Chiefs vs Chargers: Live Score, Highlights and Analysis

Farzin VousoughianContributor IIISeptember 25, 2011

SAN DIEGO, CA - SEPTEMBER 11:  A general view of the field with giant American flag during the San Diego Chargers vs. the Minnesota Vikings season-opening game on September 11, 2011 at Qualcomm Stadium in San DIego, California. (Photo by Donald Miralle/Getty Images)
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FINAL SCORE: Chargers 20, Chiefs 17.

The San Diego Chargers (1-1) will host the Kansas City Chiefs (0-2) as both teams prepare for their first divisional battle of the season.

Last year, the Chiefs stunned the Chargers in the opening week, and they kept the Chargers in their rear-view mirror all season after the Chargers had won the division the four previous seasons. If the Chargers fall to the Chiefs today, they will be back to where they were last year and allow the Chiefs to improve to third place in the AFC West.

Both teams are coming off of a loss from Week 2 coming into today's game.

The Chargers struggled on both sides of the ball against the New England Patriots. Quarterback Philip Rivers threw two touchdown passes, but he was picked off twice and also lost a fumble as the Patriots defeated the Chargers, 35-21.

The Chiefs' woes continue after allowing the Detroit Lions to come away with their biggest victory in franchise history, 48-3. The list of torn ACLs have continued to spread, and running back Jamaal Charles was the third victim in three weeks for the Chiefs, as he is out for the season.

While we wait for the official list of inactives to come out, it has already been reported that the Chargers will be without tight end Vincent Jackson. Will that help the Chiefs defense have a better game and slow down the Chargers offense? Or will San Diego still cruise through a Chiefs defense that is last in the NFL in points given up?

Keep in mind, this is an important game for both teams, who are trying to keep up with the Oakland Raiders and Denver Broncos in the divisional race. The loser of this game will be last place in the AFC West after Week 3.