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The Chargers Sunday scored two touchdowns and two field goals. The Chiefs scored two touchdowns and three field goals.
The win gave the Chiefs a 3-3 record after losing to the San Francisco 49ers 22-17 last week and defeating the Miami Dolphins and the New England Patriots. The Chargers now are 5-2, previously losing to the Arizona Cardinals Sept. 8.
After four punt outs, with the Chargers starting, in the first quarter, San Diego initiated a 5-play, 61-yard drive concluding with a 1-yard touchdown pass from quarterback Philip Rivers to tight end John Phillips.
Starting from Chiefs 19 yard line near the end of the first quarter, with advances including a 15-yard penalty against the Chargers and a 20-yard pass to Dwayne Bowe, Jamaal Charles made a 16-yard touchdown run at the start of the second quarter. The 95 yards Charles gained in the course of the game gave him 6,113 career yards, passing Chief Priest Holmes’ previous 6,070-yard record.
With 3:41 left in the second quarter Cairo Santos kicked a 28-yard field goal to put the Chiefs ahead 10-7. Then, with only 14 seconds left in the half, a 27-yard touchdown pass to Charger tight end Antonio Gates put the Chargers ahead. Halftime score: Chiefs 10, Chargers 14.
Then, following a 12-play 63-yard drive by the Chiefs at the start of the third quarter, Santos kicked a 40-yard field goal with 8:35 left in the quarter to put Kansas City ahead 14-13.
A drive starting at the Charger 30-yard line nearly ended with Chiefs quarterback being sacked at the end of the quarter, but a Charger penalty gave the Chiefs an automatic first down at the San Diego 11 yard line at the start of the final quarter, and a touchdown pass to running back Anthony Sherman put the Chiefs ahead 20-14.
However, two field goals by Charger Nick Novak, with 9:36 and 1:57 left in the fourth quarter, brought the game to a 20-20 tie.
A nine-play drive gave Santos a chance to make a 48-yard field goal attempt. He succeeded, and that was all she wrote. Final score: Chiefs 23-Chargers 20.
The Chiefs play the St. Louis Rams next Sunday, Oct. 26, at Arrowhead Stadium. The Rams were the surprise of the weekend, defeating the Seattle Seahawks 28-26 Sunday in St. Louis. The Rams, now with a 2-4 record, had previously defeated only the Tampa Bay Buccaneers. The Seahawks now have a 3-3 record, also losing to the Chargers and the Dallas Cowboys.
In the following weeks the Chiefs play the New York Jets, Buffalo Bills and Seattle Seahawks. They’re scheduled to play the Chargers again Dec. 28 at Arrowhead to close the regular season.
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