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Recap: Chargers Fall to Chiefs 30-13

The Los Angeles Chargers lost to the Kansas City Chiefs 30-13 Saturday night at Arrowhead Stadium.

Running back Melvin Gordon had 169 total yards and a touchdown, but it wasn't enough to overcome turnovers on four straight second-half possessions. The Chiefs are now by themselves atop the AFC West after snapping the Chargers' four-game winning streak.

Kansas City held the ball for 10:28 in the first quarter, including a 15-play drive that ended with a 31-yard Harrison Butker field goal that gave the Chiefs a 3-0 lead.

Chiefs quarterback Alex Smith found speedy wide receiver Tyreek Hill for a 64-yard touchdown in the second quarter to increase Kansas City's lead to 10-0 after a Butker extra point. 

Los Angeles quickly responded with an impressive 10-play, 75-yard drive capped off by a two-yard touchdown by Gordon. Kicker Travis Coons missed the extra point, though, which gave the Chiefs a 10-6 lead at halftime.

The Chargers stayed hot on offense after forcing a three-and-out to start the second half. Set up by a 49-yard reception by Gordon, quarterback Philip Rivers found tight end Antonio Gates in the end zone for the 86th time in his career. The 10-yard score put the Chargers ahead 13-10 after Coons connected on the extra point.

Kansas City regained the lead when rookie running back Kareem Hunt caught a three-yard touchdown pass from quarterback Alex Smith. Down 17-13, Los Angeles turned the ball over on its next four possessions.

Rivers threw an interception to Chiefs cornerback Marcus Peters, who returned it 62 yards to the Chargers' six-yard line. The turnover lead to a 24-yard Butker field goal, which increased Kansas City's lead to 20-13. It was Rivers' first interception in his last 163 pass attempts.

Rookie running back Austin Ekeler fumbled on the next Bolts possession, and Rivers would throw two more interceptions. The Chiefs closed the game with 20 unanswered points -- 13 of them coming off of turnovers.

Defensive end Melvin Ingram notched his 10th sack of the season in the first quarter. Wide receiver Keenan Allen had 54 yards on five catches. Rivers finished the game 20-of-36 for 227 yards, one touchdown and three interceptions.

The Chargers playoff hopes are still alive, but they'll need to win and get some help over the final two weeks of the regular season.


The Chargers take on the New York Jets in Week 16 at Metlife Stadium. Kickoff is Sunday, Dec. 24 (Christmas Eve) at 10 a.m. Pacific on CBS.

The Chargers battle the Chiefs for a Saturday Night Football showdown.

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