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Defense carries Chiefs to win over Chargers in Mexico

AP, MEXICO CITY

The Rams and Chiefs were scheduled to play in the stadium last season, but severe damage to the turf field compelled the NFL to relocate the game to Los Angeles on six days’ notice.

Azteca removed its hybrid turf and installed natural grass this year, and the field had been untouched since Club America’s last home soccer game on Nov. 2.

The NFL and the stadium still threw an impressive party for 76,252 of Mexico’s football-loving fans, who packed the arena and mostly supported the Chargers, the nominal home team.

However, the Chargers trailed 10-9 at halftime despite outgaining Kansas City 312-109 and making five drives into Chiefs territory.

Rivers threw two interceptions and Michael Badgley missed a 40-yard field goal attempt while making three others, wasting a defensive effort that included Rayshawn Jenkins picking off Mahomes.

Tyrann Mathieu’s 35-yard interception return set up McCoy’s 6-yard touchdown run for the game’s first in the second quarter.

After Williams scored on the Chiefs’ opening drive of the second half, Mahomes hit Kelce with a picture-perfect 23-yard touchdown throw on the next drive.

Rivers and Allen answered with a touchdown connection late in the third quarter and a two-point conversion.

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