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A Pictoral Recap of Chargers vs. Chiefs 9/13

Shaun Phillips records Chargers’ first sack of the season on Kansas City Chiefs’ quarterback Matt Cassel early in the first quarter.

Quarterback Philip Rivers connects with tight end Antonio Gates in the first half for the first Charger touchdown of the season. Chargers lead 7-0 after the ensuing PAT.

 

Chiefs’ running back Jamaal Charles breaks a 56-yard touchdown run on the Chargers defense in the first quarter, evening the score at seven points apiece.

The rain continues to prove itself as a factor as Darren Sproles and the rest of the Chargers slip and slide all over Arrowhead Stadium.

Rivers shows his frustration after two consecutive three-and-outs in the second quarter.

Rookie running back Ryan Mathews is stripped by Chiefs’ linebacker Derrick Johnson. The fumble is recovered by Chiefs’ cornerback Brandon Carr. The tide begins to turn in the Chiefs’ favor as they start their drive at the Chargers’ 12 yardline.

Three plays following the fumble recovery, Cassel connects with rookie tight end Tony Moeaki for a two-yard touchdown pass. Chiefs lead 14-7 in the second quarter.

As the offensive struggle continues for the Chargers, Chiefs’ defensive linemen Glenn Dorsey and Tamba Hali sack Rivers on third down to force another punt in the second quarter.

Rookie Dexter McCluster and Chiefs’ head coach Todd Haley celebrate after McCluster takes a Scrifes punt back 94-yards for a touchdown. Things continue to fall apart as the Chargers’ woes keep pilling up. Chiefs lead 21-7 near the end of the second quarter.

 

Chargers’ head coach Norv Turner stares at the scoreboard, stunned, as his team heads into the lockerroom at halftime down by 14 points to the Kansas City Chiefs, who were heavy underdogs coming into the game.

Chargers’ wide receiver Legedu Naanee hauls in a wide open, 59-yard touchdown pass to bring the Chargers within one touchdown of the Chiefs. The Chiefs lead 21-14 near the end of the third quarter.

Chargers’ running back Mike Tolbert provides a spark for the offense, breaking off a 23-yard run as time winds down in the fourth quarter.

Rivers hangs his head after a failed fourth-down conversation with only seven minutes remaining in the game.

Chargers’ wide receiver Craig Davis makes a big 24-yard reception to bring the Chargers into Chiefs’ territory as the clock continues to run out, leaving the Chargers with only four minutes and two timeouts to find the endzone.

After an incompletion, a 2-yard loss by Sproles, and two more incompletions, the Chargers fall six yards short as Rivers and Floyd can’t connect on fourth-and-goal. That leaves the Chiefs on top with only 33 seconds left on the clock and no timeouts for the Chargers to use.

The Chiefs’ defense celebrates after stopping the Chargers on fourth-down and come out victorious over the heavily-favored Chargers, 21-14.

It was a rough game for the Chargers, who seemed unprepared for anything that the Chiefs threw at them. It appears that the Chargers may not be able to avoid the September woes that seem to haunt them every season. Hopefully the Chargers can come out next week in their home opener against the Jacksonville Jaguars with a better sense of urgency, with all of the sloppiness and unmotivated play left in Kansas City.


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