Chargers can't overcome early turnovers

San Diego turned the ball over on three of its first four possessions and Kansas City turned it into 14 points. The Bolts would score on three of their second half possessions and fall on a Lawrence Tynes 53-yard field goal.

A high first quarter pass from Philip Rivers to Eric Parker ended up in the waiting hands of Greg Wesley who returned it to the San Diego 11-yard line. On the next play Damon Huard hit Kris Wilson for a touchdown and a 7-0 lead. It was Wilson's fourth career reception.

Kansas City converted another first quarter turnover into seven points when Huard connected with Eddie Kennison on a 21-yard touchdown to put the Chiefs up 14-0. The drive was setup by a Philip Rivers fumble on the San Diego 32-yard line.

The Bolts would get their first three points on the second play of the second quarter, a 39-yard field goal from Nate Kaeding. Kaeding would tack on three more later in the quarter with a 31-yard boot. Kaeding would miss from 47 yards just before the half as his kick hit the right upright.

While San Diego was getting a pair of field goals, Kansas City was busy getting another seven sandwiched between the Kaeding field goals. Tony Gonzalez caught a 57-yard pass from Huard that setup an 11-yard touchdown run by Larry Johnson. Tynes would miss the extra point as it hit the right upright, 20-3.

Eric Parker had a huge punt return of 50 yards to put the Chargers in Kansas City territory on their first second half possession. San Diego cut the lead to seven points, 20-13, with a touchdown from Philip Rivers to Antonio Gates from one yard out.

Kansas City answered with a 14-play, 89-yard drive that was capped by a Johnson touchdown run from one yard out. Johnson accounted for 52 yards on the drive. It was the first time this season that the Chargers have allowed third quarter points.

On fourth down and three at the Kansas City 37-yard line, Rivers hit LaDainian Tomlinson who took it down the right sideline for a touchdown and a 27-20 game with 13 minutes to go in the fourth quarter. Tomlinson accounted for 63 yards on the drive, including 48 as a receiver.

Marques Harris, playing in place of Shaun Phillips who was out with a calf injury, forced a fumble on the Kansas City 23 yard line that was recovered by Luis Castillo at the halfway point of the fourth quarter. LaDainian Tomlinson threw a one-yard touchdown pass to Brandon Manumaleuna to knot the game at 27-27.

Kansas City got the ball back with 33 seconds left and drove down to the San Diego 31-yard line. Tynes came on to kick a 48-yarder but a false start penalty pushed it back to 53 yards. Tynes would still deliver the game winner.


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