Originally posted on isportsweb.com  |  Last updated 10/31/11

Remember when the Kansas City Chiefs were the worst team in the NFL? Neither do they. And Philip Rivers sure doesn’t.

After three ugly losses, Kansas City has suddenly rode a four game-winning streak to a 4-3 record and tie for the lead in the AFC West. The latest victim of that streak was San Diego on Monday night.

You could say it’s due commanding first quarter, you could go all the way to the fumbled snap that dissolved a nearly sure win for the Chargers. Herm Edwards and the 1978 Eagles would probably lean toward the fumbled snap. I’ll call in Arrowhead.

Todd Haley was just about to shave his winning streak beard.

Matt Cassel threw for 261 yards and a touchdown, but two interceptions in a Monday night win over San Diego

“I’m glad that it went our way,” Todd Haley said. “It wasn’t pretty by any stretch of the imagination.”

Rivers mishandled a Nick Hardwick snap late in the fourth quarter in Kansas City territory, easily inside Nick Novak’s range. The Chiefs recovered, forcing overtime where they would go on to win by a field goal.

“Worst day ever,” a cameraman captured Philip Rivers mouthing on the sideline as he watched Ryan Succop’s game winner sail through the uprights.

Before the dramatic fourth quarter, the Chiefs led the entire game despite trailing San Diego in passing yards, rushing yards, and time of possession. Rivers’ two interceptions didn’t do San Diego any favors. The Chargers only came within a point of Kansas in the second half, and even that was short lived following a Chiefs touchdown.

The Kansas City defense made plays the whole game, picking off Rivers twice and sacking him three times. Derek Johnson finished the night with 13 tackles and an interception, and one of the aforementioned sacks. Brandon Flowers blanketed any Charger he covered from Vincent Jackson to Malcolm Floyd.

Kansas City’s young offensive weapons showed up big on Halloween night as well. Rookie receiver John Baldwin led the team with five catches for 82 yards and a 39-yard touchdown grab. Second-year running back Dexter McCluster didn’t post big numbers, but came up with two crucial firsts down in overtime.

As a team effort, it was far from perfect for Kansas City, but they showed resilience on Monday that was absent the first three game of the season. Even when they were skating by the Vikings and making Curtis Painter looking like a pro-bowler. They didn’t give up, and played with poise and and confidence in all three facets of the game. Even the next two games on the schedule are looking up for the Chiefs.

This article first appeared on isportsweb.com and was syndicated with permission.

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