Chiefs-Chargers: 5 Biggest Moments in 50-Year Rivalry

Farzin VousoughianContributor IIIOctober 28, 2011

Chiefs-Chargers: 5 Biggest Moments in 50-Year Rivalry

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    The Kansas City Chiefs and the San Diego Chargers haven't had the most eye-grabbing rivalry in the NFL, but there has been a spark within the last two decades in this rivalry.

    The Chiefs and Chargers have many common coaches and players, which has added some fire to rivalry.

    What are the five biggest moments the Chiefs vs Chargers history? Let me know what you think!

AFC Championship, Jan. 2, 1993

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    For the first and only time in the history of the Chiefs-Chargers rivalry, the two teams met in the postseason on Jan. 2, 1993.

    The sixth-seeded Chiefs were hoping to go for the 3-0 sweep over their division rivals.

    After both teams failed to score in the first half, Chargers running back Marion Butts fired his team up with a 54-yard touchdown run. This began a rally of 17 points to shutout the Chiefs and pick up their only win against them when it mattered the most.

Marty Schottenheimer Leaves Kansas City, Joins San Diego

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    On Jan. 29, 2002, Marty Schottenheimer was named the head coach of the San Diego Chargers after being the head coach of the Kansas City Chiefs.

    In one of the biggest divisional jumps in NFL history, Schottenheimer put together a 47-33 record during his time as the Chargers head coach.

    The Chargers went 5-5 against the Chiefs with Schottenheimer as their coach.

Lawrence Tynes Redeems Himself

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    Lawrence Tynes was far from a clutch kicker as a Chief, but he did come away with one clutch moment in 2006.

    The Chargers, ranked first in the NFL in defense, came to Arrowhead Stadium with hopes of blowing out the Chiefs.

    The Chiefs took a demanding 20-6 lead in that game, however, Tynes was not playing well.

    Tynes had missed an extra point and a chip-shot field goal, preventing the Chiefs from earning four easy points. However, Tynes had a chance to be the hero with just seconds remaining.

    Despite the early struggles, Dick Vermeil had faith in Tynes. Tynes went out and nailed a 53-yard field goal to shock the Chargers and hand them their second loss of the season.

Chargers Come Back to Stay Alive

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    In 2008, the Chiefs had a 21-3 lead over the Chargers with a little over four minutes remaining in the third quarter. It seemed as if the Chiefs had this in the books.

    The Chargers knew their season was on the line and refused to give up.

    LaDainian Tomlinson got his team going with a rushing touchdown late in the third quarter.

    With less than four minutes to go, Philip Rivers continued to get his team to the end zone by getting the ball to Malcolm Floyd for a touchdown. Following the touchdown, the Chargers declared to go for the onside kick.

    On the following kickoff, Dwayne Bowe got both of his hands on the football, but allowed it slip through. The Chargers jumped on the loose ball, giving them new life.

    With less than a minute to go, Rivers threw a touchdown to Vincent Jackson and gave his team the lead. The Chargers held on to win, 22-21. The win helped as the Chargers went on to win the AFC West with an 8-8 record.

Monday Night Shocker

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    The New Arrowhead Stadium was showcased to the world on Monday Night Football as the Chargers came in hoping to ruin the fun. What happened was the exact opposite.

    After Rivers hooked up with Antonio Gates, the Chiefs fired away with touchdowns from Jamaal Charles and Tony Moeaki. It was Dexter McCluster who pinned the nail on the coffin with a 94-yard punt return touchdown.

    Fans in the new stadium erupted. The Chiefs defeated the Chargers and ended eventually held them away from winning the AFC West.

This Monday

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    The Chargers return to Arrowhead Stadium for yet another Monday Night Football showdown this week.

    Just like last year's Monday Night Football game between these two, the winner will take the lead in the AFC West.

    The Chiefs have bounced back after an 0-3 start while Rivers has struggled this season.

    Who takes over the AFC West on Monday?

    ESPN is promised to feature a very exciting game.