Chiefs wide receiver Dwayne Bowe began Sunday’s game going against former Kansas City cornerback Brandon Flowers, who ended up leaving the game at halftime because of a concussion.
Bowe finished the game with five receptions for a season-most 84 yards, and his 62 receptions against the Chargers are the most he’s had against any team, topping the 61 catches he’s made against Denver.
“I love San Diego and the weather,” Bowe said. “We play them twice a year, so you develop a relationship with guys on the other side of the field.
“I love playing against guys I see in the offseason in Miami.”
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Ending the streak
The Chiefs had lost four straight to the Chargers in San Diego, dating to their last win, a 30-16 win in 2007, Bowe’s rookie year.
“It was big. It was enormous,” Bowe said. “I’m speechless. Guys played their hearts out. We knew it was a must win, and guys just buckled down play for play.
“When the game is on the line, you have to throw in all your marbles, dig deep and that’s what guys did. We haven’t won here in six consecutive tries, and we told ourselves every (time out) that this was a must win. Guys played their tails off.”
Hali, Houston sack Rivers
Chiefs outside linebacker Tamba Hali sacked San Diego quarterback Philip Rivers, giving him 11 1/2 career sacks of Rivers, the most of any passer. Hali has four sacks this season and 77 1/2 in his career for 506 yards, 1 yard shy of passing Neil Smith for second on the club’s all-time list.
Fellow outside linebacker Justin Houston also sacked Rivers, giving him a league-leading seven for the season, but it was Houston’s first career sack of the Chargers quarterback. Houston now has 33 1/2 sacks in his four-year career.
Colquitt seeing 20-20
Punter Dustin Colquitt planted two of his four punts inside the 20, giving him 13 of 24 punts inside the opponents’ 20.
His Chiefs’ record 298 career punts inside the 20 moved him into a tie for 10th on the NFL’s all-time list with Reggie Roby.
Gates torments Chiefs
San Diego tight end Antonio Gates continued to torment the Chiefs. He caught his 15th career touchdown pass against them, the most against any team.
Gates caught a 27-yard pass along the sideline, and he was able to get out of bounds to stop the clock. On the next play, Gates, a former college basketball player, caught the rebound of a pass that was tipped in the end zone by Chiefs safety Ron Parker for a 27-yard touchdown.
“What can I say about 17?” Gates said of Rivers. “He gave me the opportunity to make the play, and I was able and lucky to come up with the catch in the back of the end zone.”
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