"That was a bad day of Chargers football out there...Very poor."– Head Coach Mike McCoy
“If we could have put our finger on it, we would have by now. We have to keep grinding, get back to work and keep trying to get better. At this point, it’s the only thing we’ve got left; just working and getting better.” – LT King Dunlap
“You can’t (give up big plays). You can’t do it at all. If you could have held them a little longer and get off the field (just before halftime), we’d give our offense another chance because we were only (down one) score. After that, it just got out of hand. We just have to come back to work, ready to work.” – DT Corey Liuget
“You come into a quiet locker room. For me, it was embarrassing. We talked about the game, the disappointment and the outcome.” – ILB Denzel Perryman
“We started out running the ball and then just got behind so at that point, you’re just trying to do whatever you can.” – RB Melvin Gordon
“(The muffed punt) was completely unacceptable and extremely frustrating. I am not the guy who drops punts and I put a lot of pressure on myself to do well. So that is completely unacceptable and I need to step it up.” – WR Javontee Herndon
“Got to play harder. I think we just have to play harder in these situations. Lock in and focus more. I don’t know what it is that gives you greater focus, but we have to find a way. It starts day to day and looking at every play. If everyone goes hard then we should be alright.” – WR Stevie Johnson
Stat of the Game
Philip Rivers passed Dan Fouts for the most completions in Chargers history.
Odds and Ends
The Chiefs outgained the Chargers 385 to 201. Kansas City had a 232 to 149 advantage in the air and outgained the Bolts 153 to 52 on the ground.
Philip Rivers finished 19 of 30 for 178 yards, one interception and no touchdowns for a 65.7 passer rating.
Stevie Johnson led the team in catches (seven) and yards (54).
Melvin Gordon paced the Chargers with 37 yards on the ground.
Jason Verrett had a team-high seven tackles.
Patrick Robinson joined captains at midfield for the coin toss.
12:28 – On the first third down of the game, Alex Smith hit his tight end Travis Kelce for 12 yards to move the ball to midfield.
10:30 – One play after Jerry Attaochu led a number of Bolts to tackle Albert Wilson for a one-yard loss, Jeremy Maclin couldn’t shake Eric Weddle in coverage on third down as Dustin Colquitt punted to the Chargers.
8:09 – The Chargers were forced to punt back to Kansas City as Philip Rivers was forced out of bounds by Tyvon Branch after a one-yard gain on 3rd-and-5.
6:06 – Smith found Charcandrick West of the backfield, and the running back darted his way 47 yards to the 20-yard line.
5:06 – West picked up just enough on 3rd-and-1 to set the Chiefs up for 1st-and-goal from the 10.
2:13 – On 4th-and-goal and inches from the end zone, Kansas City rolled the dice and handed to nose tackle Dontari Poe in the game as a fullback. He leaped just across the goal line for the touchdown, but after a penalty, Cairo Santos missed the 43-yard extra point as the Chiefs took a 6-0 lead.
1:27 – With the Chargers running play-action on first down, Josh Mauga bore down on Rivers for a nine-yard sack.
0:48 – Following a nine-yard completion to Ladarius Green, Rivers found Dontrelle Inman on a deep out for 17 yards and a new set of downs.
14:34 – Melvin Gordon powered ahead for just enough yards on 3rd-and-1 to move the chains.
14:05 – Rivers hit Stevie Johnson into Kansas City territory for a gain of 13, and in the process, passed Dan Fouts for most completions in Chargers history.
12:15 – After Rivers’ scramble for the sticks came up short, Josh Lambo booted a 52-yard field goal that split the uprights to cut the lead in half, 6-3.
11:17 – Melvin Ingram forced a 3rd-and-5 with a vicious tackle on Kelce, but the Chiefs converted as Smith hit backup tight end Demetrius Harris for a 25-yard gain to the 50.
8:42 – On 3rd-and-8, Smith found Maclin two yards beyond the sticks for a 10-yard gain.
7:57 – Albert Wilson made a diving snare at the 11-yard line on the next play for a gain of 27.
5:58 – Following a strong stop by Manti Te’o on second down and a forced incompletion on third, Santos connected from 28-yards out to extend Kansas City’s lead to 9-3.
5:18 – Rivers hit Johnson for 13 yards to jumpstart the next drive with the initial first down.
4:48 – Gordon hauled in a short pass and bounced off what looked like a surefire tackle for a 12 yard gain to move the chains.
2:30 – On 3rd-and-11, Tyrell Williams couldn’t corral a deep bomb as the Bolts were forced to punt.
TURNING POINT 1:26 – Smith wiggled free from what looked like a sack on 3rd-and-4, and scrambled for 10 yards to keep the drive alive.
1:21 – Kelce caught the ball on the move for a 16 yard gain to his own 44.
0:56 – The Chiefs entered San Diego territory when Smith hit Albert Wilson down the right sideline for 23 yards.
0:22 – A 17-yard catch-and-run by Chris Conley set the Chiefs up at the Bolts’ 12-yard line.
0:11 – Kelce looked like he scored a 12-yard TD, but Manti Te’o dislodged it upon further review. However, Te’o was called for a personal foul, which put the ball on the six-yard line.
0:06 – The Chiefs had to settle for only three as Santos connected from 24 yards for a 12-3 lead.
13:36 – Tamba Hali sacked Rivers to set up 3rd-and-18, and a quick strike to Javontee Herndon came up short as San Diego went three-and-out to start the second half.
13:10 – Smith hit Jason Avant on a quick toss, and the wide receiver burst 28 yards to midfield.
11:23 – On 3rd-and-3, Jason Verrett read the play and tackled West after a one-yard gain to force a punt.
10:16 – Rivers hit Herndon wide open in the flat for 10 yards on 3rd-and-2.
9:03 – Hali recorded his second sack of the quarter with a 13-yard takedown of Rivers on first down.
8:11 – Herndon couldn’t corral a deep ball on 3rd-and-23 as Mike Scifres punted back to the Chiefs.
5:08 – On 3rd-and-4 from the San Diego 47, Corey Liuget sacked Smith for a six-yard loss to bring up a Colquitt punt.
3:35 – Justin Houston intercepted Rivers’ attempted screen pass to Danny Woodhead and returned it 17 yards for the pick-six as KC took a 19-3 lead.
1:00 – On 3rd-and-8, Inman looked like he hauled in a pass from a running Rivers for a first down, but it bounced off his hands to the turf as San Diego had to punt.
PLAY OF THE GAME 15:00 – Denzel Perryman came bursting through the line to sack Smith for a loss of 14 to bring up 3rd-and-21.
13:57 – Herndon muffed the punt and the Chiefs recovered. Three plays later, the Chiefs couldn’t do anything with their prime starting field position and punted.
11:30 – On third down from their own one-yard line, Rivers hit Inman for a 27-yard catch-and-run.
9:50 – Ware rushed up the right side for a 52-yard gain deep into San Diego territory.
IT WAS OVER WHEN 6:11 – After the Chiefs accepted a defensive holding penalty, Ware busted through and into the end zone for the three-yard score and 26-3 lead.
4:19 – The Chargers went for it on 4th-and-1 from their own 19, but failed to convert and turned the ball over on downs.
2:38 – Two plays after a gain of 20-yards, Ware rushed up the left side of the field for the three-yard score and ultimately, he and the Chiefs walked out of Qualcomm with a 33-3 victory.
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