Chiefs stingy again in playoff push
KANSAS CITY, Mo. — The Chiefs had relied heavily on their stingy, opportunistic defense during a six-game winning streak that vaulted them right back into playoff contention.
Their defense delivered again Sunday.
After shutting down San Diego most of the game, Kansas City forced Philip Rivers into two incompletions near the goal line in the final seconds to preserve a critical victory.
"If you're going to be a good football team, you have to win games like this," Chiefs coach Andy Reid said, adding that during a 1-5 start, "We found ways to lose games just like this."
Since then, the Chiefs have made it nearly impossible to get into the end zone. They held the Chargers without a touchdown for the second time this season.
"The defense hung tough," said Alex Smith, who threw a 44-yard touchdown to Albert Wilson and threw for 191 yards.
He also threw his first interception after a franchise-record 312 pass attempts, though that was quickly forgotten in the jubilation of the final seconds.