It was on Halloween night at Arrowhead Stadium, and the Chargers were at the Kansas City 15 with less than a minute left on the clock. The game was tied, kicker Nick Novak was limbered up on the sideline, and quarterback Philip Rivers crouched under center and asked for the snap.
Past results: Two most recent meetings — Sept. 25, 2011: Chargers 20, Chiefs 17; Oct. 31, 2011: Chiefs 23, Chargers 20 (OT). Sunday’s matchup marks the 105th meeting between the two teams. Series record: Kansas City holds a narrow 52-51-1 edge, although San Diego has won seven of the last nine meetings. At Arrowhead, the Chiefs have won six of the last 10 and hold a 23-17 (.575) all-time advantage.
Mathews made a successful, speedy return from a broken clavicle to play in last week’s game for the San Diego Chargers, but then another old problem popped up: fumbling. He has done it 11 times in just 23 career starts. Last week, it happened near the goal line.
We’re a mere 24 hours from the San Diego Chargers and Kansas City Chiefs game at Arrowhead Stadium and we’re still getting to know those Chargers. John Gennaro from SB Nation’s Bolts From The Blue is here to help us with this.
What matters: The Chiefs rallied from an 18-point deficit in New Orleans to pull off the greatest comeback in franchise history. Now for a dose of reality: That comeback came against a winless team whose opponents are winless when they’re not playing the Saints. Whether the win came against a battered team or not, the Chiefs had a lot of positives to spin forward. The defense was so dominant in the fourth quarter and overtime that Drew Brees and the Saints went backwards 16 yards. Jamaal Charles proved his knee is just fine, running for 233 yards on a career-high 33 carries. And the Chiefs’ offense after halftime looked like the 2010 version that made the playoffs and led the league in rushing. (They are again leading the league in rushing). By the Falcons knocking off the Chargers and the Broncos losing their second straight, the Chiefs have a chance to play for a first-place tie in the AFC West, which would begin to erase an awful two-week stretch to start the season.