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NFL Game Summary - San Diego at Kansas City



(Sunday, November 24th)

Final Score: San Diego 41, Kansas City 38

Kansas City, MO (SportsNetwork.com) - Seyi Ajirotutu's 26-yard touchdown catch with 24 seconds left gave the San Diego Chargers a 41-38 win over the Kansas City Chiefs on Sunday.

Ajirotutu beat Sean Smith to the left side of the end zone and caught Philip Rivers' pass as he fell to the ground, representing the eighth combined lead change -- including seven in the second half -- between the AFC West rivals.

It came after Dwayne Bowe's 5-yard touchdown catch at the other end had given the Chiefs a 38-34 lead with 1:22 left.

If was Ajirotutu's third catch of the season and first touchdown since 2010.

"That's one of those you'll never forget, that's for sure," Rivers said of the game. "It was a heck of a team win. It's the kind of win that can save a season."

Rivers completed three straight passes of 12 yards or more on the game-winning 78-yard drive and delivered the winning strike one play after he was sacked for the first time. He threw for 392 yards and three touchdowns, connecting with Ladarius Green on a 60-yard score and Danny Woodhead on an 11-yarder.

Ryan Mathews ran for 55 yards and a touchdown on 14 carries before leaving in the third quarter with a hamstring injury and Keenan Allen had nine catches for 124 yards for the Chargers (5-6), who snapped a three-game losing streak.

"It's been a tough couple weeks. We've had some difficult losses but the true character of our football team came out today," said Chargers coach Mike McCoy. "The great leadership we have and the perseverance we have as a team, it showed today."

Alex Smith passed for 294 yards and three touchdowns for the Chiefs (9-2), who have lost two in a row after going 9-0 to start the season for the first time in 10 years.

Jamaal Charles rushed for 115 yards and two touchdowns on 14 carries and Donnie Avery and Anthony Fasano had touchdown catches in the loss.

"It wasn't enough," said Smith. "We didn't do enough as a team to get it done, so it stings. It's all for naught. ... (But) you get better from it and you learn for the next game, or you can sit and sulk and not move past it. We're 9-2 with a lot of season left. A lot can happen."

The Chargers have beaten the Chiefs three straight times and have won 10 of the last 12 meetings.

The Chiefs, coming off a loss to the Denver Broncos last Sunday night, lost Pro Bowl linebackers Tamba Hali and Justin Houston to injuries in the first half.

Hali was helped off the field by medical staff in the second quarter and was carted to the locker room with an ankle injury. Houston walked off under his own control later in the first half with an elbow injury. The pair combined for 20 sacks coming into the game and will both have MRIs Monday.

The Chiefs hadn't given up 41 points since a 48-3 loss to the Detroit Lions in Week 2 of the 2011 season. They allowed San Diego to gain 491 yards on offense.

"There are a whole lot of things we can from this and that's what we're going to do," said Chiefs coach Andy Reid. "We'll work on getting ourselves better from this."

The Chargers were down 11, but Woodhead scored with 16 seconds left in the first half and Eddie Royal's 54-yard catch on the third play of the second half set up Mathews' 1-yard touchdown run to give them a 17-14 lead.

Three pass interference penalties on the Chargers helped the Chiefs come right back to take the lead. The last was called on cornerback Richard Marshall for holding Fasano in the end zone, setting up Charles' 1-yard touchdown run.

Marcus Gilchrist intercepted Smith's tipped pass and returned it 17 yards to the Kansas City 16 and Woodhead's 3-yard run put the Chargers back on top.

Fasano stretched into the end zone on a 4-yard touchdown catch to make it 28-24 Chiefs, but the Chargers cut it to one on Nick Novak's 30-yard field goal in the fourth quarter. One play earlier, Chiefs safety Quintin Demps dropped an interception in the end zone.

Kansas City responded with Ryan Succop's 25-yard field goal at the other end, restoring its four-point lead, but the Chargers struck back quickly.

Green beat Chiefs corner Brandon Flowers across the middle on his 60-yard touchdown with 7:50 remaining to give the Chargers a 34-31 advantage.

Smith went 5-for-6 on a 55-yard drive, including a screen pass to Charles for 19 yards. Bowe was covered closely by Marcus Gilchrist in the middle of the end zone but caught the back-shoulder pass for the short-lived lead.

Chiefs safety Eric Berry was whistled for a pass interference penalty to take the Chargers to the Kansas City 21-yard line. Berry had the Chiefs's first sack in three weeks on the next play, but Rivers shook it off to throw the game-winning pass.

Earlier, Allen's 29-yard catch-and-run down the left sideline set up Novak's 30-yard field goal for a 3-0 Chargers lead. Smith then completed five of six passes on the next drive and found Avery for a 32-yard touchdown pass, giving the Chiefs a 7-3 lead late in the first quarter.

In the second quarter, Avery got behind Cox again for a 36-yard catch and Charles scored from seven yards on the next play to make it 14-3 Chiefs with 3:03 remaining in the half.

The Chargers responded with Rivers' 11-yard touchdown pass to Woodhead, who burned Chiefs linebacker Dezman Moses down the left side to get open in the end zone and make it 14-10.

Allen had eight catches for 104 yards in the first half.

Game Notes

The Chiefs get the Broncos again next week at home ... The Chargers are home against the Cincinnati Bengals next week ... The Chiefs were without offensive linemen Eric Fisher and Jon Asamoah and defensive lineman Mike DeVito.

11/24 18:09:23 ET

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 2013 American Football Conference Standings 
East Division W L T Pct. PF PA Home Away Div Conf
y-New England 12 4 0 .750 444 338 8-0 4-4 4-2 9-3
NY Jets 8 8 0 .500 290 387 6-2 2-6 3-3 5-7
Miami 8 8 0 .500 317 335 4-4 4-4 2-4 7-5
Buffalo 6 10 0 .375 339 388 4-4 2-6 3-3 5-7
 
North Division W L T Pct. PF PA Home Away Div Conf
y-Cincinnati 11 5 0 .688 430 305 8-0 3-5 3-3 8-4
Pittsburgh 8 8 0 .500 379 370 5-3 3-5 4-2 6-6
Baltimore 8 8 0 .500 320 352 6-2 2-6 3-3 6-6
Cleveland 4 12 0 .250 308 406 3-5 1-7 2-4 3-9
 
South Division W L T Pct. PF PA Home Away Div Conf
y-Indianapolis 11 5 0 .688 391 336 6-2 5-3 6-0 9-3
Tennessee 7 9 0 .438 362 381 3-5 4-4 2-4 6-6
Jacksonville 4 12 0 .250 247 449 1-7 3-5 3-3 4-8
Houston 2 14 0 .125 276 428 1-7 1-7 1-5 2-10
 
West Division W L T Pct. PF PA Home Away Div Conf
y-Denver 13 3 0 .813 606 399 7-1 6-2 5-1 9-3
x-Kansas City 11 5 0 .688 430 305 5-3 6-2 2-4 7-5
x-San Diego 9 7 0 .563 396 348 5-3 4-4 4-2 6-6
Oakland 4 12 0 .250 322 453 3-5 1-7 1-5 4-8
 
x= clinched playoff berth
y= clinched division title
 2013 National Football Conference Standings 
East Division W L T Pct. PF PA Home Away Div Conf
y-Philadelphia 10 6 0 .625 442 382 4-4 6-2 4-2 9-3
Dallas 8 8 0 .500 439 432 5-3 3-5 5-1 7-5
NY Giants 7 9 0 .438 294 383 4-4 3-5 3-3 6-6
Washington 3 13 0 .188 334 478 2-6 1-7 0-6 1-11
 
North Division W L T Pct. PF PA Home Away Div Conf
y-Green Bay 8 7 1 .531 417 428 4-3-1 4-4 3-2-1 6-5-1
Chicago 8 8 0 .500 445 478 5-3 3-5 2-4 4-8
Detroit 7 9 0 .438 395 376 4-4 3-5 4-2 6-6
Minnesota 5 10 1 .344 391 480 5-3 0-7-1 2-3-1 4-7-1
 
South Division W L T Pct. PF PA Home Away Div Conf
y-Carolina 12 4 0 .750 366 241 7-1 5-3 5-1 9-3
x-New Orleans 11 5 0 .688 414 304 8-0 3-5 5-1 9-3
Atlanta 4 12 0 .250 353 443 3-5 1-7 1-5 3-9
Tampa Bay 4 12 0 .250 288 389 3-5 1-7 1-5 2-10
 
West Division W L T Pct. PF PA Home Away Div Conf
y-Seattle 13 3 0 .813 417 231 7-1 6-2 4-2 10-2
x-San Francisco 12 4 0 .750 406 272 6-2 6-2 5-1 9-3
Arizona 10 6 0 .625 379 324 6-2 4-4 2-4 6-6
St. Louis 7 9 0 .438 348 364 5-3 2-6 1-5 4-8
 
x= clinched playoff berth
y= clinched division title
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Scoreboard
Local
Final
CHR 2
DUR 9
 
7:00pm Tonight
CHA
CHI
 
7:05pm Tonight
DUR
NOR
 
7:05pm Tuesday
PHI 0
ATL 0
7:05pm Tuesday
NYY 0
CHC 0
7:05pm Tuesday
BAL 0
TAM 0
7:08pm Tuesday
DET 0
CLE 0
Final
CIN 7
PIT 5
Final
MIA 11
WAS 2
Final
TEX 5
SEA 0
Final
CWS 2
BOS 1
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HOU 2
KAN 4
Final
MIL 1
STL 6
Final
MIN 3
TOR 9
Final
ARI 0
NYM 9
Final
ANA 9
OAK 10
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SDP 2
COL 3
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SFG 3
LOS 2
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CIN
PIT
12:35pm Today
BAL
TAM
 
1:05pm Today
NYY
CHC
 
1:10pm Today
MIL
STL
 
3:40pm Today
ARI
NYM
 
7:05pm Tonight
PHI
ATL
 
7:05pm Tonight
NYY
CHC
 
7:08pm Tonight
DET
CLE
 
7:10pm Tonight
MIA
WAS
 
8:05pm Tonight
TEX
SEA
 
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CWS
BOS
 
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HOU
KAN
 
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MIN
TOR
 
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OAK
 
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COL
 
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LOS
 
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BRK 98
NYK 109
Final
LAC 117
DEN 105
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CHA
CHI
 
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IND
 
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MIL
ATL
 
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CLE
BRK
 
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MEM
DAL
 
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OKC
DET
 
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NOP
HOU
 
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SAN
LAL
 
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MIA
PHI
 
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NYK
TOR
 
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MIN
UTA
 
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BOS
WAS
 
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DEN
GSW
 
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POR
LAC
 
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SAC
PHO
 
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TAM
MON
7:30pm Tonight
PIT
CLB
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ANA
DAL
Final
CHR 2
DUR 9
 
7:05pm Tonight
DUR
NOR