Charge Complete: Chargers fall to 0-3, lose to Chiefs

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Kansas City Chiefs quarterback Alex Smith (11) is sacked by Los Angeles Chargers defensive end Joey Bosa, bottom and defensive end Corey Liuget (94) during the first half of an NFL football game, Sunday, Sept. 24, 2017, in Carson, Calif. (AP Photo/Mark J. Terrill)

The Los Angeles Chargers entered Sunday’s contest with the Kansas City Chiefs in search of their first win of the season. However, in what has been the summary of their season thus far, they came up short. Instead, the Bolts lost to the Chiefs 24-10 at StubHub Center, falling to 0-3 on the season.

Chargers quarterback Philip Rivers had an uncharacteristically poor showing on Sunday, and it cost the Chargers dearly. Rivers threw three first-half interceptions, which led to 17 of Kansas City’s 24 points. Rivers was intercepted on the game’s first possession by Chiefs cornerback Terrance Mitchell at the Chargers’ 43-yard line. Just four plays later, Chiefs quarterback Alex Smith connected with wide receiver Tyreek Hill on a 30-yard touchdown strike.

The Chargers second possession wasn’t much better than the first. Rivers threw his second interception in as many drives. This time, Pro Bowl cornerback Marcus Peters was the one to intercept him. The turnover led to a six-yard shovel pass by Smith to wide receiver Albert Wilson for the touchdown. In what seemed like the blink of an eye, the Bolts trailed 14-0.

Although they were down by two touchdowns, the Bolts showed some resilience. They responded with a nine-play, 89-yard drive, which culminated in an 11-yard touchdown run by running back Melvin Gordon. Gordon was one of the few offensive bright spots for Los Angeles. He rushed for 78 yards on 15 carries (5.2 yards per carry) in the first half.

The momentum, however, would be short-lived. Early in the second quarter, Rivers threw his second interception to Mitchell and his third of the game. While the Bolts defense managed to keep the Chiefs out of the end zone, Kansas City converted on a 34-yard field goal by kicker Cairo Santos. The Chiefs increased their lead to 17-7. Embattled Chargers kicker, Younghoe Koo, would add a 29-yard field goal to cut the Chiefs’ lead to 17-10 at the half. The Bolts would not score again in the game.

For much of the second half, it seemed like a game of point/counterpoint; only without the points. Each team would threaten, only to see their drives end in disappointment. However, after a scoreless third quarter, Kansas City sealed the game in the fourth quarter with a 69-yard touchdown rush by Hunt.

Defensive end Melvin Ingram led the Chargers with three sacks. Wide receiver Travis Benjamin caught five passes for 105 yards. Rivers finished the game 20-of-39 for 237 yards. However, the three interceptions proved to be too costly. As a result, the team is still in search of its first win of the 2017 season.

A Show of Unity

In a self-described display of team unity, Chargers Owner and Chairman of the Board Dean Spanos locked arms with the players during the singing of the National Anthem.

Next Up:

The Chargers (0-3) wrap-up their three-game homestand next Sunday, Oct. 1st, against the Philadelphia Eagles (2-1). Kickoff is at 1:05 p.m. PT, and will be broadcast on Fox.

Mike D’Abate is the Managing Editor for cover32.com/Chargers and covers the Los Angeles Chargers. He is also a National Content Writer for cover32.com and covers the NFL.
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