Chargers at Chiefs: Highlights, score, and recap

KANSAS CITY, MO - SEPTEMBER 11: Quarterback Alex Smith
KANSAS CITY, MO - SEPTEMBER 11: Quarterback Alex Smith /

The Kansas City Chiefs and San Diego Chargers battled it out in an AFC West showdown on Sunday, with the Chiefs winning the game in overtime.

In an early AFC West battle, the San Diego Chargers traveled to Kansas City to face the Chiefs. Kansas City is an early favorite to be the top team in the division in 2016, boasting one of the more talented rosters in all of football. Meanwhile, the Chargers were looking to make a statement in Week 1, and they certainly did, albeit for all the wrong reasons.

Playing without star running back Jamaal Charles, the Chiefs came into the game with Spencer Ware as their starter. Ware played well, but just did not have the kind of impact Charles usually does. The Chiefs offense looked stagnant, and did not really get going until late in the game. By the time the two teams went into the locker room for halftime, the Chargers were already up 21-3.

That was mostly due to second-year back Melvin Gordon, who scored his first two NFL touchdowns in the first half. The Chargers also had a devastating injury in the first half, as star wide receiver Keenan Allen apparently tore his ACL.

The Chiefs scored their first touchdown of the season in the third quarter, as Alex Smith hit Tyreek Hill for a 9-yard score. That would bring the Chiefs to within two scores, at 24-10, and they would continue to add on after that. A Spencer Ware touchdown late tied the game at 27-27, before the Chiefs won it in overtime on a Alex Smith touchdown run.

It was quite a collapse for San Diego.


Melvin Gordon’s first NFL TD.

Rivers to Woodhead.

Keenan Allen tears his ACL.

Three Stars

1.Spencer Ware

Ware did a little bit of everything for the Chiefs on Sunday, leading the team in rushing and receiving. He was expected to play huge role in the offense with Jamaal Charles out, and he did just that, chalking north of 150 all-purpose yards. He added the game-tying touchdown with under two minutes left in the game.

2. Alex Smith

Smith is as solid as they come in the NFL, and he showed that once again on Sunday, leading his team back from a huge early deficit and carving up the Chargers in the second half. He showed great poise once the game went to overtime, and led the team to their first win of the season.

3. Philip Rivers

Rivers had another nice game on Sunday, but this time against a team that has given him fits in the past. He threw his first touchdown pass against the Chiefs since 2014, and was able to get everyone involved. He hit seven different receivers, with his lone touchdown going to running back Danny Woodhead.

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The Chiefs were favored by seven points and did not cover the spread against the Chargers. The over/under for the game was 44.5, so the over definitely was the bet on Sunday.

Next Week

Kansas City travels to Houston to take on the Texans, while the Chargers host their first home game against the Jacksonville Jaguars.