Chargers rediscover end zone in rout

Chiefs safety Eric Berry can’t stop Chargers tight end Antonio Gates from scoring in the first half.

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Chiefs safety Eric Berry can’t stop Chargers tight end Antonio Gates from scoring in the first half.

SAN DIEGO — Antonio Gates caught a 14-yard yard scoring pass from Philip Rivers on the game's first drive. That ended the Chargers' streak of six quarters without a touchdown, and they went on to rout the Chiefs 31-13 Thursday.

Gates' touchdown was San Diego's first since he caught an 11-yarder in the first half Oct. 15. That gave San Diego a 24-0 lead, but Denver rallied to win 35-24. San Diego then had only two field goals in Sunday's 7-6 loss at Cleveland, its third straight loss.

Rivers was 18-of-20 for 220 yards and two touchdowns Thursday. His 90 percent completion rate was tied for the fifth-best in NFL history (minimum 20 attempts). Kurt Warner's 92.3 (24-of-26) in 2009 is the best.

After the touchdown, Kansas City went on a 17-play drive, converting four third downs. But receiver Dwayne Bowe fumbled after a 10-yard catch, the Chiefs' league-high 26th turnover.

Turnover No. 27 came in the fourth, linebacker Shaun Phillips recovering quarterback Matt Cassel's fumble in the end zone to make it 24-6. No. 28 came six plays later, linebacker Demorrio Williams returning the interception 59 yards for a touchdown.

The Chiefs have lost five straight. They have not led in any game, the first team to do so in the first eight games of a season since the 1929 Buffalo Bisons, who folded after that season, according to ESPN Stats & Info. Kansas City's lone victory came on a field goal in overtime.

The Chiefs also lost running back, Jamaal Charles. Midway through the fourth, he caught a pass, then took a helmet-to-helmet hit from linebacker Donald Butler. No penalty was called, and Charles' status is unknown.

Eagles commit to Vick

PHILADELPHIA — Michael Vick remains the Eagles quarterback — for Monday and beyond. Coach Andy Reid said he never considered benching Vick. He just wanted to evaluate him.

"Michael was the quarterback, is the quarterback and will continue to be the quarterback," Reid said.

Vick has eight interceptions and five lost fumbles this season.

"I've got to get my swag back," Vick said. "I got to get back to playing football the way I love to play it and not worry about what's going to happen."

Steelers plans altered: The Steelers are turning their visit to the Giants into a day trip. Because their hotel in Jersey City doesn't have power after Hurricane Sandy and they can't find an alternative, the Steelers will leave for New York at 9 a.m. Sunday morning, arrive about 90 minutes later and fly back after the 4:25 game.

Colts: Linebacker Robert Mathis, who has five sacks in four games, is expected to return Sunday after missing three games with a knee injury.

Cowboys: Starting left tackle Tyron Smith called police Tuesday because his family "harassed" him for money, the Dallas Morning News reported. According to the report, family members continue to ask Smith for money even after he gave them a large sum when he was picked ninth overall in 2011 and signed a four-year, $12.5 million deal. During the summer, he received a protective order against his mother, stepfather, three sisters and two brothers. Smith declined to comment.

Dolphins: Quarterback Ryan Tannehill, who hurt his left knee and thigh Sunday, took snaps with the first team a day after being limited.

Falcons: Linebacker Sean Wea­therspoon, second on the team in tackles and sacks, will sit out Sunday with a right ankle injury.

Redskins: Cornerback DeAngelo Hall will be fined but not suspended for Sunday's incident that prompted his ejection, the Washington Post reported. Hall wanted a penalty for a hit by a Steelers receiver. He stood in front of head linesman Dana McKenzie while screaming at him and sticking his finger in his face. Hall said McKenzie also yelled and both were at fault.

L.A. stadium: AEG settled a lawsuit with a coalition of anti-poverty groups, removing one of the biggest legal hurdles facing the developer. AEG will create a $15 million fund for low-income housing in the area and spend about $2 million on traffic- and air pollution-control measures.

London: Mayor Boris Johnson said he had "exploratory" talks with the league about playing more games in the British capital. All six games in London have been at Wembley Stadium. But the stadium built for this year's Olympics doesn't have a permanent resident.

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