Antonio Gates caught a 14-yard yard scoring pass from Philip Rivers on the opening drive to snap a streak of six quarters without a touchdown and the host San Diego Chargers went on to a 31-13 victory over the staggering Kansas City Chiefs on Thursday.
Rivers, who looked shaky during the losing streak, completed 18 of 20 passes -- a career-best 90 percent -- for 220 yards and two touchdowns, with one interception.
"We needed a win in the worst way," Rivers said. "Game like this, wins like this can jump-start us."
The game featured two coaches -- the Chargers' Norv Turner and the Chiefs' Romeo Crennel -- who have been heavily criticized.
A victory over the woeful Chiefs (1-7) isn't likely to placate fans of the Chargers (4-4).
The Chiefs committed four turnovers to run their NFL-high mark to a staggering 29. They still haven't led in regulation this season; their only victory came when Ryan Succop kicked the winning field goal against the New Orleans Saints in overtime.
With the Chiefs trailing 17-6, Matt Cassel fumbled as he was sacked by San Diego's Jarret Johnson in the end zone, and Shaun Phillips recovered for a touchdown early in the fourth quarter. On the next drive, Cassel's high pass deflected off Dexter McCluster's hands and was intercepted by Demorrio Williams, who returned it 59 yards for a touchdown.
In just 2 minutes, 9 seconds, the Chargers' defense scored as many touchdowns as the offense has in 10 quarters.
Patriots-Buccaneers trade: The New England Patriots acquired cornerback Aqib Talib and a 2013 seventh-round draft pick from the Tampa Bay Buccaneers for a fourth-round pick in 2013.
Talib has served three games of a four-game suspension for Adderall use, violating the league's policy on performance-enhancing substances. He will be eligible to return Nov. 18 when the Patriots play the Indianapolis Colts.
Talib has 18 interceptions since being taken by Tampa Bay with the 20th pick in 2008 out of Kansas.
Falcons: Outside linebacker Sean Weatherspoon will miss Sunday night's game against the Dallas Cowboys because of a right-ankle injury.
Weatherspoon, second on the team in tackles and sacks, will be replaced primarily by Akeem Dent. Coach Mike Smith provided no details on the severity of Weatherspoon's injury.
Weatherspoon had 10 or more tackles in four games this season after setting career highs with 127 tackles and four sacks in 2011.
Titans: Tight end Jared Cook dodged questions about whether his agent asked for a trade, saying he is happy with his role in the offense and only wants to win because winning is "huge."