Chiefs upset Chargers in San Diego

AP

Surprise, surprise: The Chiefs are alive in the AFC West, and the Chargers have taken a tumble.

Just when it looked like San Diego was establishing itself as one of the very best teams — maybe even the best team — in the NFL, Kansas City came to town and won a hard-fought game on a last-minute field goal, 23-20.

The Chiefs got one of the efficient if not extraordinary games that have become Alex Smith’s trademark: Smith completed 19 of 28 passes for 211 yards, with a touchdown and no interceptions. Kansas City also got a solid game from Jamaal Charles, who carried 22 times for 95 yards and a touchdown.

As he has all season, Chargers quarterback Philip Rivers played well — but he didn’t play quite as well as he has for most of this year. Rivers had two touchdowns, but he had just 205 yards, and his interception at the end of the game sealed the Chargers’ loss.

It was a big win for the Chiefs, who improved to 3-3 and showed they still belong in the AFC playoff discussion. And it was a disappointing loss for the Chargers, who fell to 5-2 and will root against the Broncos tonight, as a Denver win takes San Diego that much further from the division lead.

47 responses to “Chiefs upset Chargers in San Diego

  1. See what happens when you reach the part of your schedule where you actually have to play quality teams? No as easy as beating up on scrub teams. The Sparklers are a fluke. Say hello to fighting for a wildcard spot San Diego.

    Other teams fans envy our teams players. Other teams players envy our teams fans. #choochoohawksdynastytrain
    #12thmanisheretostay #dynastybeforeyoureyes #kissthering

  2. Two HUGE catches from Kelce to get into field goal range. I still can’t see why Fat Andy isn’t getting the ball to the guy more often. Up till that point Kelce was only 2 for 9yds.

  3. “Whew!”

    Signed,

    Broncos Fans

    (Joking aside, the Chargers, today aside, scare me- looking forward to Thursday.)

  4. I must have missed the parts of the game where Rivers played well. I saw a pretty average QB who barely completed 50% of his passes and who was bailed out multiple times by questionable holding/PI calls and by his WRs/TEs making some incredible plays.

  5. So who is going to be anointed the best team in the NFL now?
    The Cowboys? The Colts? The Broncos (assuming they beat the 49ers)

    If anybody can figure out the NFL this year, God bless them.

  6. ROFL! Seapigeons fan here talking smack?? You got beat by the RAMS! Not to mention SD earlier in the year.

    #dienastybeforeyoureyes

    Biggest joke is the kissthering hashtag! YOU HAVE ONE! Some dienasty

    Signed a Pats fan

  7. seahawksfansince2013 says:Oct 19, 2014 7:17 PM

    See what happens when you reach the part of your schedule where you actually have to play quality teams? No as easy as beating up on scrub teams. The Sparklers are a fluke. Say hello to fighting for a wildcard spot San Diego.

    Other teams fans envy our teams players. Other teams players envy our teams fans. #choochoohawksdynastytrain
    #12thmanisheretostay #dynastybeforeyoureyes #kissthering
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    So I guess this makes your Seapigeons one of those “scrub teams,” based upon your logic. Well done genius.

  8. Phyllis is pretty average when you put the heat on him. So are the chargers.

    The Chiefs played good today, but not great. It should have been much worse. Overrated as usual.

  9. Andy Reid cannot manage the clock well, win a coach’s challenge or balance the pass:run but dang if he’s not automatic after a bye!

  10. “as a Denver win takes San Diego that much further from the division lead.”

    What… The Broncos are 4-1. I doubt a half game lead (if they win) for first constitutes much ‘distance’.

  11. So now the Chargers aren’t one of the best teams in the league because they lost a game they were expected to win? Are the Patriots? The Seahawks? The Packers? The Ravens?

  12. B2B division games vs teams both coming off a bye. Short week vs. Denver Thursday. I wont say they may have been looking ahead but….

    KC is now 3-3. Same as Cleveland. Lets not get too carried away about a team that won with a 48yd fg in the final 20 seconds.

    Just sayin…..

  13. peymax1693 says:

    So who is going to be anointed the best team in the NFL now?
    The Cowboys? The Colts? The Broncos (assuming they beat the 49ers)

    If anybody can figure out the NFL this year, God bless them.
    =========================================

    The Cowboys, obviously. They were the best team before today.

  14. KC is now 3-3. Same as Cleveland. Lets not get too carried away about a team that won with a 48yd fg in the final 20 seconds.
    ————————————————————-
    The Chiefs were 2 yards away from tying Denver on the road, outplayed the Niners the entire game and just made a few too many self-inflicted mistakes(also on the road), destroyed Tom Brady in prime time and took out a top 5 team in the league on the road. Other then that they’re exactly the same as Cleveland.

  15. bolted4life says: “Considering most of the Chargers player are injured, it was close.”

    HA! You do realize that the Chiefs have lost at least four players to season-ending injuries, including three starters, and a pro-bowl/top-50 player in Derrick Johnson?

    The Bolts lost a bunch of scrub RB’s to injury, and besides, Oliver is playing just fine.

    The problem was Rivers, Gates, Allen, Floyd and all of the other non-injured offensive stars couldn’t do enough today.

    Woo peppermint roll!

  16. I’m trying to figure out the upset part? The Chiefs went to Denver week two and had a chance to tie/win the game and didn’t get the pass within what, 5 yards of the end zone. That was week two with a rebuilt line and big injuries at that point. They then won two and went to San Fransisco and controlled that game until they killed themselves with 12 men on the field. With 4 minutes to go it is not unreasonable to think they could have won but killed themselves with a procedure penalty, not their play. With all the injuries and new players they’ve played good football. Is it because Alex Smith isn’t flashy that they get no respect? Sorry, he just wins games, isn’t that the point?

  17. Tough loss. KC’s defense was game. Rivers was off from the get go, though some of the route running was suspect as well. Tough loss.

  18. Chiefs next two games are at home against the Rams and Jets. Need to take care of business

  19. Chargers D couldnt stop a nose bleed. I know, I was there in the nose bleeds, watching them hemorrhage by getting the ball run down their throats.

  20. The mounting injuries finally took their toll. You can’t expect to win with no starting CBs and 3rd/4th string LBs against a quality opponent. Also, Rivers was just off, throwing over and to the wrong side of his receivers all game.

    Maybe the Chargers will have a job fair to field a team for Thursday’s trip to Denver.

  21. Had doubts about this coaching staff (especially the defense) but now it’s looking better.

    Picking up (9/12/14) and starting Jamell Fleming over Cooper made a world of difference, Cooper shouldn’t even have started last year, especially in the play-offs.
    And inserting Phillip Gaines into the starting line up in this game was also an improvement.

  22. sindiegosage says:
    Oct 20, 2014 7:54 AM

    The mounting injuries finally took their toll. You can’t expect to win with no starting CBs and 3rd/4th string LBs against a quality opponent.

    —-

    KC is playing a second string DE, two second string ILB’ers, a second string Safety, and played a fourth string CB for the vast majority of the game.

    Just sayin’

  23. Florio will move the Chiefs up one spot in the power rankings and the Chargers will drop 10. Watch.

  24. So many wisecracks and conspiracy theories being posted about this.

    Time to come down to earth and get real. Anyone with some common sense know that the Chargers would have won every game since their inception if the whole shebang wasn’t rigged by gangsters. Bob Costa is their henchman (this is a fact)

  25. Chargers soft. Look who they’ve faced. Geno, bortles, Carr, ej Manuel and we can now also see the hawks and Wilson aren’t the same. This team loses 3 straight.

  26. KC fans acting like you won the Superbowl.

    Still gotta play catchup to SD and Denver if you want to even have a chance.

    Uh-no. Just tired of Charger fan excuses. BTW, your Chargers have only beaten one team with a winning record.

    And one of you will be a lot closer Thursday night.

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