GAME RECAP: CHARGERS SHOCK CHIEFS BEHIND RIVERS BIG DAY - Philip Rivers threw for 392 yards and three touchdowns, the final one a 26-yarder to Seyi Ajirotutu with 24 seconds remaining, to give San Diego a 41-38 victory over the Kansas City Chiefs on Sunday and end the Chargers’ three-game losing streak.
The Chiefs had taken the lead when Alex Smith hit Dwayne Bowe in tight coverage for a go-ahead score with 1:22 left. But the Chargers (5-6) still had two timeouts, and they used both of them to quickly move downfield. Ajirotutu’s TD was just his third catch of the season.
It also represented the eighth and final lead change in the game.
Smith threw for 292 yards and three touchdowns for the Chiefs, who dropped their second straight after a 9-0 start. They also lost top pass rusher Tamba Hali and Justin Houston to injuries and now have to turn their attention to the Denver Broncos next week.
SAN DIEGO CHARGERS
P. Rivers: 27/39 392YDS 3TD 0INT
R. Mathews: 14CAR 55YDS 3.9AVG 1TD
D. Woodhead: 6CAR 25YDS 4.2AVG 1TD
K. Allen: 9REC 124YDS 13.8AVG 0TD
E. Royal: 4REC 87YDS 21.8AVG 0TD
KANSAS CITY CHIEFS
A. Smith: 26/38 294YDS 3TD 1INT
J. Charles: 14CAR 115YDS 8.2AVG 2TD
K. Davis: 1CAR 3YDS 3AVG 0TD
D. Avery: 4REC 91YDS 22.8AVG 1TD
D. McCluster: 7REC 59YDS 8.4AVG 0TD
PHILIP RIVERS NAMED AFC OFFENSIVE PLAYER OF THE WEEK FOR SECOND TIME IN THREE WEEKS - The NFL has named San Diego Chargers quarterback Philip Rivers the AFC’s Offensive Player of the Week for the second time this season. Rivers threw for 401 yards and three touchdowns in the 30-21 win over the Dallas Cowboys on Sunday.
In Week two of this season, Rivers won the award after completing 36-of-47 passes, with three touchdowns and no interceptions for a passer rating of 124.3 in the road win at Philadelphia.
Before that, Rivers had not won the award since 2008. For the season, Rivers has thrown for 1,199 yards, 11 touchdowns and just two interceptions. His 118.8 passer rating is second in the NFL to Broncos quarterback Peyton Manning (138.0). (Photo: Associated Press)
Chargers. Y U DO DIS TO ME.
PHILIP RIVERS NAMED AFC OFFENSIVE PLAYER OF THE WEEK - San Diego Chargers quarterback Philip Rivers has been named the AFC’s Offensive Player of the Week.
Rivers, who threw for 419 yards on 36-of-47 passing with three touchdowns — all to… Eddie Royal, was 4-of-5 for 48 yards on the Chargers’ final drive before Nick Novak booted through a go-ahead 46-yard field goal with seven seconds left to lift the Chargers past the Philadelphia Eagles, 33-30, on Sunday.
Rivers was just 1-of-7 for eight yards with an interception in the fourth quarter against Houston Monday, but was 12-of-16 for 113 yards in the final frame against Philly. (Photo: USA Today Sports)
DID YOU KNOW?
San Diego Chargers RB LaDainian Tomlinson set 2 NFL records in 2006. Tomlinson amassed 186 points that year to surpass the record of 176 points set by Paul Hornung in 1960. He also broke the record for touchdowns scored in a season with 31 (28 rushing & 3 receiving).
Happy 62nd Birthday to former Chargers & Pro Football Hall of Fame QB Dan Fouts – the 1st player in NFL history to throw for 4,000 yards in 3 straight seasons.
- FORMER ALL-PRO RB CHUCK MUNCIE DIES AT 60 - Former San Diego Chargers running back Chuck Muncie has died of a heart attack, ESPN’s NFL Insider Adam Schefter reports. Muncie was 60-years-old.
Muncie was the third overall pick in the 1976 NFL draft by the New Orleans Saints, and he was later traded to the San Diego Chargers.
In nine seasons, Muncie finished with 6,702 rushing yards and 74 total touchdowns while appearing in three Pro Bowls.
Muncie’s career was cut short after he was suspended for the entire 1984 season after testing positive for cocaine. Muncie attempted a comeback in 1985 with the Vikings, but abruptly retired to get his life back on track and battle is cocaine addiction.
In 1989, Muncie was sentenced to 18 months in prison for selling cocaine, but he turned his life around after his release, working with children and adult addicts, while also counseling gang members to get out of the life.
The Chuck Muncie Youth Foundation, a nonprofit established in 1997, counseled youths and offered alternatives to gangs. It also paid for a tattoo-removal program for gang members. Muncie also mentored athletes at the University of California, his alma mater.
Muncie eventually did get back on track, and he credited his life change to a renewed focus on community service and selflessness.
“I’m a very selfish person,” Muncie told the Los Angeles Times in 2008, “and I like to feel good. One way I could make myself feel good was by helping other people. I learned, over a period of time, that was something that worked for me.” (Photo: George Rose/Getty Images)