The Chargers lost to the Chiefs, 10-3, at Arrowhead Stadium Sunday and are now 3-10 on the season. Here are some of the big moments:
Rain and wind took over Arrowhead Stadium from the opening kickoff and lasted all game, making for slippery conditions.
The Chargers also had crowd noise to contend with, as Arrowhead – elements or not – remains one of the loudest, most disruptive stadiums in the NFL
Chris Hairston replaced left tackle King Dunlap in the first quarter, who left the game with an ankle injury. Dunlap, who was signed to a 4-year, $28 million contract in offseason, has played in just seven games this season. He has been dealing with a high ankle sprain.
Chargers CB Steve Williams left the game in the second half with a hip injury.
Kenny Wiggins started in place of DJ Fluker at right guard, who is still recovering from suffering two concussions in the span of five days just three weeks ago.
The first touchdown of the game came with under two minutes to play in the first half, on a short pass from Kansas City quarterback Alex Smith to WR Albert Wilson, who ran it in for a touchdown. The drive went 96 yards in nine plays, with the first eight plays being run plays. It was the longest drive for the Chiefs in two years (97 yards against the Texans in 2013).
The Chiefs intercepted the ball on San Diego's ensuing drive and scored a field goal before the half, to get the lead to 10-0.
Chargers kicker Josh Lambo hit a 30-yard field goal in the third quarter to cut the Chiefs’ lead to a touchdown. It would be the only points for the Chargers all game.
Besides garbage time in the fourth quarter against the Raiders in late October, the Chargers have been unable to score a touchdown against an AFC West opponent this season. The Chiefs held them to just three points in both matches, and the Chargers were only able to put up a field goal against the Broncos last week at Qualcomm Stadium.
Two more division games are left for 2015: vs. the Raiders and vs. the Broncos, both on the road. The last time the Chargers scored a touchdown was against the Jaguars on November 29.
RUN GAME ?
The rain and wind made this match a good one to bring out the ground game, and the Chargers tried early. RB Melvin Gordon got the start -- despite fumbling twice last week -- and had a gain of three yards on one play and a loss of one yard on another in the Chargers opening drive. He went on to rush for 35 yards on 14 carries, with the longest gain being 10 yards.
In total, the Chargers rushed for 44 yards, and the Chiefs rushed for 150.
OLB Jeremiah Attaochu forced a fumble on a Kansas City punt return in the first quarter, batting it out of returner Frankie Hammond’s hand. The ball was recovered by long snapper Mike Windt at the Kansas City 26-yard line.
Despite the good field position, the Chargers couldn’t get a first down and were forced to try a 42-yard field goal attempt on fourth down. Lambo missed, as the kick was wide left. It was Lambo’s second miss in the last three attempts, dating back to last Sunday vs. the Broncos.
CB Jason Verrett had his third interception of the season, when Smith tried a deep pass to WR Jeremy Maclin. It broke Smith’s streak of 312 passes without an interception (Verrett's grab was on attempt No. 313).
Rivers was picked off late in the first half, when the Chargers were driving downfield in hopes of getting points on the board before halftime. The ball bounced off Malcom Floyd (who is playing through a torn labrum injury) and into the hands of Derrick Johnson. The Chiefs were able to get three more points on the board with a field goal right before time expired in the first half. (Score: 10-0, halftime).
The defense held both the Broncos and the Chiefs to just 10 points each in the past two games, but San Diego’s offense failed to get more than three points in either match.
On the final drive of the game, Rivers and Co. drove downfield, converting three times on fourth-downs. A few late red-zone penalties hurt San Diego, and with time expiring, Rivers gave it one last attempt and shot a pass to RB Danny Woodhead, but it was unsuccessful.
The Chargers had opportunities in this game -- a deep pass to Malcom Floyd, which had he not dropped, was perfectly suited for a touchdown; a missed INT by Jahleel Addae, are just a few of the examples.
Melvin Ingram had one sack, upping his season total to six (most by a Charger since 2012). Jerry Attaochu also had a sack.
The Chiefs had five sacks on Rivers, the most in a game since he was sacked seven times in Kansas City last season. Rivers was pressured most of the game, with the offensive line unable to keep him clean consistently.