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Tuesday
Nov012011

Chiefs Edge Chargers 23-20 on 'Monday Night Football'

Peter Aiken/Getty Images(KANSAS CITY, Mo.) -- Philip Rivers and the rest of the San Diego Chargers know they let one slip away on Halloween night.

In a game that was anything but pretty, the Chargers had come back to tie the game at 20, and were in prime position to put away their AFC West rivals the Kansas City Chiefs in the closing minute of the game. The Chargers had first down at the Chiefs 15 yard line and were poised to run one more play, then kick the game winning field goal.

But the field goal attempt never happened because Chargers quarterback Philip Rivers fumbled the snap and turned the ball over, ruining any chance the Chargers had at putting the game away. The game eventually went into overtime, and Chiefs kicker Ryan Succop nailed a 30-yard field goal to seal the improbable win for Kansas City.

Rivers, who is considered among the elite quarterbacks in the NFL, is having a rough season. After that costly fumble, he now has 14 total giveaways this season -- 11 interceptions, three lost fumbles -- which is the most by any player in the NFL.

"I haven't had one of the those in years," Rivers later said. "It's unfortunate. I dropped it. This one is rough. You blow it on a play that never should have happened."

As bitter as the loss was for the Chargers, it was that much sweeter for the Chiefs. After an 0-3 start to the season, many had written off the Chiefs in the competitive AFC West division. The Chiefs though, turned their season around and have now won four straight games. The Chiefs, Chargers, along with the Oakland Raiders are all 4-3 in the division, leaving the Chiefs technically in first place since they have victories over the Chargers and Raiders.

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