All three phases of football began clicking tonight for the Chiefs as big plays were made on offense, defense and special teams. WR
Kansas City was first to touch the ball but a three an out forced an early punt giving the Chargers the ball at their own 28-yard line. Chargers QB Philip Rivers put San Diego in motion with two double-digit completions of 15 and then 11 yards moving the Chargers into Chiefs territory. Kansas City’s defense tightened. On third and seven from the Chiefs 28-yard line, Rivers’ pass was caught, but a jarring hit from Ss
The Chiefs offense took over at its own 20-yard line, but was unable to find rhythm. After three plays, Chiefs P
On the ensuing possession Kansas City’s ground game took control. RB
The Chiefs defense stiffened, forcing a San Diego punt from its own 13-yard line. CB
Kansas City’s defense then stepped up to the plate as LB
The Chiefs were just getting started. After another defensive stand P Mike Scifres came on to punt for the Chargers. WR Dexter McCluster caught the ball at the KC six-yard line. On a play that looked broken, McCluster emerged from the pack and a key block from LB
Kansas City put together one final drive before the half officially closed, but after moving the ball to San Diego’s 31-yard line, the drive stalled and the Chiefs took their 21-7 lead into the locker room at half.
The Chargers were first to touch the ball in the second half of play. Rivers 17-yard pass to WR Legedu Naanee put San Diego into Chiefs territory but the drive ended at the Chiefs 41-yard line as a Rivers pass fell incomplete. San Diego’s punt sailed into the end zone giving KC possession at the 20-yard line.
The teams went punt for punt before the Chargers offense hit their stride. Rivers found Gates who rumbled for 19 yards to the San Diego 30-yard line. Two plays later a miscommunication in the Chiefs secondary left Chargers Naanee wide open and Rivers hit him with a deep ball for a 59-yard TD pass cutting into the Chiefs lead, 21-14 with 2:33 on the clock in the third quarter.
San Diego regained possession after a Kansas City punt. Rivers pass to TE Randy McMichael was good for 20 yards followed by a 23-yard rush by RB Mike Tolbert putting the ball at the Chiefs 44-yard line. On fourth and nine from the KC 32 with just over seven minutes to play the Chargers elected to go for it. Rivers pass slipped through the hands of Naanee turning the ball over on downs.
Kansas City’s offense was stopped and forced to punt with 5:03 to play in the contest. Rivers connected with WR Buster Davis for 22 yards and then to WR Malcom Floyd for 22 yards putting the Chargers at the Chiefs 25-yard line at the 2:00 minute warning down by seven. On fourth and three from the KC 16, Rivers connected on a clutch pass to Naanee for 12 yards and a first down setting the Chargers up with a first and goal from the Kansas City four-yard line. Kansas City’s defense rose to the occasion. On first down, Rivers pass intended for Floyd fell incomplete. On second down the Chiefs run defense stuffed RB Darren Sproles for a two-yard loss. On third and goal from the four-yard line Rivers pass was too high intended for Floyd and sailed out of the back of the end zone.
With 0:39 on the clock the Chargers faced a fourth and goal from the four-yard line. With Rivers in shotgun formation, the ball was snapped. Rivers stepped up in the pocket and threw it up but the pass fell incomplete, sealing the 21-14 Chiefs victory.