MNF: Chiefs Take Charge in OT

(4-3) Chiefs 23 Chargers 20 (4-3)

In a very exciting Monday Night Football matchup the Kansas City Chiefs defeated the San Diego Chargers 23-20 in OT.

After a one yard Jackie Battle touchdown run, the Chiefs took a 20-12 lead over the San Diego Chargers.  On San Diego’s next drive Philip Rivers took his team down the field and connected with rookie running back Curtis Brinkley on several key plays.  First, Rivers hooked up with Brinkley on a 24 yard pass play to move the Chargers to the 1-yard line.  The reception was the first of Brinkley’s career.  On the next play Brinkley took the handoff, leaped over the pile and extended the football across the goal-line for his first career touchdown.  Down 20-18, San Diego went for two, and Rivers again completed a pass to Curtis Brinkley who extended the ball over the goal-line for the conversion.  After a Kansas City three and out, Rivers led another Chargers scoring drive while milking the clock.  With the Chargers seemingly in position to score, Philip Rivers fumbled a snap from center and the Chiefs recovered with 40 seconds remaining.  On the Chief’s final possession of regulation, Matt Cassel advanced the Chiefs to midfield before being picked off by Eric Weddle.

After forcing a Chargers three and out to start the overtime period, the Chiefs took the ball and marched down the field to the San Diego 11-yard line.  Chiefs kicker Ryan Succop came on to kick a game winning 30-yard field goal.  The victory pulls the resurgent Chiefs into a three-way tie a top the AFC West with the Chargers and Raiders.

Matt Cassel led the Kansas City offensive attack going 19/32 with 261 yards, 1 touchdown and 2 interceptions.  Jackie Battle led the ground attack with 70 rushing yards and a touchdown.  Chiefs rookie WR Jonathan Baldwin caught 5 passes for 82 yards and a touchdown.  Chargers QB Philip Rivers passed for 369 yards but did not score a touchdown, threw 2 interceptions, and had one costly fumble.  Rivers was seen muttering the words, “worst day of my life” after fumbling a snap late in regulation.

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