Final Score: Chargers 41, Chiefs 38

Last updated: Nov 24, 2013 5:28 PM

For the third straight week, Kansas City's overrated vaunted defense allowed over 400 yards, and the Chargers (5-6) knocked off the Chiefs (9-2) in an epic 41-38 shootout.

Philip Rivers threw for 392 yards and three touchdowns, including a last-minute 26-yarder to Seyi Ajirotutu, giving the Broncos a chance to take sole possession of first place in the AFCW tonight with a win at New England.

Kansas City managed just one sack (during San Diego's game-winning drive), their second in four games after having notched 35 in their first seven.

It certainly didn't help their cause to lose both Tamba Hali (ankle) and Justin Houston (elbow) to first half injuries. Should either or both not be available for next week's rematch with the Broncos at Arrowhead, things could again get quite ugly for that Kansas City defense.

Hali, who was injured early in the second quarter and carted to the locker room, was reportedly quite hobbled after the game and left on crutches, while Houston was sporting a sling.

The Chiefs rolled up 395 yards of their own on offense, but were just 3/9 on third downs, and San Diego converted the lone turnover of the game - a rare interception by Alex Smith - into a touchdown.

Smith threw for 292 yards and two touchdowns of his own, while Jamaal Charles added 157 yards and two touchdowns on just 18 touches.

For San Diego, Danny Woodhead gained 70 yards and scored twice on 10 touches, with the other touchdowns coming from Ryan Mathews and Ladarius Green.

How's this for a WP graph?

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