Final

Chiefs 20

(4-3, 2-2 away)

Chargers 28

(4-4, 2-2 home)

4:05 PM ET, October 30, 2005

Qualcomm Stadium, San Diego, CA 

1 2 3 4 T
KC 0 3 7 1020
SD 7 14 0 728

Top Performers

Passing: T. Green (KC) - 347 YDS, 2 TD

Rushing: L. Tomlinson (SD) - 17 CAR, 69 YDS

Receiving: A. Gates (SD) - 10 REC, 145 YDS, 3 TD

Brees, Gates power Chargers past Chiefs

SAN DIEGO (AP) -- Antonio Gates showed why the San Diego Chargers think he's the best tight end in the NFL.

It was over when ...
Antonio Gates scored with 9:10 left to give the Chargers an insurmountable 28-13 lead. The Chargers' defense made it stand up.
Game ball goes to ...
Gates and Drew Brees, who hooked up for three TDs. Brees finished 25-of-43 for 324 yards, while Gates had 10 catches for 145 yards, both career highs.
ESPN's take ...
Eric Allen There's no question as to who the premier pass catching tight end in the league is now. It's Antonio Gates as he was passed the torch from Tony Gonzalez. Gonzalez is the prototypical tight end and he was flat out-produced by Gates, who had a monster game. I fully believe that Gates will only get better as time goes on and we're going to see more games like this from Gates.
-- Eric Allen

Gates caught three touchdown passes from Drew Brees and the Chargers also got a scoring pass from LaDainian Tomlinson in beating the AFC West-rival Kansas City Chiefs 28-20 on Sunday.

Gates put the game out of reach with his third TD, when he caught a short pass at the K.C. 32, bulled through strong safety Sammy Knight and ran into the end zone for a 28-13 lead with 9:10 left.

"It's like LT. They are both Superman-esque," said Brees, who threw for 324 yards. "We see it in practice every day. Game day, it gets better. I'm lucky to have those two."

Gates had 10 catches for 145 yards, both career highs, and the three TD catches tied his career best. Last year, his 13 TD catches set an NFL record for tight ends.

He has six touchdowns in seven games. He missed the opener while finishing his three-game suspension for missing a team-imposed deadline for ending his training camp holdout.

Gates' big day for the Chargers (4-4) came against a team that features six-time Pro Bowler Tony Gonzalez.

"The guy on the other side is not too shabby," Brees said.

But Brees thinks Gates is the best tight end.

"They are 1-2," the QB said. "He showed, or confirmed, that he is the guy."

Asked if he's the NFL's best tight end, Gates deferred to Gonzalez.

"Tony has definitely set a high standard at tight end," Gates said. "He's done it year in and year out. This is just my third year and I'm upcoming. He's been to six Pro Bowls. I have to get to six Pro Bowls to say that."

Gonzalez had seven catches for 97 yards and one score for Kansas City (4-3).

"Any time we play against each other, he makes me elevate my game," Gates said. "That is just the competitive nature about me."

Gonzalez was impressed with Gates.

"I am happy for Antonio. He came out and played great today, one of the best games I have ever seen by a tight end," Gonzalez said.

Gates, a former college basketball star, continues to thrive no matter how teams try to cover him.

"They just get him in a one-on-one situation and he wins that battle," Chiefs coach Dick Vermeil said.

"He is very powerful," Brees said. "You can't really tackle him with one guy. You see him break tackles all the time, like he did on the last touchdown. Obviously his ability to catch the football is special."

Brees completed 25-of-43 passes, with TD throws of 19, 20 and 35 yards to Gates. He was also intercepted once.

Kansas City's Priest Holmes sustained a mild concussion when hit by rookie linebacker Shawne Merriman midway through the third quarter and didn't return. Vermeil said Holmes will be OK.

Tomlinson gained 69 yards on 17 carries a week after being held to a career-low 7 yards in a loss at Philadelphia. He was held without a touchdown for the second straight game.

Green, whose father, Jim, died late last week, was 31-of-43 for 347 yards.

The Chargers stopped the Chiefs at the San Diego 9 late in the game. Green did throw a 7-yard scoring pass to Eddie Kennison with 2:12 left, but the Chargers recovered the onside kick and the Chiefs were out of timeouts.

Gates caught a 19-yard TD pass down the right sideline in the first quarter for a 7-0 lead and then burned linebacker Kawika Mitchell to make a 20-yard scoring catch with 27 seconds left before halftime for a 21-3 lead.

Tomlinson's TD throw to Eric Parker was sandwiched in between. Tomlinson had given the Chargers a first down at the K.C. 17 with a 13-yard run on the final play of the first quarter. On the next play, he swung out to the right, took a quick toss from Brees and threw to Parker, who was the only player in the end zone.

The Chiefs, particularly cornerback Patrick Surtain, bit so hard when Brees tossed to Tomlinson that Parker didn't have a defender within 10 yards of him.

Tomlinson has thrown four career touchdown passes.

Kansas City's Lawrence Tynes kicked a 34-yard field goal in the second quarter and a 20-yarder in the fourth quarter. Gonzalez caught a 16-yard pass midway through the third quarter to pull the Chiefs to 21-10.

Game notes


Tomlinson hasn't gone two straight games without a touchdown since the first two games of the 2003 season. ... Merriman had two sacks and forced a fumble by Green, and rookie defensive end Luis Castillo had 1½ sacks. ... Players who left with injuries were Chiefs cornerback Eric Warfield (right hip pointer) and safety Jerome Woods (strained right hamstring) and San Diego left tackle Roman Oben (sprained foot) and safety Terrence Kiel (sprained ankle).

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Team Stat Comparison

 
KC
SD
1st Downs2122
Passing 1st downs
1716
Rushing 1st downs
36
1st downs from penalties
10
3rd down efficiency
2-134-11
4th down efficiency
1-20-1
Total Plays6866
Total Yards418424
Yards per play6.16.4
Total Drives1415
Passing323341
Comp-Att
31-4326-44
Yards per pass
6.97.8
Interceptions thrown
01
Sacks-Yards Lost
4-240-0
Rushing9583
Rushing Attempts
2122
Yards per rush
4.53.8
Red Zone (Made-Att)0-60-2
Penalties9-594-38
Turnovers12
Fumbles lost
11
Interceptions thrown
01
Defensive / Special Teams TDs00
Possession31:1928:41

Passing Leaders

KCC/ATTYDSAVGTDINTSACKS
Green31/433478.1204-24
SDC/ATTYDSAVGTDINTSACKS
Brees25/433247.5310-0
Tomlinson1/11717.0100-0

Rushing Leaders

KCCARYDSAVGTDLG
Johnson6559.2046
Holmes14382.7012
SDCARYDSAVGTDLG
Tomlinson17694.1015
Neal3103.305

Receiving Leaders

KCRECYDSAVGTDLG
Kennison711516.4133
Gonzalez79713.9136
SDRECYDSAVGTDLG
Gates1014514.5335
McCardell57314.6030

Scoring Summary

FIRST QUARTERKCSD
sdTD4:35Antonio Gates, 19 yd pass from Drew Brees (Nate Kaeding kick is good)
Drive info: 11 plays, 81 yds, 3:58
07
SECOND QUARTERKCSD
sdTD15:00Eric Parker, 17 yd pass from LaDainian Tomlinson (Nate Kaeding kick is good)
Drive info: 9 plays, 82 yds, 11:44
014
kcFG2:00Lawrence Tynes 26 yd Field Goal
Drive info: 7 plays, 53 yds, 3:24
314
sdTD0:31Antonio Gates, 20 yd pass from Drew Brees (Nate Kaeding kick is good)
Drive info: 6 plays, 74 yds, 1:18
321
THIRD QUARTERKCSD
kcTD6:50Tony Gonzalez, 16 yd pass from Trent Green (Lawrence Tynes kick is good)
Drive info: 6 plays, 91 yds, 2:16
1021
FOURTH QUARTERKCSD
kcFG12:03Lawrence Tynes 12 yd Field Goal
Drive info: 6 plays, 33 yds, 2:57
1321
sdTD9:18Antonio Gates, 35 yd pass from Drew Brees (Nate Kaeding kick is good)
Drive info: 5 plays, 51 yds, 2:34
1328
kcTD2:16Eddie Kennison, 7 yd pass from Trent Green (Lawrence Tynes kick is good)
Drive info: 8 plays, 64 yds, 1:33
2028