Chiefs vs Chargers - Game 13

Posted Dec 7, 2010


CBS Regional Coverage
KCTV5 (CBS in Kansas City)
Play-by-play: Gus Johnson - Color Commentator: Steve Tasker

National Radio Coverage
Westwood One
Play-by-play: Howard David Color Commentator: Tony Boselli

Chiefs FOX Football Radio Network
KCFX-FM (101.1 FM in Kansas City)
Play-by-play: Mitch Holthus Color Commentator: Len Dawson Sideline Reporter: Kendall Gammon

The Chiefs will continue their quest for AFC West supremacy when Kansas City visits San Diego on Sunday (12/12). The Chiefs (8-4) currently sit atop the division standings and are seeking to construct the club’s first four-game winning streak since 2004 after registering a 10-6 win vs. Denver (12/5). Kansas City is seeking to record its first nine-win campaign since 2006.

The Chargers had a four-game winning streak snapped with a 28-13 loss vs. Oakland (12/5). Kansas City registered a 21-14 victory on Monday Night Football vs. San Diego (9/13), ending San Diego’s stretch of 11 consecutive regular season wins. Two of the NFL’s top scoring clubs will square off in this contest. The Chiefs are averaging 24.6 ppg to rank ninth in the league, while the Chargers are third at 26.9 ppg. The Chiefs have allowed 13.9 ppg in their eight victories and have permitted 14.3 ppg during their three-game victory string. Kansas City is ninth in the NFL in scoring offense (24.6 ppg) and is tied for ninth in scoring defense (19.8 ppg), joining Atlanta, Green Bay and New Orleans as the only other clubs to rank in the NFL’s top 10 in both categories.

The Chiefs are tied with New England for the league’s fewest giveaways at nine and currently lead the NFL in rushing (175.2 ypg) and rushing differential ( 73.3 ypg). The Chargers lead the NFL in total defense (281.5 ypg) and are second in total offense (397.4 ypg). Two of the league’s most efficient passers will square off on Sunday. Chiefs QB Matt Cassel has 23 TDs and four INTs, the NFL’s second-best TD/INT differential behind QB Tom Brady ( 23). That 19 TD/ INT differential is tied with QB Steve DeBerg (’90) for the best seasonal mark in Chiefs history. On the season, only Brady (109.5) has a better passer rating in the AFC than Chargers QB Philip Rivers (102.5) and Cassel (98.4). Cassel has thrown 158 consecutive passes without an INT, the NFL’s third-longest streak behind Brady (228) and Green Bay QB Aaron Rodgers (177).

WR Dwayne Bowe owns an NFL-high 14 TD receptions and needs 115 more yards to become the fifth player in franchise annals with multiple 1,000-yard receiving seasons. Bowe and RB Jamaal Charles (1,021 yards) would be just the third 1,000-yard WR/RB tandem in franchise history. RB Thomas Jones (9.982) needs 18 more yards to become the 25th player in NFL history to hit the 10,000-yard rushing plateau. Charles and Jones (765 yards) are the only pair of teammates that have 750 or more ground yards on the season.

Next week Kansas City renews its Governor’s Cup rivalry with a trip to St. Louis (12/19), while San Diego hosts San Francisco (12/16).

Kansas City holds a 51-49-1 (.510) all-time advantage over San Diego in regular and postseason play. All 51 of those victories against San Diego have come in regular season play. The only teams the Chiefs have defeated more frequently are Denver (55) and Oakland (52).

The Chiefs opened the 2010 campaign with a 21-14 win against the Chargers on Monday Night Football in the first regular season contest at the New Arrowhead (9/13). WR Dexter McCluster registered a 94-yard punt return TD in that game, while RB Jamaal Charles posted a 56-yard TD run. That victory snapped a five game Chargers winning streak over Kansas City. In 2009, the Chargers claimed a pair of victories over the Chiefs, a 37-7 decision at Arrowhead (10/25/09) and a 43-14 victory at Qualcomm Stadium (11/29/09). The Chiefs most recent victory in San Diego was a 30-16 decision (9/30/07).

The home team has won 20 of the last 29 games in this series dating back to ’96. San Diego holds a 10-5 (.667) advantage over the Chiefs in San Diego since ’95, including the last two contests at Qualcomm Stadium. Kansas City owns an 11-5 (.688) record against the Chargers at Arrowhead dating back to ’95.

Chiefs-Chargers matchups are traditionally closely-contested battles. Excluding one tie between the two teams, a total of 12 games in this series have been decided by exactly one point, including two games in 2008. Those 12 one-point games are the most of any series in the league since ’60. Dating back to 2000, 12 of the 21 contests have been decided by seven points or less. The teams are deadlocked at 6-6 in those contests.

The Chiefs and Chargers have met just one time in postseason play. San Diego claimed a win in the lone playoff tilt between the two clubs, registering a 17-0 victory in a ’92 AFC Wild Card Playoff Game at San Diego (1/2/93).

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