(SAN DIEGO, Ca.) The Kansas City Chiefs woes continued Thursday night in a 31-13 loss too the San Diego Chargers.
The Chiefs (1-7) have lost five straight games after the latest setback in front of a national audience, and still have not held a lead during a game this season. Kansas City's one win came on a game-winning field goal in overtime over the New Orleans Saints.
Turnovers continue to be a problem for the Chiefs. They gave the football away three times, and two ended in defensive scores.
Quarterback Matt Cassel fumbled in the end zone when he was sacked by Jarret Johnson, and Shaun Phillps recovered it extending the Chargers lead to 24-6 in the 4th quarter.
On the next Kansas City possession, Cassel threw an interception to former Chief Demorrio Williams that he returned 59 yards for another San Diego touchdown.
The Chiefs scored a late 4th quarter touchdown on a 6-yard run by Shaun Draughn to make the final score slightly more respectable.
Rivers was an efficient 18-20 passing for 220 yards, a touchdown and interception.
His counterpart, Cassel, was 19-29 for 181 yards and an interception.
Cassel got the start in place of Brady Quinn who was out with a concussion.
The Chargers started the game by driving 80 yards on 7 plays, including a 14-yard touchdown pass from Philip Rivers to Antonio Gates.
Kansas City followed it up with a 16-play drive that ended with Dwayne Bowe fumbling the ball away to San Diego.
The Chiefs try to rebound in week 10 with a Monday Night Football game at the Pittsburgh Steelers.