4:15 PM ET, November 9, 2008
Qualcomm Stadium, San Diego, CA
SAN DIEGO -- This wasn't about changing defensive coordinators in midseason. It was about making a play that quite possibly saved the San Diego Chargers' season.Burned by a pass interference call and then a touchdown catch by star tight end Tony Gonzalez, strong safety Clinton Hart swatted away Tyler Thigpen's 2-point conversion pass intended for Gonzalez with 23 seconds left to preserve the Chargers' 20-19 win over the lowly but scrappy Kansas City Chiefs on Sunday.
• San Diego has won three of its last four against Kansas City.
• Kansas City TE Tony Gonzalez had 10 receptions for 113 yards and two touchdowns, his first 100-yard receiving game this season.
• Tyler Thigpen passed for 266 yards and three touchdowns in a losing effort. In the last three weeks, Thigpen has 710 passing yards. six TDs and zero interceptions.
• The Chargers snapped a two-game losing streak, while the Chiefs fell to 1-8 with a five-game losing streak.
-- ESPN research
LaDainian Tomlinson passed O.J. Simpson and Corey Dillon for 15th place on the career rushing list at 11,279 yards. He gained 78 yards on 22 carries against the Chiefs. ... Gonzalez tied Hall of Famer and former Charger Kellen Winslow with his 24th career 100-yard receiving game, tops among tight ends.
Team Stat Comparison
3rd down efficiency
4th down efficiency
|Yards per play||5.7||6.3|
Yards per pass
Yards per rush
|TD||03:15||Mark Bradley 30 Yd Pass From Tyler Thigpen (Connor Barth Kick)||7||0|
|FG||14:03||Nate Kaeding 34 Yd||7||3|
|FG||06:47||Nate Kaeding 26 Yd||7||6|
|TD||03:11||Tony Gonzalez 34 Yd Pass From Tyler Thigpen (Two-Point Pass Conversion Failed)||13||6|
|TD||03:43||Malcom Floyd 5 Yd Pass From Philip Rivers (Nate Kaeding Kick)||13||13|
|TD||06:55||Antonio Gates 8 Yd Pass From Philip Rivers (Nate Kaeding Kick)||13||20|
|TD||00:23||Tony Gonzalez 3 Yd Pass From Tyler Thigpen (Two-Point Pass Conversion Failed)||19||20|