San Diego, CA – Philip Rivers had two touchdown passes as the San Diego Chargers took a 31-0 win over the Kansas City Chiefs in an AFC West battle.
With the win, San Diego (7-6) moved to one game back of Kansas City (8-5) for the top spot in the division. San Diego's final three games are against San Francisco, Cincinnati and Denver, all sub-.500 teams, while the Chiefs face St. Louis, Tennessee and Oakland, three teams also with losing records.
Rivers finished the contest 18-for-24 with 226 yards, one interception and a lost fumble while Matt Tolbert and Ryan Mathews each had a rushing touchdown as the Chargers won for the fifth time in the last six games. Malcolm Floyd caught both touchdown passes and finished the game with four catches for 51 yards.
Brodie Croyle started in place of Matt Cassel, who underwent an appendectomy on Wednesday and was ruled out on Saturday. Croyle was just 7-for-17 with 40 yards to fall to 0-10 as a starter as the Chiefs had a three-game winning streak snapped.
Kansas City's offense was stymied all day as it managed just 67 yards, five first downs and the only time it was in San Diego territory was when Tamba Hali recovered a Rivers fumble at the San Diego 37 in the third quarter.