The Chargers outgained the Chiefs by 200 yards Sunday, forced three turnovers on defense and scored on special teams as they delivered a 37-7 victory in the rain at Arrowhead Stadium Sunday, their largest margin of victory ever in Kansas City.
“I liked the way our guys came out and played,” Head Coach Norv Turner said. “We’ve been getting better all along and it was nice to have it show up in the football game.”
The Chargers thrived Sunday in nearly every area where they haven’t had the success they’d like early in the season. They rushed for 135 yards on offense, sacked Matt Cassel four times, didn’t give up a sack on offense, intercepted three passes and held the Chiefs to just 3-of-15 on third down while converting 47 percent of their own third downs.
“Both offensively and defensively, everyone at every position made plays,” said linebacker
The Chargers started their next drive in Kansas City territory when their defense stuffed Matt Cassel on a 4th-and-1 play at the Chiefs’ 41-yard line. Eight plays later, Rivers connected with
“We executed well early and didn’t have any negative plays,” center
A 51-yard catch by Jackson set up a 20-yard
“Vincent is right up there with anybody in the league in going to attack the football down the field,” Rivers said. “He did a great job making plays on those two down the field.”
In the final minute of the second quarter, Kaeding kicked a 39-yard field goal that gave the Chargers a 20-0 halftime lead. It was a half dominated by the Bolts, one that saw them outgain the Chiefs 311-68.
Kansas City got on the board on their opening drive of the third quarter when Cassel hit Dwayne Bowe for a 7-yard touchdown pass to cap a 65-yard drive. But on a day in which San Diego’s defense had it’s best performance of the season, the Chiefs didn’t score again. Kansas City gained just 203 yards and had only three passing plays that gained more than 10 yards while Cassel finished just 10-of-25 for 97 yards.
“We did what we were supposed to do,” safety
The Chargers had five plays of 35 yards or more Sunday, and midway through the third quarter, they got a big one from
The Chargers intercepted Cassel twice in the third quarter, one by linebacker
San Diego’s special teams units also provided a score Sunday. Midway through the fourth quarter,
Rivers was an impressive 18-of-30 for 268 yards, three touchdowns and no interceptions Sunday. He was aided by a season-best 71-yard performance by Tomlinson. Defensively, Dobbins started in place of the injured
Following the win which allowed his team to even their record at 3-3, Turner spoke of his pleasure in how his team prepared and performed. They traveled just four days after suffering a tough home loss to Denver and had several players battling the flu throughout the week. Despite the possible distractions, they delivered their best performance of the season.
“It was an extremely short week,” Turner said. “Coming off a tough loss with a lot of exterior talking about it, I thought they did a good job of blocking it out. We did a lot of good things."