Seahawks shocked by Chargers, Broncos win again

Sun Sep 14, 2014 8:49pm EDT
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By Simon Evans

MIAMI (Reuters) - Defending Super Bowl champions the Seattle Seahawks experienced a surprise 30-21 loss to the San Diego Chargers while Peyton Manning led the Denver Broncos to a second win with a 24-17 triumph over Kansas City on Sunday.

Earlier, quarterback Robert Griffin III suffered a dislocated ankle but back-up Kirk Cousins led the Washington Redskins to a 41-10 crushing of the Jacksonville Jaguars while the Cleveland Browns upset the New Orleans Saints.

The New England Patriots bounced back from their opening loss to beat Minnesota 30-7 and the Dallas Cowboys also got their first win with a 26-10 victory over Tennessee.

Antonio Gates had three touchdown catches, including a spectacular 21-yard reception deep into the third quarter, as impressive San Diego handed Pete Carroll's team their first loss of the season.

Chargers quarterback Philip Rivers threw for 284 yards on 28 of 37 passing and three touchdowns but San Diego lost running back Ryan Matthews, who was stretchered off with a leg injury in the fourth quarter.

Denver's Manning threw three touchdown passes for the Broncos, beaten by Seattle in last season's Super Bowl, and the defense came up big at the close.

With a chance to tie the score with a touchdown on the final drive, the Chiefs had a third-and-goal at the two-yard line.

But running back Knile Davis was stopped by linebacker Nate Irving and then Alex Smith's fourth-down pass fell incomplete.   Continued...