"We were out-played," head coach Marty Schottenheimer said. "Kansas City I thought played extremely well in every aspect and we ended up on the short end of it."
The Chargers also lost by more than four points for the first time since Denver beat them in 2004 on the same week they failed to score 17 points, a streak of 28 straight games, including the playoffs. The five losses they encountered prior to Saturday were by a cumulative total of 14 points – Saturday they lost by 13.
Meanwhile, the Chiefs now own an 18-game home winning streak in the month of December at Arrowhead Stadium. Kansas City has not lost a home game in December since they were felled by the Indianapolis Colts, 24-19, on Dec. 15, 1996.
The Chargers entered the game with the top ranked rushing defense in the league but allowed a season high 144 yards with Larry Johnson accounting for 131 yards. He became the first player in 17 games to rush for over 100 yards against the Bolts.
"He's a good running back," linebacker Donnie Edwards said of Johnson. "He's patient, he's a big guy, he come's downhill. His offensive line did a great job. It was pretty muddy situations out there, but they had to play in it too."
Johnson, however, was proudest of his blocking in the passing game.
"I was definitely on a mission today as far as pass blocking because I knew that (San Diego) watched tape and would have watched whether I was going to be in or coming out," he said. "Of course, everybody wanted to see what I could against Shawne Merriman and a couple of the other linebackers. I think I did pretty well as far as blocking."
Kansas City became the third team to rush for over 100 yards against them, Dallas (109) and Pittsburgh (104).
The Chiefs held San Diego to seven points, the fewest points scored by the Chargers since they suffered a 20-7 loss at Chicago (11/2/03).
The Chargers have 46 sacks this season, third-most in the NFL, and their highest total since a 43-sack season in 1994. Only Seattle (47) and Miami (48) have more sacks than the Chargers defense.
Should the Chargers end the season leading the league in sacks, it would mark only the second time the team has done so since joining the NFL in 1970. In 1980, the Chargers led the NFL with 60 sacks.