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Chargers win a nail-biter

Discussion in 'American Football' started by BFISA, Nov 9, 2008.

  1. BFISA

    BFISA Well-Known Member

    Nov 16, 2005

    Chargers escape Sunday with a narrow victory

    Kevin Gemmell (Contact)

    Sunday, November 9, 2008

    The San Diego Chargers snapped a two-game losing streak and kept pace with the Denver Broncos in the AFC West race with a 20-19 win over the Kansas City Chiefs at Qualcomm Stadium.

    The Chiefs failed to convert on a two-point conversion with 23 seconds left in the game. After Kansas City tight end Tony Gonzalez caught a 3-yard touchdown pass from Tyler Thigpen to cut San Diego's lead to 20-19, Chiefs' Coach Herm Edwards opted for a two-point conversion. But Chargers' safety Clinton Hart knocked down Thigpen's pass, intended for Gonzalez, to secure the win.

    Quarterback Philip Rivers, who started the day as the NFL's highest rated passer, hadn't had much success in his career against the Chiefs. Entering the game Rivers was 9-1 against other AFC West opponents, but just 2-2 against the Chiefs with three touchdowns and six interceptions in four career games.

    He threw two touchdowns (to go with two interceptions) and completed 27-of-36 passes for 316 yards in the win.

    Running back LaDainian Tomlinson moved to 15th on the NFL all-time rushing list for career yards (11,279), passing O.J. Simpson (11,236) and Corey Dillon (11,241). John Riggins (11,352) is 14th. Tomlinson passed Simpson with his first carry of the second half and Dillon on the next carry. He finished with 78 rushing yards.

    After forcing the Chargers (4-5) to punt on their opening possession, the Chiefs (1-8) marched 95 yards on 12 plays, capping the drive with a 30-yard touchdown pass from Thigpen to Mark Bradley down the sideline for a 7-0 lead.

    On the ensuing drive San Diego moved the ball 64 yards on 10 plays before settling at the Chiefs' 16. On third down overthrew a wide-open, forcing fourth down and a 34-yard Nate Kaeding field goal, cutting the lead to 7-3.

    They added three more points with Kaeding's second field goal of the half, a 26-yarder with 6:47 left in the second, shaving Kansas City's lead to 7-6. For the second straight drive, the Chargers cracked the red zone but were unable to find the end zone.

    Thigpen threw his second touchdown of the half with 3:11 to play in the second quarter, a 34-yarder to tight end Gonzalez, who caught ball in traffic over the middle and bounced to the outside before going in untouched, giving the Chiefs a 13-6 advantage after the failed PAT.

    San Diego tried to string a drive together a drive in the closing minutes, and got down to the Chiefs' 28. But Rivers, looking for Vincent Jackson, was intercepted by strong safety Bernard Pollard in the end zone.

    The Chargers finally got a touchdown with 3:43 left in the third. From the Chiefs' 5, Rivers floated a touch pass over the middle to Malcolm Floyd, tying the score at 13-13.

    The Chargers took their first lead of the game with 6:55 in the fourth when Rivers connected with tight end Antonio Gates from 8-yards out.

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