Matt Wilhelm intercepted a pass with under five minutes to go in the first quarter to stop a Chiefs drive at the Chargers 11. It was the first interception of his career, coming in his first significant game action on defense. Wilhelm was later called for a helmet-to-helmet hit on quarterback Trent Green in the third quarter but a missed field goal by Lawrence Tynes saved him from taking much heat for the play.
“I just slid off, made a break on the play, and luckily came up with it,” Wilhelm said of his interception. “It was a good play.”
Wilhelm also added two passes defensed and five tackles.
Drayton Florence picked up his fourth interception, a play that sealed the win. He returned the interception nine yards but amassed at least thirty yards running around the field with the ball.
“In that situation, the smart thing to do is take a knee,” he said. “Coach got on me about it and it is behind me now.”
Four different Chargers had interceptions on Sunday, the second time they have accomplished the feat this season. Terrence Kiel added his second pick of the season and Adrian Dingle was the recipient of his first career interception.
Ryan Krause caught the first reception of his career with under five minutes to go in the first quarter. Krause also added a 29-yard gain where he dragged three or four Chiefs’ defenders with him to gain an extra ten yards. He ended the day with a team-high five catches for 81 yards and also caught his first NFL touchdown.
“Ryan Krause, this is the first day he has been active and he has made a good case for being active (again),” head coach Marty Schottenheimer said.
Malcom Floyd had three catches for 49 yards, including a 13-yard touchdown reception, the first of his career.
“We found out about some guys today, Ryan Krause and Malcom Floyd, that if you have to you can lean on them down the road and you know they can make plays,” rookie quarterback Philip Rivers said. “The Chiefs were playing to win.”
Michael Turner gained 44 yards on four carries in the first quarter. He opened up the game with a 30 yard run and had a 26-yard gain in the fourth quarter to setup a scoring drive. Turner entered the game with 17 yards on five carries and left with another 86 yards on his resume. Turner did fumble the ball late in the second quarter after a reception from Doug Flutie.
Andrew Pinnock added 26 yards on 11 carries and he also had a fumble that offensive guard Mike Goff recovered.
Goff thought he scored on the play saying, “I just kept rolling. I thought I might have scored!”