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Santos' 48-yard field goal gives Chiefs 23-20 win over Chargers

  • Kansas City Chiefs quarterback Alex Smith looks to throw a pass against the San Diego Chargers during the second half of an NFL football game, Sunday, Oct. 19, 2014, in San Diego. (AP Photo/Denis Poroy)

    Kansas City Chiefs quarterback Alex Smith looks to throw a pass against the San Diego Chargers during the second half of an NFL football game, Sunday, Oct. 19, 2014, in San Diego. (AP Photo/Denis Poroy)  (The Associated Press)

  • San Diego Chargers quarterback Philip Rivers (17) is hit on the throwing arm by Kansas City Chiefs outside linebacker Tamba Hali during the first half of an NFL football game Sunday, Oct. 19, 2014, in San Diego. (AP Photo/Lenny Ignelzi)

    San Diego Chargers quarterback Philip Rivers (17) is hit on the throwing arm by Kansas City Chiefs outside linebacker Tamba Hali during the first half of an NFL football game Sunday, Oct. 19, 2014, in San Diego. (AP Photo/Lenny Ignelzi)  (The Associated Press)

  • San Diego Chargers tight end Antonio Gates hauls in a touchdown pass as Kansas City Chiefs defensive back Kurt Coleman, right, defends during the first half of an NFL football game Sunday, Oct. 19, 2014, in San Diego. (AP Photo/Denis Poroy)

    San Diego Chargers tight end Antonio Gates hauls in a touchdown pass as Kansas City Chiefs defensive back Kurt Coleman, right, defends during the first half of an NFL football game Sunday, Oct. 19, 2014, in San Diego. (AP Photo/Denis Poroy)  (The Associated Press)

Cairo Santos kicked a 48-yard field goal field goal with 21 seconds left and the Kansas City Chiefs beat San Diego 23-20 Sunday, snapping the Chargers' five-game winning streak.

The Chiefs moved into field goal range thanks to Alex Smith, who completed three straight passes on the drive for 53 yards, including a 29-yarder to Dwayne Bowe.

Smith was playing on the same field where he led Helix High to consecutive San Diego Section championships.

Coming off their bye, the Chiefs (3-3) made the AFC West a three-team race, pulling within 1 ½ games of San Diego (5-2). The Denver Broncos (4-1) hosted San Francisco on Sunday night.

The Chargers flunked their sternest test in a month and lost for the first time since a defeat at Arizona in the season opener.

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