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Chargers' Rivers did not hear fireworks before fumbled snap

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Right before San Diego quarterback Philip Rivers took the now infamous snap that spoiled a potential game-winning field goal and sent the Chargers stumbling into a 23-20 overtime loss to the Kansas City Chiefs, a flurry of fireworks could be heard going off outside of Arrowhead Stadium.

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The fireworks were loud enough to get picked up on ESPN's Monday night broadcast, and many wondered after the game if they played a role in Rivers' fumble. While the fireworks would have made for a great story -- a Halloween trick helping the Chiefs force a three-way tie atop the AFC West -- Rivers said after the game the noise did not affect him on the play.

"No, I wish I could say I did," Rivers said, via ESPN.com, when asked if he could hear the fireworks.

The fumble was Rivers' third turnover of the game as the Chargers' signal-caller continues to struggle this season. Rivers is on pace to shatter his career high of 15 interceptions in a season, already tossing 11 picks through seven games. His 14 turnovers lead the NFL, and he recently dismissed reports that his play is suffering because of an unannounced injury.

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