The Los Angeles Chargers lost to the Kansas City Chiefs 24-10 Sunday at StubHub Center, falling to 0-3 on the season.
Quarterback Philip Rivers threw three first-half interceptions, which led to 17 of Kansas City's 24 points. Chiefs rookie running back Kareem Hunt finished the game with 172 rushing yards on 17 carries (10.1 yards per carry) and a touchdown.
Rivers was intercepted on the game's first possession by Chiefs cornerback Terrance Mitchell at the Chargers' 43-yard line. Four plays later, Chiefs quarterback Alex Smith connected with speedy wide receiver Tyreek Hill on a 30-yard touchdown strike to make it 7-0 after a Cairo Santos extra point.
Los Angeles' second possession looked much like the first. Rivers threw his second interception in as many drives, this time to Pro Bowl cornerback Marcus Peters. Four plays later, Smith tossed a six-yard shovel pass to wide receiver Albert Wilson for a touchdown to make it 14-0 after another Santos extra point.
Down two scores, the Chargers responded with a nine-play, 89-yard drive capped off by an 11-yard touchdown run by running back Melvin Gordon. Los Angeles trailed 14-7 after the first quarter. Gordon rushed for 78 yards on 15 carries (5.2 yards per carry) in the first half.
Rivers threw his third interception early in the second quarter to Mitchell -- his second of the game. The Chiefs converted on a 34-yard Santos field goal to increase their lead to 17-7. A 29-yard field goal by Younghoe Koo cut the Chiefs' lead to 17-10 at the half.
After a scoreless third quarter, Kansas City iced the game in the fourth quarter with a 69-yard touchdown rush by Hunt.
Defensive end Melvin Ingram led the Chargers with three sacks. Wide receiver Travis Benjamin caught five passes for 105 yards. Rivers finished the game 20-of-39 for 237 yards.
Sunday's win gave the Chiefs their 12th straight in the AFC West, and seventh straight over the Chargers.
CHARGERS TEAM UNITY
In a moment of solidarity before the game, Chargers Owner and Chairman of the Board Dean Spanos locked arms with the players during the singing of the National Anthem. Read the entire statement on Chargers team unity.
The Chargers (0-3) wrap up their three-game homestand this Sunday, Oct. 1st against the Philadelphia Eagles (2-1). Kickoff is at 1:05 p.m. Pacific Time on Fox.
The Chargers face division rival, the Kansas City Chiefs, for a week 3 home game matchup.