The Los Angeles Chargers dropped their season opener to the Kansas City Chiefs 38-28 Sunday from ROKiT Field at StubHub Center.
Running backs Melvin Gordon and Austin Ekeler combined for 292 total yards and a touchdown, but it wasn't enough to make up for the explosiveness of wide receiver Tyreek Hill and the rest of the Chiefs' high-powered offense. Kansas City has now won its last nine games over the Chargers.
After a three-and-out by the Chargers offense to begin the game, Hill returned a punt 91 yards for a touchdown to make the score 7-0 after a Harrison Butker extra point.
Los Angeles responded with an eight-play, 48-yard drive that ended with Caleb Sturgis converting a 45-yard field goal – his first with the Chargers. Kansas City led 7-3, but Hill wasn't done adding to the visitors' lead.
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On the fifth play of the Chiefs' next possession, quarterback Patrick Mahomes found Hill over the middle for a 58-yard touchdown – 46 of those yards came after the catch. Hill touched the ball three times in the first quarter, scored two touchdowns and gained 179 all-purpose yards. Kansas City led 14-6 after the first quarter.
The Chargers found their rhythm on offense early in the second quarter. Gordon and Ekeler combined for 75 total yards on a 12-play, 96-yard drive that was capped off by a 13-yard Ekeler touchdown reception from Philip Rivers. A failed two-point conversion cut Kansas City's lead to 14-12.
The Chiefs added a 46-yard Butker field goal to extend their advantage to 17-12 at halftime.
Kansas City opened the second half with an 11-play, 75-yard touchdown drive. A one-yard reception from Mahomes to wide receiver De'Anthony Thomas made the score 24-12 after another Butker extra point. Mahomes would later hit fullback Anthony Sherman for a 36-yard touchdown, giving the Chiefs a 31-12 advantage after three quarters.
Rivers found wide receiver Keenan Allen for a 20-yard touchdown reception to open the fourth quarter, cutting Kansas City's lead to 31-20 after Antonio Gates caught the two-point conversion.
The Chargers defense forced a quick three-and-out, but wide receiver JJ Jones fumbled on the punt return and the Chiefs recovered at Los Angeles' two-yard line. Three plays later, Hill scored his third touchdown of the day.
Rivers finished the game 34-of-51 for 424 yards, three touchdowns and an interception. Allen caught eight balls for 108 yards and a touchdown. Gordon finished with 166 total yards and added a two-point conversion. Ekeler had 126 total yards and a receiving touchdown.
Rookie safety Derwin James had three tackles, two passes defensed and a sack in his regular season debut.
UP NEXT: The Chargers will travel to take on the Buffalo Bills in Week 2. Kickoff from New Era Field is on Sunday, Sept. 16 at 10 a.m. Pacific on CBS.