It was a division rival game in the AFC West as the San Diego Chargers battled against the Kansas City Chiefs with both teams fighting against a losing streak. Kansas City was desperate for its second victory of the season after last week‘s comeback by Tampa Bay, but could not get crucial points from its special teams. Meanwhile, San Diego got its first win after coming off its bye week and two consecutive losses, putting it within striking distance of the division lead.
Kansas City had a chance to tie the game in the last few minutes and drove down the field, making the second of two touchdowns to TE Tony Gonzalez in the game. However, the Chiefs elected to go for the win rather than the tie and missed the second of two two-point conversions when Thigpen could not connect again with Gonzalez after S Clinton Hart knocked the ball away.
The first half saw Kansas City is a good position, trading touchdowns for field goals with the Chargers. The Chiefs scored first with a 30-yard pass to WR Mark Bradley late in the first quarter. The Chargers answered back with two field goals in the second quarter, one from 34 yards and one from 26 yards. Chiefs QB Tyler Thigpen hit his favorite receiver of the day, TE Toy Gonzalez, for a 34-yard touchdown in the last few minutes of the half but a two-point conversion attempt by P Dustin Colquitt on a bad snap would prove to hurt the team down the road.
The score was 13 to 6 at halftime with the Chiefs leading.
The second half showed a rejuvenated Chargers offense. WR Malcolm Floyd caught a 5-yard touchdown pass with a little less than four minutes left to play in the third quarter. San Diego scored another touchdown midway through the fourth quarter when Rivers hit TE Antonio Gates from 8 yards. Kansas City scored in the last minute with the 3-yard pass to Gonzalez.
Both quarterbacks played hard. Chiefs QB Tyler Thigpen had 266 yards and three touchdowns. He completed 27 out of 41 pass attempts and has not had a pick in his last three games. Chargers QB Philip Rivers had 316 yards in the game, completing 27 of 36 passing attempts, making two touchdowns and two interceptions.
In addition to the two touchdowns, TE Tony Gonzalez had a great day with 9 receptions for 113 yards, the longest a 34-yarder in the second quarter which gave the Chiefs their second touchdown.
After his 105-yard performance against the Saints in London two weeks ago, LaDainian Tomlinson did not do as well against the last-ranked rushing defense with only 78 yards rushing.
San Diego will play in Pittsburgh next week while Kansas City will host the New Orleans Saints.