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Halftime observations: Chiefs 10, Chargers 0

Chiefs wide receiver Jeremy Maclin picks nine yards on a pass reception in the first quarter of Sunday's game against the Chargers at Arrowhead Stadium.
Chiefs wide receiver Jeremy Maclin picks nine yards on a pass reception in the first quarter of Sunday's game against the Chargers at Arrowhead Stadium. jsleezer@kcstar.com

It's halftime at Arrowhead Stadium, and the Chiefs lead the San Diego Chargers 10-0. Here are five observations.

1. Frankie Hammond has had plenty of ups and downs as a returner during De’Anthony Thomas’ absence. He has had a couple of big returns wiped out because of penalties, including a 59-yard punt return Sunday. But he also committed his second fumble in as many weeks, and that cannot continue.

2. Let’s take a moment to appreciate quarterback Alex Smith interception-less streak, which finally came to an end in the first half. Smith extended the streak to 312 passes before Jason Verrett intercepted a deep attempt to Jeremy Maclin. The streak will go down as the second-longest in NFL history, second only to Tom Brady’s mark of 358 passes.

3. The additional rest that Tamba Hali has been getting during the week has really helped him. He’s so active, and no one plays harder. Not bad for a 32-year old in his 10th professional season.

4. Safety Ron Parker is quietly putting together a nice season. He had a sack in the first half and made a few nice tackles. The latter area was a bit of a weakness last season, but he’s been better this year.

5. Impressive playcall/execution by the Chiefs on their lone touchdown of the half. Alex Smith caught the Chargers in Cover 0 — which demands zero safety help — and he audibled to a quick slant to receiver Albert Wilson over the middle. Wilson did the rest, galloping away from Steve Williams for a 44-yard score that gave the Chiefs a 7-0 lead with 1:53 left in the fourth quarter.

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