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Chiefs vs Chargers - Game 1

Posted Sep 7, 2010

Kansas City and San Diego have previously met twice in Monday Night Football telecasts with each team taking one victory in the series.

KANSAS CITY CHIEFS (0-0)
VS SAN DIEGO CHARGERS (0-0)
MONDAY, SEPTEMBER 13, 2010 - 9:15 PM (CENTRAL)
NEW ARROWHEAD - KANSAS CITY, MISSOURI

BROADCAST INFORMATION
ESPN
Also airs locally on KMBC-TV
Play-by-play: Brad Nessler Color Commentator: Trent Dilfer Sideline Reporter: Suzy Kolber

Westwood One
Play-by-play: Larry Kahn Color Commentator: Dan Fouts Sideline Reporter: Laura Okmin

Chiefs FOX Football Radio Network
KCFX-FM (101.1 FM in Kansas City)
Play-by-play: Mitch Holthus Color Commentator: Len Dawson Sideline Reporter: Kendall Gammon

THE MATCH-UP
The Chiefs will celebrate the grand opening of the New Arrowhead in fitting fashion with a Monday Night Football clash against the San Diego Chargers (9/13) to close out a MNF doubleheader on ESPN. Monday’s game will culminate a $375 million renovation project at Arrowhead. The contest will also cap a rare NFL-MLB combination at the Truman Sports Complex as the Kansas City Royals face the Oakland A’s at 2:10 PM. Kansas City is making its fi rst appearance on MNF since 2005 and is hosting MNF for the fi rst time since 2004.

Kansas City will open the season at home for the fi rst time since 2006 and will host the Chargers on MNF for just the second time in this storied series between a pair of original American Football League franchises. An 86-yard punt return TD by the Chiefs in OT provided a thrilling conclusion to that initial MNF meeting at Arrowhead as KC secured a 29-23 OT victory (10/9/95).

Under the guidance of Head Coach Todd Haley, the Chiefs made substantial progress in 2009. The Chiefs improved in 30 different statistical categories and finished the year with a 44-24 victory at Denver (1/3/10). The Chiefs led the NFL in Red Zone scoring efficiency in 2009, scoring on 89.5 percent (34 of 38) of their Red Zone possessions. Kansas City also made dramatic gains over the course of the season’s final eight games as the Chiefs averaged an NFL-best 5.2 yards per carry over the second half of the year. Defensively, the Chiefs ranked eighth in the NFL, forcing three and outs at a 24.4% (49 of 201) clip. Playing smarter has been a point of emphasis under Haley. The Chiefs ranked eighth in the NFL with just 84 penalties in 2009 and were sixth in penalty yardage (667) a year ago.

As of September 7th, 56.6% of the Chiefs roster (30 of 53 players) owned three years of experience or less, including 10 rookies. That rookie class features a seven-man 2010 draft class, six of whom were season captains for their final collegiate season. In total, the Chiefs added 16 new players to their roster in 2010. Based on ages as of September 1st, the average age of the Chiefs 53- man roster is 25.9 years old.

San Diego enters Monday’s contest owning an 11-game regular season victory streak. The Chargers have won on their last three visits to Arrowhead, but haven’t won four straight games in Kansas City since accomplishing the feat from ’74-77. Up next for Kansas City is a road trip to Cleveland (9/19), while San Diego is home vs. Jacksonville (9/19).

THE SERIES
Kansas City holds a 50-49-1 (.505) all-time advantage over San Diego in regular and postseason play. All 50 of those victories against San Diego have come in regular season play. The only teams the Chiefs have defeated more frequently are Denver (53) and Oakland (51).

San Diego owns a five-game win streak in the series, its first five-game winning stretch against the Chiefs since ’87-89. In 2009, the Chargers claimed a pair of victories over the Chiefs, a 37-7 decision at Arrowhead (10/25/09) and 43- 14 victory at Qualcomm Stadium (11/29/09). Kansas City’s most recent victory in the series was a 30-16 decision at San Diego (9/30/07). The Chiefs last victory over the Chargers at Arrowhead was a 30-27 win (10/22/06). KC’s last sweep of the series came in 2003.

The home team has won 19 of the last 28 games in this series dating back to ’96. Kansas City owns a 10-5 (.667) record against the Chargers at Arrowhead dating back to ’95, including a string of seven straight victories from ’97-03.

Chiefs-Chargers matchups are traditionally closely-contested battles. Excluding one tie between the two teams, a total of 12 games in this series have been decided by exactly one point, including two games in 2008. Those 12 onepoint games are the most of any series in the league since ’60.

The Chiefs and Chargers have met just one time in postseason play. San Diego claimed a win in the lone playoff tilt between the two clubs, registering a 17-0 victory in a ’92 AFC Wild Card Playoff Game at San Diego (1/2/93).

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