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CHIEFS FALL 31-0 TO CHARGERS

Posted Dec 12, 2010

(SAN DIEGO, CA) The Chiefs suffered a 31-0 setback at Qualcomm Stadium to move the club to 8-5 on the season. San Diego racked up 426 yards of total offense and converted 11 of 15 (73.3%) third-down attempts, while the Chiefs registered 67 yards of total offense and were unable to convert any of their 11 third-down tries. The Chiefs defense did force a pair of takeaways as S Eric Berry registered an INT and LB Tamba Hali produced a sack and strip, but Kansas City was unable to convert either of those opportunities into points.

 

Kansas City won the toss and elected to receive. QB Brodie Croyle made his first start since Opening Day of the 2009 campaign, replacing QB Matt Cassel, who underwent an appendectomy early in the week. The Chiefs came out and attempted to establish the running game early but were forced to punt on their first possession.

The Chargers took over at their own 33-yard line. On third and one QB Philip Rivers handed off to WR Vincent Jackson on an end around for 14 yards into Chiefs territory. A four-yard scramble on third and two gave the Chargers a fresh set of downs at KC’s 32. Rivers connected with Jackson for 10 yards on third down, moving the chains once again. The very next play Rivers found WR Malcom Floyd on a fade in the back corner of the end zone for a 17-yard TD pass to give the Chargers a 7-0 lead with 5:39 remaining in the opening quarter.

Both teams went punt for punt before the Chargers constructed another scoring march. Faced with third and nine from their own 44, Rivers hit Jackson for 19 yards to the KC 37. Two plays later Rivers found Floyd for 18 yards to the Chiefs eight. The next play RB Mike Tolbert took a handoff around the left side into the end zone advancing the Chargers lead to 14-0 with 6:52 to play in the first half.

After a Kansas City punt the Chargers put the ball in the hands of Tolbert who picked up 24 yards on two carries. San Diego drove into Chiefs territory and an 18-yard gain from RB Darren Sproles moved the Chargers to the KC nine. On the next play Rivers hit Floyd in the corner of the end zone for a nine-yard TD. The catch went under review and the call on the field was upheld capping an eight-play, 72-yard drive that put the Chargers in front by a 21-0 margin. KC got the ball back, but Croyle was sacked on the final play of the half.

The Chargers received the second-half kickoff and converted two third and longs to push into KC territory. Rivers completed three consecutive passes before Berry intercepted the ball near the sideline at the KC 16. The Chargers challenged the call on the field, but the ruling was upheld and KC took over. The Chiefs were unable to capitalize on the turnover and were held to three and out.

Kansas City’s defense again came up big when LB Tamba Hali sacked Rivers, forcing a fumble recovered by DE Wallace Gilberry at the Chargers 37. After a penalty negated a third-down conversion the Chiefs were faced with a third and 16. Croyle’s pass intended WR Dwayne Bowe fell incomplete and Kansas City was again forced to punt.

The score remained 21-0 in favor of San Diego entering the fourth quarter. On the Chargers first possession in the final period Rivers hit Jackson deep down the right side for 37 yards down to KC’s 12, but a personal foul penalty negated the play. On third and 13 Rivers hit TE Randy McMichael at the sticks for the first down. A sack by DE Tyson Jackson at the Chiefs 28 forced a 48-yard FG by K Nate Kaeding that pushed the Chargers lead to 24-0 with 8:30 remaining.

Chargers CB Antoine Cason returned a Chiefs punt down the sideline 42 yard to the KC 36. The Chiefs challenged the player stepping out of bounds, but the ruling on the field stood and the San Diego took over in KC territory. Sproles rumbled up the middle for 15 yards to the KC 17. Four plays later RB Ryan Mathews scored on a 15-yard TD run giving the Chargers a 31-0 lead with 3:23 to play.

QB Tyler Palko took the helm for the remainder of the game, but the Chiefs were unable to score leaving the final 31-0 San Diego.

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