San Diego, CA (Sports Network) - Philip Rivers had two touchdown passes as the
San Diego Chargers notched a 31-0 win over the Kansas City Chiefs in an AFC
With the win, San Diego (7-6) moved to one game back of Kansas City (8-5) for
the top spot in the division. San Diego's final three games are against San
Francisco, Cincinnati and Denver, all sub-.500 teams, while the Chiefs face
St. Louis, Tennessee and Oakland, three teams also with losing records.
"We knew coming in what's ahead of us, but I said it last Monday that we had
to win this one first," said Rivers."
Rivers finished the contest 18-for-24 with 226 yards, one interception and a
lost fumble, while Matt Tolbert and Ryan Mathews each had a rushing touchdown
as the Chargers won for the fifth time in the last six games. Malcolm Floyd
caught both touchdown passes and finished the game with four catches for 51
"Any time you can run the ball for 200 yards and hold the other team is held
to under 50 yards you're usually going to win ," said San Diego head coach
Norv Turner. "We played a really solid game out there and I'm proud of all the
guys, but there's still a lot of work to do."
Brodie Croyle started in place of Matt Cassel, who underwent an appendectomy
on Wednesday and was ruled out on Saturday. Croyle was just 7-for-17 with 40
yards to fall to 0-10 as a starter as the Chiefs had a three-game winning
"It got out of reach there pretty fast and we didn't execute at all," said
Croyle. "We just did not play well out there and have to put this behind us."
Kansas City's offense was stymied all day as it managed just 67 yards and
five first downs. The only time the Chiefs were in San Diego territory was
when Tamba Hali recovered a Rivers fumble at the San Diego 37 in the third
"We have to see this game for what it is," said Kansas City head coach Todd
Haley. "We have to understand that San Diego clearly played better than us, it
wasn't even close. We didn't do enough to win in too many areas today."
The Chargers took the lead on their first touch of the game. The 10-play, 67-
yard march was capped on a leaping grab at the right side of the end zone from
Floyd for a 17-yard score with 5:33 left in the first. San Diego converted
three third downs on the march.
Kansas City was held to three-and-outs on its next two series, and San Diego
took a 14-0 lead on its first possession of the second quarter. Facing a 3rd-
and-9 at his own 44, Rivers found Vincent Jackson for 19 yards. Four plays
later, Tolbert went around the left end and into the end zone for an eight-
yard score with 6:47 left in the first half.
The Chiefs got the ball near midfield, but were forced to punt, and San Diego
took a 21-0 lead with 40 seconds left when Floyd made a diving catch in the
left corner of the end zone from nine yards out.
San Diego started the second half with the ball and got into Kansas City
territory, but Rivers was picked off by Eric Berry. However, the Chiefs were
unable to move the ball and had to punt.
Rivers fumbled as he was sacked on a 3rd-and-4 and Kansas City recovered at
the San Diego 37, but again the team was unable to take advantage of the
turnover and had to punt.
After another exchange of punts, the Chargers went on a 10-play, 42-yard drive
and sealed the win on a 48-yard field goal from Nate Kaeding for a 24-0 lead
with 8:25 to play.
Mathews capped the scoring with a 15-yard touchdown run with just over three
minutes to play.
It was the first time that the Chargers blanked the Chiefs in the regular
season. San Diego did post a 17-0 win over Kansas City in a wild-card playoff
game in the 1992 season...The Chargers totaled 426 yards of offense with 25
first downs and controlled the ball for over 40 minutes...It was San Diego's
first shutout of an opponent since a blanking of the Raiders in Oakland
on September 11, 2006...The Chargers have won six of the last seven
against the Chiefs...Kansas City running back Jamaal Charles, who
reportedly agreed to a six-year deal worth $32.5 million on Friday, had 10
carries for 40 yards...Tolbert finished with 16 carries for 66 yards while
Mathews had 16 touches for 65 yards...San Diego had four sacks in the
game...It was the first time Kansas City had been blanked since a 34-0
loss at Carolina on October 5, 2008.
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