Kansas City Chiefs (1-6) vs. San Diego Chargers (3-4)
Thursday, Nov. 1, 2012 - 7:20 p.m. CT Qualcomm Stadium
NFL Network and KSMO TV – Channel 62 in KC
Play-by-Play: Brad Nessler - Color Commentator: Mike Mayock - Sideline Reporter: Alex Flanagan
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
The Kansas Chiefs visit the San Diego Chargers for a Thursday Night Football matchup at 7:20 p.m. CT on NFL Network from Qualcomm Stadium. Kansas City enters the game 1-6 while the Chargers are 3-4.
The Chiefs have lost four straight games and are coming off of a 26-16 defeat against the Oakland Raiders on Sunday at Arrowhead Stadium. The game was tied at 6-6 until Raiders WR Denarius Moore caught a nine-yard TD pass from QB Carson Palmer with 49 seconds left in the fi rst half to give Oakland a lead that would not be relinquished.
For Kansas City, eight different players caught passes, led by WR Dexter McCluster, who tied a career-high with six receptions for 54 yards and a 10- yard TD.
QB Matt Cassel entered the game when starting QB Brady Quinn went down with an injury and completed 20 of 30 passes for 218 yards with a TD and an INT for an 85.1 passer rating.
Defensively, LB Derrick Johnson posted a team-high 10 tackles, including his 800th career tackle in his 100th career start. He became the sixth player in team history to eclipse the 800-tackle mark.
San Diego dropped a 7-6 contest at Cleveland under rainy conditions. Browns RB Trent Richardson scored on a 26-yard run in the second quarter, which held up as the Chargers were only able to get on the scoreboard with two K Nick Novak fi eld goals.
The Chargers have dropped three straight contests. They defeated the Chiefs 37-20 on Sept. 30 at Arrowhead Stadium when the Chargers defense forced six Kansas City turnovers.
Kansas City currently ranks fi rst in the AFC with 155.1 rushing yards per game, led by RB Jamaal Charles, who ranks third in the AFC with 85.0 rushing yards per contest and fourth in the AFC with 103.7 scrimmage yards per game.
WR Dwayne Bowe leads the team in receiving with 37 catches for 492 yards (13.3 avg.) with three TDs.
Johnson paces the defense with 60 tackles (51 solo) while CBs Brandon Flowers and Stanford Routt each have two interceptions.
For the Chargers, QB Philip Rivers has completed 157 of 243 passes for 1,646 yards and 10 TDs with nine INTs. RB Ryan Mathews has carried 82 times for 354 yards (4.3 avg.) with a TD. S Atari Bigby leads the defense in tackles while CBs Antoine Cason and Quentin Jammer and S Eric Weddle all tie for the team-lead with two interceptions each.
CHIEFS-CHARGERS SERIES HISTORY
Thursday’s contest marks the 106th meeting between the Chiefs and Chargers. The only team the Chiefs have played more than the Chargers is the Oakland Raiders (107 games). San Diego owns a 53-51-1 (.510) overall advantage in the series and has won eight of the last 10 matchups, including the last four at Qualcomm Stadium. On Sept. 30, the Chargers defeated the Chiefs 37-20 at Arrowhead Stadium behind six turnovers.
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.