“The turnovers came by us forcing them to make mistakes,” said
With three fumbles and three interceptions, the six takeaways were the most by a team in a single game in the NFL this season. Incredibly, the Chargers forced five of those turnovers in the first half alone, and it was the first time the team had that many in a single half since September 7, 1997.
“(The coaches) kept telling us to go out there and try to get the ball loose and turn the ball over,” said
Liuget had arguably the most important forced fumble of the afternoon, stripping Jamaal Charles deep in Kansas City territory to set the Bolts up at the five-yard line. Two plays later,
“I just came off the ball and he appeared outside,” said the second-year defensive end. “He wanted to get the ball to the edge, and I just stayed outside. I wrapped him up, and went after the ball and pulled it out. It feels great to be able to cause a turnover in the back field against a nice running back. He’s one of the elite running backs in the NFL, so it felt great to be able to do that.”
Not only was the defense successful at creating turnovers, it also was able to get one into the end zone as well as
“The ball got tipped and it was right in front of me,” said Butler. “Hats off to the guys up front to get pressure on the quarterback. He threw it and I was in a good place to make a play. I’m telling myself to run ahead as fast as I can and score and get seven for the team. You see the end zone, and
Most importantly, the offense was able to capitalize, scoring 24 points off those takeaways. It was the team’s most points scored off turnovers since November 29, 2009, also against the Chiefs.
“It helps when you get a short field like that,” said Le’Ron McClain. “We fed off our defense. It was a great team win for us. When you see your defense out there doing what they did, it makes you want to reward that effort.”