Sunday, November 24, 2013
Rapid Reaction: San Diego Chargers
By Eric D. Williams
KANSAS CITY, Mo. -- A few thoughts on the San Diego Chargers' 41-38 win over the Kansas City Chiefs.
What it means: The Chargers end a three-game losing streak and remain in the AFC wild-card conversation by defeating Kansas City. At 5-6, the Chargers also earned their first AFC West win this season.
Ajirotutu comes up big: A special-teams standout rarely used on offense, receiver Seyi Ajirotutu made the game-changing play for San Diego, reeling in a Philip Rivers 26-yard pass for a touchdown with 24 seconds left for the winning score.
Stock watch: Rivers finished 27-for-39 for 392 yards and three touchdowns, including an 11-yard touchdown to Danny Woodhead, a 60-yard score to Ladarius Green and the winning TD to Aijirotutu. With the three touchdown passes, Rivers became the sixth quarterback in NFL history to throw 20 touchdown passes in eight straight seasons, joining Peyton Manning (13 years), Brett Favre (12), Drew Brees (10), Dan Marino (10) and Eli Manning (8).
Stock watch, Part 2: San Diego's young receivers continue to blossom. Green, in his third year, finished with three receptions for a career-high 80 yards, including his first touchdown. And Keenan Allen continues to show why he's one of the best rookie receivers in the league, totaling nine catches for 124 yards.
Gates reaches milestone: With three receptions for 21 yards, Antonio Gates reached 700 career receptions. Gates also topped 9,000 career receiving yards, reaching that mark in fewer games (158) than any tight end in NFL history.
What's next: The Chargers return home to face AFC North leader Cincinnati on Sunday at Qualcomm Stadium.