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To the surprise of no one who has followed his career, Ryan Mathews fumbled the ball and did not finish the game due to an injury.
Mathews was running hard and en route to a decent game before a hamstring injury sidelined him for the fourth quarter. He finished with 55 rushing yards on 14 carries and one touchdown. Mathews also had two catches for two yards. He also had one fumble, but the ball fortuitously bounced right back to him. Mathews did have a nice leap into the end zone for a touchdown to start the third quarter.
After Mathews went down, Ronnie Brown stepped in as the main rushing back. The former No. 2 overall draft pick finished with 23 rushing yards on six carries. He also had one reception for (minus one) yard.
Danny Woodhead again proved to be one of the best offseason free-agent signings in the NFL. The diminutive back not only ran hard (six carries for 25 yards and one touchdown) but was a weapon in the passing game as well (four receptions for 45 yards and one touchdown). He had a ridiculous move to juke out Chiefs cornerback Sean Smith to gain 19 yards on the game-winning drive. The next play he gained another crucial 14 yards down the sideline.
Woodhead also had a massive block on an Eddie Royal catch to start the fourth quarter.
Fullback Le’Ron McClain had an average game. He had some very good blocks, but he also failed on some blocks. While Mathews needs to hold onto the ball better, his fumble can also partially be attributed to poor blocking, including McClain.
The running backs, as a group, gained 103 rushing yards on 26 carries with two touchdowns. They also contributed seven receptions for 54 yards and one touchdown.