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Chargers fall to the Chiefs 30-27

Discussion in 'Latest Chargers News & Headlines' started by robdog, Oct 22, 2006.

  1. robdog

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    Source: <a target="_blank" href="http://sports.espn.go.com/nfl/recap?gameId=261022012">Associated Press</a>

    <img width="199" height="201" align="left" title="Kansas City Chiefs wide receiver Eddie Kennison, right, celebrates after scoring a touchdown during the first quarter of a football game as San Diego Chargers corner back Quentin Jammer (23) walks off the field in Kansas City, Mo., Sunday, Oct. 22, 2006." alt="Kansas City Chiefs wide receiver Eddie Kennison, right, celebrates after scoring a touchdown during the first quarter of a football game as San Diego Chargers corner back Quentin Jammer (23) walks off the field in Kansas City, Mo., Sunday, Oct. 22, 2006." src="http://us.news2.yimg.com/us.yimg.com/p/ap/20061022/capt.fcb890b586014f9c89d53b634416ddb7.chargers_chiefs_football_mocr104.jpg" />KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) -- One LT led San Diego's comeback. Another LT thwarted it.

    Lawrence Tynes hit a career-long 53-yard field goal with 6 seconds left, atoning for a first-quarter miss and giving the Kansas City Chiefs a 30-27 victory over the Chargers on Sunday.

    LaDainian Tomlinson figured in two fourth-quarter TD throws, one as the receiver and one as the passer, as the Chargers (4-2) came back from an early 17-point deficit to tie the game at 27-all.

    But after the Chiefs (3-3) took over on their own 18 with 33 seconds left, Damon Huard completed three passes for 52 yards to get them in position for Tynes' winner.

    Tony Gonzalez had two catches for 37 yards on the drive, capping a six-catch, 138-yard day for the Pro Bowl tight end.

    Tynes, who also missed an extra point in the second quarter, hit his second clutch game-winner in three weeks after Kris Wilson was flagged 5 yards for procedure.

    Kansas City forced turnovers on three of San Diego's first four possessions, converting two of them into touchdown passes by Huard, and led 20-3 by the 11-minute mark of the second quarter.

    The Chargers tied it after Marques Harris sacked and stripped Huard and Luis Castillo recovered at the Chiefs 23 and a pass-interference call against Ty Law gave San Diego a first-and-goal at the 1.

    Two plays failed to get the ball in, but on third down Tomlinson took a handoff, pulled up short and threw to Brandon Manumaleuna for the score with 5:10 to go. It was the ninth TD pass of Tomlinson's career.

    Larry Johnson, held to 26 yards rushing in last week's 45-7 loss at Pittsburgh -- Kansas City's worst defeat in a non-strike year since 1984 -- ran for 132 yards and two touchdowns against the Chargers.

    His 11-yard TD carry put the Chiefs up 20-3, and he went in from a yard out late in the third for a 27-13 lead.

    That score appeared to swing the momentum back Kansas City's way, after Philip Rivers' 1-yard scoring pass to Antonio Gates earlier in the third got San Diego within 20-13.

    But early in the fourth quarter, on fourth and 3 from the Kansas City 37, Tomlinson cut across the middle, caught Rivers' pass in space and raced down the right sideline for a score that cut the Chiefs' lead to 27-20.

    Tomlinson, held to 16 yards rushing and 16 yards receiving in the first half, finished with 66 yards rushing and 72 yards receiving. He also completed two passes for 19 yards

    Tynes missed wide right on a 42-yard field goal attempt, after Jared Allen recovered Tomlinson's fumble at the San Diego 37 on the Chargers' opening drive.

    But on San Diego's third possession, Sammy Knight knelt to pick off Rivers' pass and returned it 29 yards to the Chargers 11. One play later, Huard found Wilson -- a backup tight end pressed into service as Kansas City's starting fullback -- for a touchdown and a 7-0 lead.

    Allen sacked and stripped Rivers on the Chargers' next drive, and Tamba Hali's recovery at the San Diego 32 set up Kansas City's next score. After Johnson carried for 11 yards to the 21, Huard pump-faked and found Eddie Kennison streaking toward the goalpost to make it 14-0.

    Huard, making his fifth start in relief of the injured Trent Green, set up Johnson's second-quarter TD carry with a 57-yard completion to Gonzalez.

    Nate Kaeding made second-quarter field goals of 39 and 31 yards for the Chargers but hit the upright from 47 yards late in the half.
     

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