Loss avenged

The Chargers and Chiefs met under the lights in San Diego for the first time with San Diego winning their 12th game of the year and eighth straight. The win avenges their last loss – in Kansas City on October 22.

"It feels great," safety Marlon McCree said of the win. "Holding a good team like that to three field goals. They called out our manhood and we wanted to come out strong." The Chargers can clinch a first-round bye with a loss by Indianapolis (vs. Cincinnati) on Monday night.

Their 12 wins tied a franchise record, achieved three times previously: 1961, 1979 and 2004.

The win matches their eight game streak from 2004, the second longest win streak in team history. The longest was a 15-game streak during the 1960-61 seasons.

The Chargers are 7-0 at home, matching the only other time in team history they have recorded a perfect record 7-0 mark in 1963.

Head coach Marty Schottenheimer has earned 45 regular season wins in less than five full seasons. The Chargers only won a total of 23 games in the five seasons before he came to San Diego (1997-2001).

The Chargers surpassed 2,000 rushing for the fifth-straight season. It is the longest stretch in team history and is currently the longest active streak in the NFL.

They are the only team in the league with at least 2,100 yards rushing and 2,900 passing.

The home team has won 17 of 22 games in the Chiefs-Chargers series back to ‘96. Teams holding a halftime lead have won 15 of the last 17 games in the Chiefs-Chargers series dating back to ‘97.

Dating back to 2004, the Chargers are 22-4 (.846) when leading at halftime.

The Bolts entered the game with a 2-12 mark at home under Schottenheimer when they have a negative turnover margin. They lost the battle on Sunday but won their third game.

"We found a way to win this game," Schottenheimer said. "Sometimes the football gods smile on you."

Michael Turner gained 25 yards on a fake punt. It was the first time all year that the Chargers purposely faked a punt. It was Turner's sixth run of 20-plus yards this season.

Philip Rivers did not complete a pass in the first quarter and was intercepted on his first pass in the second quarter. It was his seventh interception of the season and first pick since November 26 versus Oakland. His first completion came with roughly 13 minutes to go in the second quarter, an 18-yard pass to Vincent Jackson. He had been 0-for-5 before that play.

Greg Wesley picked off Rivers in the fourth quarter, the second time this year he has been intercepted twice in a game. Rivers was picked off twice in Denver on November 19.

Both picks led to Kansas City points.

With 51 yards passing through the first 54 minutes of the game, Rivers ran a perfect play-action-pass and hit Vincent Jackson for a 46-yard completion.

"That was a great ball by Philip," said Jackson. "I would have liked to stay up and get in the end zone."

Rivers ended the game 8-for-23 for 97 yards with two interceptions and a 12.4 quarterback rating, the lowest mark of his career. It is just the second time this year he has had a quarterback rating below 75.0. He has had five games with a quarterback rating above 100.0.

Mike Scifres' first two punts were dropped inside the seven-yard line.

Bernard Pollard, however, blocked his next punt. Pollard beat Clinton Hart, pushing the safety into the backfield and getting a hand on the ball. Kansas City defender Derrick Ross touched the ball beyond the line of scrimmage but could not gather it in and David Binn pounced on the loose ball, giving San Diego possession because it had passed the line of scrimmage. Ironically, if Kansas City did not try to recover the loose ball they would have been awarded possession.

Tomlinson scored on the next play.

"Usually if a ball gets tipped it carries down the field 20 or 30 yards," Binn explained. "When it's really blocked, it usually just goes backwards."

"When that ball is blocked and goes beyond the line it becomes a live ball," head coach Marty Schottenheimer explained. "David was fortunate enough to be there for the recovery."

It was the first time Scifres has had a punt blocked in his NFL career – coming on his 193th punt.


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