Chargers down Chiefs, 31-13

Defense scores two touchdowns in win

SAN DIEGO - Aided by two defensive touchdowns, the San Diego Chargers ended their three-game losing streak by defeating the Kansas City Chiefs 31-13 Thursday night at Qualcomm Stadium.

The Chargers (4-4) scored on the opening drive of the game -- a touchdown pass from Philip Rivers to Antonio Gates -- to snap a streak of six straight quarters without an offensive touchdown.

The Chiefs, who fell to 1-7 with the loss, have not led in any of their 8 games this season. Their only victory was an overtime win at New Orleans.

Rivers passed for 220 yards and 2 touchdowns, but was intercepted in the end zone by Chiefs safety Eric Berry near the end of the first half.

Linebacker Shaun Phillips scored the team's first defensive touchdown of the night, recovering a Matt Cassel fumble in the end zone early in the fourth quarter.

Later in the quarter, a Cassel pass deflected off Dexter McCluster's hands and was intercepted by linebacker Demorrio Williams, who returned it 59 yards for the score.

NEXT GAME: The Chargers travel to Tampa Bay to play the Buccaneers on Nov. 11 (1 p.m. ET).

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