History shows failures

San Diego came into the contest outscoring their opponents in every quarter this season but 14 Kansas City first quarter points gave the opposition 35 on the season, compared to the Bolts' 27. It led to an early hole and an eventual 30-27 loss.

The team remains number two in the league in points per game with 29.67. Only Chicago has scored more points per game (30.0).

Philip Rivers attempted 43 passes, a new career-high, completing 25 for 266 yards with two touchdowns. It is the third straight game that Rivers has tossed two scoring passes.

"We had the ball back with a little more than a minute to go and in that situation we feel like, offensively, let's finish it," Rivers said of his mentality on their final drive.

"He's a good quarterback and he's very accurate," Kansas City head coach Herm Edwards said of Rivers. "What they do on third-and-long is they protect with seven and only send three guys out. Those guys will chip and release late, so they will get protection at times."

Since 2002, the Chargers are 22-28 when throwing 26 or more passes in a game and 15-5 when throwing less than 25 passes in a game.

The Chargers offensive line came into the game with just five sacks allowed in five games and 150 pass attempts. They allowed four sacks on Sunday in Kansas City and countless pressures.

"They had a couple of situations where they brought a bunch of people, more than we've got," explained head coach Marty Schottenheimer. "Our deal is to throw the ball quickly and a couple of those balls went awry, got batted up into the air, were throws that were the direct result of the pressure, but when you look at it in its entirety we need to play better."

Lorenzo Neal's ten-yard run in the second quarter was his longest rush since 1998 while he was with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers. It is just the fifth time in his illustrious career that he has had a rush of ten yards or more.

LaDainian Tomlinson tossed his fifth career touchdown pass in the fourth quarter, a one-yard pass to tight end Brandon Manumaleuna. Tomlinson is 1-for-2 in passing on the year after going 3-for-4 with three touchdowns last season. It is the fourth straight season that he has completed one pass.

"You can play a great game one week and the next week come out and not play so well and lose," said Tomlinson who accounted for 129 yards of offense (66 rushing, 63 receiving). "It's pretty frustrating."

Manumaleuna had his first carry of the year in the third quarter, gaining one yard. Manumaleuna had one carry for two yards last year while with the St. Louis Rams and five career carries coming into the game.

Manumaleuna also caught four passes, tying a career-high. The only other time he snared four receptions came on October 19, 2003 against the Green Bay Packers. His touchdown reception was his first touchdown since opening day 2005.

The fun didn't stop for the tight end. He returned a kickoff 14 yards, his first kickoff return since 2004.

Antonio Gates has caught a touchdown pass in three straight games. In 2004, the tight end snared a scoring pass in four straight games en route to setting an NFL record for a tight end with 13 touchdown receptions.

Eric Parker's 50-yard punt return in the third quarter was the longest of his career. His previous high was 49 yards set on October 19, 2003 against the Cleveland Browns.

Marques Harris forced a fumble in the fourth quarter on a sack. It was the first time in the game that the Chargers defense got to Huard. It was the first forced fumble of his career and second career sack. His last sack came on September 25, 2005 against the New York Giants. The fumble was recovered by Luis Castillo. It was Castillo's first career fumble recovery.

Nate Kaeding has connected on 22 straight field goal attempts inside the 40-yard line. He passed Rolf Benirschke's team record with his 88th consecutive made PAT following the team's first touchdown of the game in the third quarter and extended that mark to 90 by the end of the evening.


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