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In just more than two minutes, the Chargers' defense scored as many touchdowns as the offense had in 10 quarters.
With the Chiefs trailing 17-6, Cassel fumbled as he was sacked by Jarret Johnson in the end zone and Shaun Phillips recovered for a touchdown early in the fourth quarter. On the next drive, Cassel's high pass deflected off Dexter McCluster's hands and was intercepted by Demorrio Williams, who returned it 59 yards for a touchdown.
"I don't know If someone stepped in front of him and tipped the ball, but thank God I was there to make the play," Williams said.
In the loss to New Orleans, Williams had an interception return for a touchdown that was nullified after rookie Melvin Ingram was flagged for a late hit on Drew Brees.
Williams, who played for the Chiefs the last four seasons, forced a fumble in the first quarter.
Gates' first-quarter score was San Diego's first touchdown since the star tight end caught an 11-yard pass in the first half against Denver on Oct. 15. That score gave San Diego a 24-0 lead, but Peyton Manning rallied the Broncos to a 35-24 win.
The Chargers got only two field goals from Nick Novak in a 7-6 loss at Cleveland on Sunday, their third straight defeat.
After San Diego scored on the opening drive, Kansas City went on a 17-play drive, converting four third downs, but Dwayne Bowe fumbled after a 10-yard reception. Williams caused the fumble and Quentin Jammer recovered.
Bowe's fumble set up Novak's 25-yard field goal with 9:10 left in the second quarter.
After Kansas City decided not to go for it on fourth-and-1 from the San Diego 31, Succop kicked a 49-yard field goal with 2:51 left before halftime.
The Chargers had a third-and-goal from the 1 in the closing seconds of the half when Rivers was intercepted by Eric Berry.
Succop had a 41-yard field goal in the third quarter.
NOTES: K.C.'s Jamaal Charles was hurt when he was hit in the side of the head by Donald Butler. He said he would have gone back in, "but they told me to just relax." Charles said he was tested for a concussion but was cleared. ... San Diego's Ryan Mathews appeared to sprain his left ankle early in the second quarter and was in and out of the game after that. ... Chiefs LG Jeff Allen left with what was described as a head injury, and defensive end Glenn Dorsey left with a calf injury.
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