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Chargers Score Twice Off Turnovers, Hand Chiefs 5th Straight Loss
Regular Season Game #8

Eric Berry
Chiefs safety Eric Berry intercepted Drew Brees in the 2nd quarter.
Nov. 1- Norv Turner can breathe a little easier after his San Diego Chargers rediscovered the end zone and ended a three-game losing streak.

Romeo Crennel, though, surely will feel the heat after his Kansas City Chiefs committed four more turnovers and lost their fifth straight game.

Antonio Gates caught a 14-yard scoring pass from Philip Rivers on the game's opening drive to snap a streak of six straight quarters without a touchdown, and the Chargers went on to a 31-13 victory over the staggering Chiefs on Thursday night.

Turner had been heavily criticized by fans after the Chargers (4-4) blew double-digit, second-half leads in losses to New Orleans and Denver, and then lost 7-6 at Cleveland on Sunday.

At the start of halftime Thursday night, some fans in one end zone unfurled a big yellow banner that read: "Mr. Spanos, please fire A.J. & Norv."

Team president Dean Spanos decided in January to bring back both Turner and general manager A.J. Smith even though the Chargers missed the playoffs for the second straight year.

Rivers, who looked shaky during the losing streak, did his part by completing 18-of-20 passes -- a career-best 90 percent -- for 220 yards and two touchdowns, with one interception. Rivers also threw a 13-yard TD pass to Malcom Floyd early in the fourth quarter.

The Chiefs' four turnovers ran their NFL-high mark to a staggering 29, which have led to 104 points.

The Chiefs (1-7) still haven't led in regulation this season. Their only victory came when Ryan Succop kicked the winning field goal against the Saints in overtime.

With the Chiefs trailing 17-6, Matt Cassel fumbled as he was sacked by San Diego's Jarret Johnson in the end zone, and Shaun Phillips recovered for a touchdown early in the fourth quarter. On the next drive, Cassel's high pass deflected off Dexter McCluster's hands and was intercepted by Demorrio Williams, who returned it 59 yards for a touchdown.

Williams, who played for the Chiefs the last four seasons, forced a fumble in the first quarter.

The Chiefs had six turnovers in a 37-20 home loss to the Chargers on Sept. 30.

In just 2 minutes, 9 seconds, the Chargers' defense scored as many touchdowns as the offense has in 10 quarters.

Gates' first-quarter score was San Diego's first touchdown since the star tight end caught an 11-yard pass in the first half against Denver on Oct. 15. That score gave San Diego a 24-0 lead, but Peyton Manning rallied the Broncos to a 35-24 win.

The Chargers got only two field goals from Nick Novak in the loss at Cleveland, their third straight defeat.

After San Diego scored on the opening drive, Kansas City went on a 17-play drive, converting four third downs, but Dwayne Bowe fumbled after a 10-yard reception. Williams caused the fumble and Quentin Jammer recovered.

Bowe's fumble set up Novak's 25-yard field goal with 9:10 left in the second quarter.

After Kansas City decided not to go for it on fourth-and-1 from the San Diego 31, Succop kicked a 49-yard field goal with 2:51 left before halftime.

The Chargers had a third-and-goal from the 1 in the closing seconds of the half when Rivers was intercepted by Eric Berry.

Succop had a 41-yard field goal in the third quarter.

Individual Statistics
Kansas City Passing:
Matt Cassel 19 of 29 for 181 yards and 1 interception

San Diego Passing:
Philip Rivers 18 of 20 for 220 yards, 2 touchdowns and 1 interception

Kansas City Rushing:
Jamaal Charles 12 carries for 39 yards
Matt Cassel 6 carries for 37 yards
Dexter McCluster 4 carries for 17 yards
Peyton Hillis 7 carries for 14 yards
Shaun Draughn 1 carry for 6 yards and 1 touchdown

San Diego Rushing:
Ryan Mathews 13 carries for 67 yards
Ronnie Brown 6 carries for 38 yards
Jackie Battle 4 carries for 20 yards
Le'Ron McClain 1 carry for 0 yards
Philip Rivers 2 carries for -2 yards

Kansas City Receiving:
Dwayne Bowe 8 receptions for 79 yards
Jamaal Charles 3 receptions for 27 yards
Shaun Draughn 2 receptions for 21 yards
Dexter McCluster 2 receptions for 17 yards
Steve Breaston 2 receptions for 17 yards
Jon Baldwin 1 reception for 13 yards
Peyton Hillis 1 reception for 7 yards

San Diego Receiving:
Ronnie Brown 5 receptions for 35 yards
Malcom Floyd 4 receptions for 48 yards and 1 touchdown
Danario Alexander 3 receptions for 61 yards
Antonio Gates 3 receptions for 43 yards and 1 touchdown
Ryan Mathews 2 reception for 5 yards
Seyi Ajirotutu 1 reception for 28 yards

Kansas City Tackles-Assists-Sacks:
Javier Arenas 8-1-0, Tamba Hali 6-3-1, Justin Houston 6-3-0, Eric Berry 6-2-0, Derrick Johnson 4-1-0, Ropati Pitoitua 2-2-0, Jovan Belcher 3-0-0, Travis Daniels 1-1-0, Dontari Poe 0-2-0, Glenn Dorsey 1-0-0, Kendrick Lewis 1-0-0, Brandon Flowers 1-0-0, Abram Elam 1-0-0, Tyson Jackson 1-0-0, Allen Bailey 0-1-0

San Diego Tackles-Assists-Sacks:
Donald Butler 9-0-0, Eric Weddle 7-0-0, Atari Bigby 3-3-0, Marcus Gilchrist 5-0-0, Takeo Spikes 2-3-0, Antoine Cason 4-0-0, Corey Liuget 3-1-0, Quentin Jammer 3-1-0, Melvin Ingram 2-1-0, Jarret Johnson 2-0-1, Demorrio Williams 2-0-0, Aubrayo Franklin 2-0-0, Vaughn Martin 0-2-0, Antonio Garay 0-2-0, Shaun Phillips 1-0-0, Cam Thomas 1-0-0, Shareece Wright 1-0-0, Antwan Barnes 1-0-0, Corey Lynch 0-1-0, Kendall Reyes 0-1-0

Kansas City Fumble Recoveries:
Cory Greenwood 1 for 0 yards

San Diego Fumble Recoveries:
Quentin Jammer 1 for 0 yards
Shaun Phillips 1 for 0 yards and 1 touchdown
Darrell Stuckey 1 for 0 yards

Kansas City Interceptions:
Eric Berry 1 for 0 yards

San Diego Interceptions:
Demorrio Williams 1 for 59 yards and 1 touchdown

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