Insider's Take: Chargers vs. Chiefs

Just like Weeks 1 and 2, the Chargers were consumed in a battle with the Chiefs where the last minutes determined the winner. Unlike those games, the Bolts walked away with a victory to improve to 4-5. SDBoltReport.com's Jaime Cattano takes a closer look at what worked, what didn't and what's next for the Bolts.

What Worked

--QB Philip Rivers engineered the offense with 316 passing yards and two touchdowns against the Kansas City Chiefs. Completing 27-of-36 passes, Rivers finished the day with a 96.5 passer rating, leaving his season rating at 106.3, which leads the NFL. Having thrown for more than 300 yards in three of the last four games, Rivers' consistency will be key to the Bolts' success down the stretch.

--The Bolts gathered 400 total offensive yards versus the Chiefs' 339. It was San Diego's third 400-yard game in the last four outings.

--The Bolts' passing game was in sync across the board. WR Vincent Jackson continued to excel as he led the Bolts with five catches for 83 yards. WR Malcom Floyd also marked a big day, catching four passes for 76 yards and notching his third score of the season. TE Antonio Gates' production proved he is on his way to a full recovery from lingering toe and hip pain. He registered a season-high eight catches for 66 yards and gathered his ninth career touchdown against the Chiefs.


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--RB LaDainian Tomlinson collected 78 rushing yards, moving him to 15th place on the NFL's all-time rushing list with 11,279 career yards. He passed O.J. Simpson and Corey Dillon and now sees John Riggins' total just 73 yards in the horizon.

--New defensive coordinator Ron Rivera continued Ted Cottrell's trend of making key halftime adjustments. The Bolts allowed the Chiefs to gain just 27 yards and one first down in the third quarter.

--The Bolts game-winning touchdown drive went 14 plays, 94 yards and 8:24, marking the team's longest touchdown drive of the season in terms of plays and time of possession. Rivers completed all eight of his passes on that drive for 75 yards and the TD to Gates.

--CB Antonio Cromartie responded well to coming off the bench, leading the Bolts with 11 tackles. He did fumble the ball on his lone kickoff return, which signifies the lack of focus that has plagued him this season.

What Didn't Work

--Penalties were an issue for the Bolts once again. San Diego was called for five penalties for 37 yards versus the Chiefs' three penalties for 16 yards.

--The Chargers turned the ball over twice without forcing a takeaway of their own. One season after leading the NFL with 48 total takeaways, the Chargers have gone three straight games without forcing a turnover.

--The Bolts allowed an offensive touchdown in the first quarter for the first time in 11 games when receiver Mark Bradley benefited from a busted coverage. The drive was Kansas City's longest since a 14-play, 99-yard TD drive at Cleveland in 2006.

--The Bolts struggled again to stop an opposing tight end as Tony Gonzalez registered 10 catches for 113 yards plus two touchdowns. Luckily, SS Clinton Hart was able to stop Gonzalez on the day's most crucial play as the Chiefs attempted a two-point conversion to grab the victory.

What's Next

The Bolts will be on the road next week, traveling to Pittsburgh to play the 6-3 Steelers. The Chargers won the most recent matchup between these two teams, a 23-13 victory on Sunday Night Football back in 2006. The game will pit draft classmates Rivers and Ben Roethlisberger against one another.


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