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Chargers thump crumbling Chiefs, 31-13 | NFL
By Seattle Times news services
SAN DIEGO — Chargers coach Norv Turner is off the hot seat, at least for 10 days.
Chiefs coach Romeo Crennel is perched squarely on it.
Antonio Gates caught a 14-yard yard scoring pass from Philip Rivers on the game's opening drive to snap a streak of six straight quarters without a touchdown and the San Diego Chargers went on to a 31-13 victory over the staggering Kansas City Chiefs on Thursday night.
Turner has been heavily criticized after the Chargers (4-4) blew double-digit, second-half leads in losses to New Orleans and Denver, and then lost 7-6 at Cleveland on Sunday.
At the start of halftime, some fans in one end zone unfurled a big yellow banner that read: "Mr. Spanos, please fire A.J. & Norv."
Team president Dean Spanos decided in January to bring back both Turner and general manager A.J. Smith even though the Chargers missed the playoffs for the second straight year and have only one postseason win in four seasons.
Spanos probably isn't inclined to fire the embattled Turner in midseason, though a loss to the Chiefs would have been embarrassing.
"We didn't talk about it specifically, but we want to win for him every week," Rivers said. "You play for a lot of things, but we play for our coach. I think that has been evident over the years when we have struggled."
Rivers, who looked shaky during the losing streak, did his part by completing 18 of 20 passes, or 90 percent, for 220 yards and two touchdowns, with one interception. It was the sixth time in NFL history a quarterback completed 90 percent or more of his passes, and tied Steve Young for fifth on that list.
Rivers also threw a 13-yard TD pass to Malcom Floyd early in the fourth quarter.
The Chiefs (1-7) committed four more turnovers and lost their fifth straight game. Running back Jamaal Charles left with a neck injury in the fourth quarter.
The Chiefs' four turnovers ran their NFL-high mark to a staggering 29, which have led to 104 points.
• Those close to budding Dallas Cowboys star Tyron Smith describe the left tackle as emotionally torn apart over a series of events pitting his family against him over money.
• A coalition of anti-poverty groups has reached a settlement with Anschutz Entertainment Group, removing one of the biggest legal hurdles facing the developer's proposed NFL stadium in downtown Los Angeles.
• The NFL and the players union are combining to donate $1 million to the American Red Cross to help in the recovery efforts in the Northeast after Superstorm Sandy.
• Philadelphia Eagles coach Andy Reid said he never considered benching quarterback Michael Vick. Reid said he just wanted to step back and evaluate the beleaguered veteran. "Michael was the quarterback, is the quarterback and will continue to be the quarterback for the Philadelphia Eagles," Reid said. "I can't make it any more clear than that."
• Miami Dolphins quarterback Ryan Tannehill (leg) remains limited in practice, and his availability for Sunday's game at Indianapolis is uncertain.
• Outside linebacker Sean Weatherspoon (ankle), one of the leaders of the Atlanta Falcons defense, will miss Sunday night's game against the Dallas Cowboys.
• The New England Patriots obtained cornerback Aqib Talib from the Tampa Bay Buccaneers and a seventh-round draft pick next year for their fourth-round choice in 2013.
• The Pittsburgh Steelers are turning their visit to New York this weekend to face the Giants into a day trip. The Steelers will leave for New York on Sunday morning and depart Sunday evening. NFL teams are required to travel the day before a game. The league allowed the Steelers to alter their plans because the hotel the team is booked to stay at in Jersey City is still without power.
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