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NFL: Rivers, defenders star as Chargers rip Chiefs

The San Diego QB threw two touchdown passes and San Diego’s defence scored twice on turnovers last night.

San Diego Chargers quarterback Philip Rivers throws a pass against the Kansas City Chiefs during the first half.
San Diego Chargers quarterback Philip Rivers throws a pass against the Kansas City Chiefs during the first half.
Image: (AP Photo/Denis Poroy)

PHILIP RIVERS THREW two touchdown passes and San Diego’s defence scored twice on turnovers as the Chargers routed visiting Kansas City 31-13 last night.

The Chargers improved to 4-4, hot on the heels of AFC West division leader Denver (4-3), while the Chiefs suffered their fifth loss in a row, sliding to 1-7 with 28 turnovers, the most by any team halfway into a season in 15 years.

Rivers threw a 14-yard touchdown pass to Antonio Gates in the first quarter to open the scoring and flipped a 13-yard touchdown toss to Malcom Floyd early in the fourth quarter to give the Chargers a 17-6 lead with 11:33 remaining.

San Diego then sealed the victory with two defensive touchdowns in a span of only 2:06.

Shaun Phillips, making his 100th NFL start, recovered a fumble in the end zone to stretch the Chargers’ lead and Demorrio Williams returned an interception 59 yards for another touchdown to give San Diego a 31-6 edge. Shaun Draughn ran six yards for a Kansas City touchdown with 4:26 to play but it was too little and far too late.

- © AFP, 2012

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