San Diego 20, Kansas City 17

Sunday, September 25, 2011 4:05 PM
WHEN: 4:05 PM EST, Sunday, September 25, 2011
WHERE: Qualcomm Stadium, San Diego, California

Final Scoring Summary

Final 1 2 3 4 Total
Kansas City 0 0 7 10 17
San Diego 0 10 7 3 20

Team Records

Team W/L Home Away Streak
Kansas City 0-3 0-1 0-2 L3
San Diego 2-1 2-0 0-1 W1


Ryan Mathews rushed for two touchdowns as the host San Diego Chargers held off a late charge to defeat the injury-ravaged Kansas City Chiefs 20-17 on Sunday.

Mathews finished with 149 yards, including 98 on the ground. His 4-yard run in the third quarter gave San Diego (2-1) a 17-7 lead.

Matt Cassel tried to bring the Chiefs back with a pair of touchdown passes, including a 1-yarder to tight end Leonard Pope with 4:58 left.

After Kansas City stopped San Diego on fourth-and-inches at the Chiefs 34 with 1:26 to go, Cassel was intercepted by Eric Weddle at the San Diego 49 with 55 seconds left.

Kansas City (0-3) played its first full game without All-Pro Jamaal Charles, who was lost for the season last week with a torn ACL. Dexter McCluster led the Chiefs with 45 rushing yards.

Cassel finished with 176 yards after totaling 256 in his first two games. Dwayne Bowe had 67 receiving yards and a touchdown before leaving in the fourth quarter with an injury.

Despite two more interceptions by Philip Rivers – he has six this season – the Chargers won for the sixth time in the last seven meetings with Kansas City.

The Chiefs were also without tight end Tony Moeaki (preseason) and Pro Bowl safety Eric Berry (Week 1) – they are also out for the season with torn left ACLs.

Chargers Pro Bowl tight end Antonio Gates did not play because of a foot injury.

Top Game Performances

Kansas City   San Diego
Dexter McCluster Player Ryan Mathews
9 Attempts 21
45 Yards 98
5.0 Avg Yards 4.7
0 Touchdowns 2
16 Long 14
Kansas City   San Diego
Dwayne Bowe Player Vincent Jackson
4 Receptions 5
67 Yards 63
16.8 Avg Yards 12.6
1 Touchdowns 0
23 Long 20

Team Stats Summary

  Yards Scoring Defense
Team Tot Rus Pas TD FG INT Sacks FF
Kansas City 252 81 171 2 1 2 2.0 2
San Diego 375 117 258 2 2 1 1.0 1

Upcoming Games

  • San Diego will play their next game at home against Miami . The Chargers have a W/L % of .667 after a win and .667 after a loss.
  • Kansas City will play their next game at home against Minnesota. The Chiefs have a W/L % of .000 after a win and .000 after a loss.