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This was the Chiefs’ seventh consecutive win and their fourth consecutive win over the Chargers. The Chiefs defeated the Chargers 33-3 Nov. 22 at San Diego.
With three games left in the regular season, this gives Kansas City a record of 8-5, increasing their likelihood of being in the playoffs.
Nonetheless Kansas City Coach Andy Reid acknowledged the Chiefs played sloppy football and in his press conference said, “We need to stop shooting ourselves in the foot.”
Neither team got very far in the first quarter, and in the last minute the Chargers recovered a fumbled Kansas City punt return, but San Diego kicker Josh Lambo failed a field goal attempt.
At the start of the second quarter a pass from Chiefs quarterback Alex Smith was intercepted by Chargers cornerback Jason Verrett, ending Smith’s record run of 312 passes without an interception.
With less than a minute left in the half, wide receiver Albert Wilson scored a Chiefs touchdown with a 44-yard run. Much of the yardage had been gained by running back Spencer Ware, who was injured with a rib contusion in his final gain before Wilson’s touchdown.
Then Chief linebacker Derrick Johnson intercepted a Philip Rivers pass, and Carlos Santos was successful in a 40-yard field goal attempt to make the score at halftime 10-0 in favor of the Chiefs.
Then Santos failed a 46-yard field goal attempt at the conclusion of the Chiefs’ first drive of the third quarter.
Chargers kicker Josh Lambo, however, then was successful in a 36-yard field goal attempt to make the score 10-3 with 5:27 left in the quarter.
Then a 64-yard touchdown run by Chiefs running back Charcandrick West was wiped out by a penalty for offensive pass interference.
Then Chiefs linebacker Dee Ford twice sacked Rivers at the end of the third quarter.
Then, Smith was sacked for the only time in the game, and Ford sacked Rivers again.
A long drive brought San Diego to the Chiefs 11 yard line with two seconds left in the game. Then Ford blocked a touchdown pass to Charger running back Danny Woodhead to give Kansas City the win, 10-3.
The Chargers now have a record of 3-10.
The Chiefs next play the Baltimore Ravens. who are 4-9 after losing 35-6 to the Seattle Seahawks in Baltimore Sunday.
The Chiefs then play the Cleveland Browns, now 3-10 after beating the San Francisco 49ers 24-10 Sunday.
The Chiefs conclude their regular season Jan. 3 with a home game against the Oakland Raiders, who are now 6-7 after defeating the conference leading Broncos 15-12 at Denver Sunday. The Chiefs beat the Raiders 34-20 Dec. 6 at Oakland.