For a beleaguered group, that had been mashed in recent weeks -- giving up 29.7 points per game (T-27th in NFL), with 3.7 touchdowns per game, a 115.3 passer rating and just one takeaway from Weeks 8-10 -- it felt good to make game-changing play after game-changing play.
"As funny as it sounds," pass rusher Frank Clark said with a smile. "The game has been put in the defense's hands before."
Monday night, Clark reminded the world what kind of influence he can have off the edge, and why K.C. made the move in the offseason to trade for and give him a big contract. Clark pummeled fill-in tackle Trey Pipkins down after down after down, living in Rivers' lap. The edge rusher compiled a sack, three QB hits, five tackles -- one for a loss -- a pass defended (doinked off his helmet) and a forced fumble.
"We showed an attitude," Clark said. "We're trying to build this identity. I want (us) to be selfish and make every play that comes to us. Defend your gap and make the play. If you keep on developing that attitude, you're going to develop into a winner."
Perhaps the narrative will be more about the Chargers bungling the W, per usual. After all, L.A. still generated 483 yards of offense, and oddly ran the ball just 19 times on 73 plays. But it was K.C.'s defense who all game long was in position to make big plays and take advantage of Rivers' miscues.
"We knew he was a threat," Sorensen said of Ekeler. "We're going to see that again. This isn't the last time we're going to see a good running back come out of the backfield that can catch. It's good for our defense. You can look back on this game and build confidence."