Defensive tackle Dontari Poe sparked the Chiefs with a one-yard, rushing offensive touchdown as Kansas City defeated the San Diego Chargers, 33-3, from Qualcomm Stadium in San Diego, California.
It was the fourth-consecutive victory for the Chiefs who improved to 5-5 on the season.
On second-and-6 from the Kansas City 33-yard line, quarterback Alex Smith hit running back Charcandrick West for a 47-yard gain into Chargers territory. Smith and the offense worked the ball to the Chargers 1-yard line, but a West run was stuffed on third down. Head coach Andy Reid opted to go for it on fourth down and brought in Poe for the attempt.
Poe scored a touchdown to give the Chiefs the 6-0 lead. After an illegal use of hands penalty, the extra point was backed up to a 43-yard try, which was missed by kicker Cairo Santos.
The Chargers responded with a 52-yard field goal from K Josh Lambo to make it 6-3, but Santos hit a 28-yarder and a 24-yarder in the second quarter to make it 12-3 Chiefs lead headed into halftime.
Smith set the franchise record for most pass attempts without throwing an interception in the first half.
The Chiefs extended their lead in the second half with 3 touchdowns. First, linebacker Justin Houston picked off Philip Rivers and returned the ball 16 yards for a touchdown.
After West left the game with a hamstring injury, Spencer Ware entered the game and had 2 touchdowns rushing for the Chiefs in the fourth quarter. Ware finished the game with 11 carries for 96 yards rushing.
LB Derrick Johnson led the team with 9 total tackles. LB Tamba Hali had 2 sacks and LB Josh Mauga had 1 sack.
Smith finished 20 for 25 for 253 yards passing, no touchdowns and no interceptions.
Wide receiver De'Anthony Thomas suffered a concussion in the first quarter and did not return.
The Chiefs return to Arrowhead Stadium next Sunday, November 29, to take on the Buffalo Bills at Noon Central Time.
Photos from the Chiefs Week 11 matchup against the Chargers