Chargers vs. Chiefs: Live Score, Highlights and Analysis

Derek EstesCorrespondent IOctober 31, 2011

SAN DIEGO, CA - SEPTEMBER 25:  Tight end Randy McMichael #81 of the San Diego Chargers carriews the ball against the Kansas City Chiefs in the third quarter at Qualcomm Stadium on September 25, 2011 in San Diego, California.   The Chargers won 20-17.  (Photo by Stephen Dunn/Getty Images)
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Updated score: Chiefs Win in Overtime! - Chiefs 23, Chargers 20

Tonight's matchup between the Kansas City Chiefs (3-3) and San Diego Chargers (4-2) could knot things up in the AFC West standings this week.

A San Diego win would solidify its lead in the division. A Chiefs victory, however, would plunge them both into a three-way tie with Oakland.

Even before the start of the regular season, few Chiefs fans suspected this game would have any real meaning. A rough showing in the preseason did little to engender hope in Kansas City's chances to repeat as last year's AFC West champion. What little hope remained disintegrated after blowouts to Buffalo and Detroit.

Chiefs fans aren't the only ones shaking their heads, though. The Chargers looked like a lock for the AFC West this year after poor special teams play tainted their 2010 season, where both the offense and defense were ranked No. 1 in the league.

Instead, their defense allows way too many yards, particularly on the ground. Philip Rivers lacks the accuracy and rhythm that helped define San Diego's offense. On top of that, injuries are starting to pile up with possibly four key players out for tonight's game.

Add it together and you have a Chargers team leading the division at 4-2 thanks more to narrow wins against soft opponents than solid play on the field.

Tonight they face off against a division rival who found a reason to play to win again. Not only are they back in the AFC West title race, but they are obviously out of the running for Andrew Luck now.

And if all this doesn't make for a great game already, you can just add in that the Chiefs/Chargers all-time matchup is tied 51-51-1 right now.

The AFC West lead and bragging rights are both on the line Monday night.