Final

Chiefs 14

(3-8, 2-4 away)

Chargers 43

(8-3, 4-2 home)

Coverage: CBS

4:05 PM ET, November 29, 2009

Qualcomm Stadium, San Diego, CA 

1 2 3 4 T
KC 0 7 7 014
SD 7 21 10 543

Top Performers

Passing: P. Rivers (SD) - 317 YDS, 2 TD

Rushing: J. Charles (KC) - 14 CAR, 93 YDS, 1 TD

Receiving: A. Gates (SD) - 7 REC, 118 YDS, 2 TD

LT jumps to 10th on all-time rushing list in Chargers' lopsided win

Associated Press

SAN DIEGO -- The hardest part for Paul Oliver was simply staying on his feet for 40 yards.

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In a play that seemed to sum up the afternoon, the San Diego Chargers safety suddenly found the ball in his hands after the Chiefs' Matt Cassel had it slip out of his, and Oliver turned the fumble recovery into a touchdown.

"It bounced right to me," Oliver said. "It was about as easy of a play as you can make."

The Chargers converted four turnovers into scores in a 43-14 win over Kansas City on Sunday to run their winning streak to six games.

LaDainian Tomlinson scored two touchdowns and moved into 10th on the NFL's all-time rushing list. Philip Rivers threw two touchdown passes to Antonio Gates as the Chargers improved to 8-3.

The Chiefs (3-8) lost a week after stunning the defending Super Bowl champion Pittsburgh Steelers in overtime.

This win came courtesy of a defense that dominated despite losing outside linebacker Shawne Merriman to a foot injury in the second quarter. Cornerback Quentin Jammer had an interception and forced a fumble, and Brandon Siler and rookie Larry English also recovered fumbles.

Fast Facts

• San Diego won its sixth straight game and scored a season-high 43 points.

• LaDainian Tomlinson rushed for 39 yards but had two TDs, giving him 149 for his career. It was his 35th game with two or more rushing scores, second most by a player over the last 50 seasons.

• Tomlinson passed Marcus Allen and Edgerrin James on the all-time rushing list and is 10th with 12,257 career rushing yards.

•Chargers receiver Antonio Gates had his 14th career 100-yard receiving game and scored twice.

• Bloggers' reactions

-- ESPN Stats & Information

The most spectacular play was Oliver's. Cassel dropped back and cocked his arm to throw late in the second quarter and the ball slipped out of his hand. Oliver grabbed it out of the air, bobbled it, gained control, turned and ran 40 yards into the end zone to give the Bolts a 28-7 lead.

"I came around the corner, saw he was about to throw, then the ball popped up, bounced right to me," Oliver said. "All I had to do was run it in. It felt like I was going to fall when I turned around, then I was in the end zone."

It was San Diego's second TD in a span of 20 seconds. Rivers had just thrown a 15-yard scoring pass to Gates to cap a drive set up when Jammer forced a fumble by Jamaal Charles, which Siler recovered at the San Diego 39.

"We put the offense in good field position and really helped them out every way we could. It was a close game for the first half, but then the turnovers took over and we capitalized on all of them," Oliver said.

"You create those plays with an attacking mentality," coach Norv Turner said.

After winning two straight, the Chiefs were knocked back.

Rookie coach Todd Haley said they were looking to take "another baby step."

"But if you turn the ball over it's going to get out of hand quick, which is exactly what happened," he said.

"You can't give a good team that's playing really well right now 28 points off turnovers," Cassel said.

The Chargers' winning streak began with a 37-7 rout at KC on Oct. 25.

"I think we are a pretty good team," Tomlinson said. "I think we can challenge any team and beat any team. I think it shows what kind of a team we really are when we come play like this against a team we are supposed to beat."

Tomlinson began the day 12th on the all-time list with 12,218 yards. He passed Marcus Allen (12,243) on a 5-yard carry in the first quarter and Edgerrin James (12,246) on an 8-yard run in the second.

Tomlinson had 39 yards on 13 carries, giving him 12,257 for his career. Up next is Marshall Faulk in ninth with 12,279 yards.

KC's fourth turnover came early in the third quarter when a shotgun snap went over Cassel's head on third-and-1 from the Chiefs 31 and was recovered by English at the 10. Tomlinson scored on a 3-yard run two plays later to make it 35-7.

San Diego's first touchdown, a 19-yard pass from Rivers to Gates, was set up by Jammer's interception. Gates had seven catches for 118 yards.

The only San Diego TD that didn't come after a turnover was Tomlinson's 1-yard run early in the second quarter. That one was set up when Malcom Floyd hauled in a 53-yard pass from Rivers. Although he appeared to tumble into the end zone with the ball, Floyd was ruled down at the 1.

Chris Chambers, released by the Chargers a month ago and quickly signed by KC, caught a 7-yard touchdown pass to tie the game at 7 in the second quarter. Charles scored on a 4-yard run in the third quarter.

Tomlinson fumbled just as he was about to plow into the end zone early in the fourth quarter. KC cornerback Brandon Flowers caused the fumble and recovered it.

Rivers was 21 of 28 for 317 yards, with no interceptions, for a rating of 135.6. He wasn't sacked.

San Diego's Nate Kaeding kicked a 55-yard field goal in the third quarter, second-longest in club history to his 57-yarder last year at Tampa Bay. He added a 23-yarder in the fourth.

Cassel was 19 of 31 for 178 yards. He was sacked once.

Game notes


Backup QBs Billy Volek of San Diego and Brodie Croyle of KC came in late in the game. ... Merriman (foot) and S Eric Weddle (knee) left in the second quarter and didn't return. Chargers LB Kevin Burnett sustained a concussion. ... Chargers long snapper David Binn, in his 16th season, played in his 250th career regular-season game.

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Team Stat Comparison

 
KC
SD
1st Downs1626
Passing 1st downs
918
Rushing 1st downs
55
1st downs from Penalties
23
3rd down efficiency
3-114-9
4th down efficiency
0-10-0
Total Plays5763
Total Yards284426
Yards per play5.06.8
Total Drives1212
Passing170332
Comp - Att
20-3322-29
Yards per pass
5.211.4
Interceptions thrown
10
Sacks - Yards Lost
1-110-0
Rushing11494
Rushing Attempts
2334
Yards per rush
5.02.8
Red Zone (Made-Att)2-24-6
Penalties5-258-55
Turnovers41
Fumbles lost
31
Interceptions thrown
10
Defensive / Special Teams TDs01
Possession24:4035:20

Passing Leaders

KCC/ATTYDSAVGTDINTSACKS
Cassel19/311785.7111-11
Croyle1/231.5000-0
SDC/ATTYDSAVGTDINTSACKS
Rivers21/2831711.3200-0
Volek1/11515.0000-0

Rushing Leaders

KCCARYDSAVGTDLG
Charles14936.6131
Cassel6223.709
SDCARYDSAVGTDLG
Tomlinson13393.028
Tolbert4194.8011

Receiving Leaders

KCRECYDSAVGTDLGTGTS
Chambers77010.01148
Charles35418.00493
SDRECYDSAVGTDLGTGTS
Gates711816.92227
Floyd38528.30534

Scoring Summary

FIRST QUARTERKCSD
sdTD04:13Antonio Gates 19 Yd Pass From Philip Rivers (Nate Kaeding Kick) 07
SECOND QUARTERKCSD
kcTD10:46Chris Chambers 7 Yd Pass From Matt Cassel (Ryan Succop Kick) 77
sdTD10:05LaDainian Tomlinson 1 Yd Run (Nate Kaeding Kick) 714
sdTD02:52Antonio Gates 15 Yd Pass From Philip Rivers (Nate Kaeding Kick) 721
sdTD02:32Paul Oliver 40 Yd Fumble Return (Nate Kaeding Kick) 728
THIRD QUARTERKCSD
sdTD12:58LaDainian Tomlinson 3 Yd Run (Nate Kaeding Kick) 735
kcTD09:45Jamaal Charles 4 Yd Run (Ryan Succop Kick) 1435
sdFG04:27Nate Kaeding 55 Yd 1438
FOURTH QUARTERKCSD
sdSF12:45PENALTY ON Matt Cassel IN END ZONE 1440
sdFG05:08Nate Kaeding 23 Yd 1443