Kansas City Chiefs (1-2) vs. San Diego Chargers (2-1)
Sunday, Sept. 30, 2012 - 12:00 p.m. CT Arrowhead Stadium
Play-by-Play: Kevin Harlan - Color Commentator: Solomon Wilcots
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
Chiefs Spanish Radio
La Gran D (1340 AM) - Play-by-Play: Enrique Morales - Color Commentator: Oscar Monterroso - Sideline Reporter: Ricardo Soto
THIS WEEK'S MATCHUP
Coming off of a thrilling 27-24 overtime victory at New Orleans in Week 3, the Kansas City Chiefs face off against an AFC West foe when the San Diego Chargers visit Arrowhead Stadium for a 12 p.m. kickoff on Sunday, Sept. 30.
The Chiefs erased an 18-point defi cit midway through the third quarter on Sunday, which marked the largest come-from-behind victory in franchise history. Kansas City set a team record with 92 offensive plays in the contest and out gained the Saints 510-to-288. Prior to Sunday, the Chiefs had lost 31 straight games when trailing by 10 or more points after three quarters.
RB Jamaal Charles carried 33 times for 233 yards (7.1 avg.), including a franchise-best 91-yard TD run with 5:18 left in the third quarter. He also caught six passes for 55 yards (9.2 avg.) to account for 288 all-purpose yards. His 233 rushing yards mark the second-best total in club history and in Charles’ career.
K Ryan Succop set a team record with six fi eld goals, including a gamet ying kick from 43 yards out with three seconds left in the fourth quarter and a 31-yard game-winning kick with 6:27 remaining in overtime.
LB Justin Houston recorded 3.0 sacks (-25.0 yards), including one in the end zone for a safety to trim the margin to 24-21 with 5:33 left in regulation. Houston added four QB pressures and two passes defensed.
Kansas City’s defense held New Orleans scoreless for the final 29:09 and has now allowed just six points in the fourth quarter or overtime, which is tied for the best mark in the NFL.
WR Dwayne Bowe caught seven passes and moved into sixth place in Chiefs history with 374 career receptions, passing FB Kimble Anders. CB Javier Arenas returned three punts for 40 yards, which gives him 826 punt return yards, passing CB Dale Carter to move into fourth place in franchise history.
San Diego is 2-1 and in fi rst place in the AFC West. The Chargers are coming off of a 27-3 home loss to the Atlanta Falcons on Sunday. They began the season with victories at Oakland and at home against Tennessee.
QB Philip Rivers has passed for 688 yards with four TDs and three INTs through the fi rst three weeks of the season. He is 27 passing yards shy of 25,000 for his career. Former Chiefs RB Jackie Battle leads the San Diego rushers with 17 carries for 124 yards (7.3 avg.) and two TDs. WR Malcom Floyd paces the receivers with 13 catches for 227 yards (17.5 avg.) with a TD. LB Shaun Phillips leads the defense with 2.5 sacks (-17.5 yards).
CHIEFS-CHARGERS SERIES HISTORY
Sunday’s contest marks the 105th meeting between the Chiefs and Chargers. The only team the Chiefs have played more than the Chargers is the Oakland Raiders (106 games). Kansas City holds a narrow 52-51-1 (.505) advantage in the series, although San Diego has won seven of the last nine matchups. The Chiefs have earned victories in six of the last 10 contests and hold a 23-17 (.575) all-time advantage in games played at Arrowhead Stadium. In 2011, the teams split two close contests that were both decided by a fi eld goal. In Week 3, the Chargers held on for a 20-17 victory at Qualcomm Stadium with a late interception while the Chiefs were driving in San Diego territory. Five weeks later, Chiefs LB Andy Studebaker recovered a QB Philip Rivers fumbled snap at the Kansas City 16-yard line with 1:03 remaining while the score was tied 20-20, essentially forcing overtime.
In the extra period, the Chiefs defense forced a three-and-out and promptly marched 69 yards on 14 plays to set up a 30-yard game-winning fi eld goal by K Ryan Succop. With the win, the Chiefs extended their winning streak to four games and took over fi rst place in the AFC West.
Kansas City and San Diego have met once in the postseason as the Chargers defeated the Chiefs 17-0 on Jan. 2, 1993 at Qualcomm behind 119 rushing yards and a TD from RB Marion Butts. Both offenses were held scoreless in the fi rst half of that contest under rainy conditions in San Diego.