Running all day long behind former MVP LaDainian Tomlinson, the Chargers got a measure of revenge on the KC Chiefs, topping them at Arrowhead Stadium 24-10. Tomlinson rushed for 177 yards and two touchdowns. The Chargers were helped out by their defense, which added eight sacks in the victory. San Diego has now won six of their last eight, and seemed poised to take total control of the weak AFC West.
The Chiefs have gone on a complete tailspin, losing six of eight and five in a row. While the season started out with a lot of promise, the team has fallen on a lot of hard times this season with injuries and poor play. One bright spot was tight end Tony Gonzalez, who caught 10 passes for 140 yards. Outside of that, the play on the field was poor and Arrowhead Stadium was mostly quiet by mid-way through the fourth quarter.
Things started off good for KC, as they went up 10-3 in the second quarter as Damon Huard hit Jared Allen with a two-yard TD pass with 5:23 left in the half. The Chargers though came right back, with Phillip Rivers hitting Vincent Jackson with a 38-yard TD pass to tie the game at 10 with 3:29 remaining in the second quarter. All the momentum that the Chiefs had after going up 10-3 was gone with the late Chargers score.
San Diego took control of the game as they scored on their first second half drive when Tomlinson rushed 31 yards for the go-ahead score to make it 17-10. The drive was helped by a penalty, as well as Rivers hitting L.T. for 15 yards to set up the score. KC put a drive together, driving from their own 31 to the Chargers 28, put then went for it on 4th-and-4 and Huards pass was incomplete, ending the last big Chiefs threat.
The teams traded possessions until the Chargers sealed the deal with Tomlinson going 28 yards for the clinching score with 12:55 left. The Chargers outgained the Chiefs 330-268, and while Rivers threw for just 157 yards, it was Tomlinson leading the ground game that put up 191 yards. The Chiefs were only able to manage 88 yards on the ground.
The Chargers now at 7-5 will travel to Tennessee to take on the Titans next Sunday. The Chiefs season of woe will continue next Sunday as they play at Denver against the Broncos.