KANSAS CITY, Mo. — Two days after Ryan Leaf got out of the hospital, things game took a turn for the worse.
The previously undefeated rookie quarterback completed his first throw Sunday in chilly and rainy Arrowhead Stadium, then missed his next 14 and set a San Diego record for passing futility. He also committed five turnovers in his first seven possessions, and the Kansas City Chiefs accepted all his gifts in a sloppy, penalty-filled 23-7 victory over the Chargers.
Leaf wound up one for 15 for four yards, breaking the team record for fewest completions. The previous record of three was set 23 years ago.
But he refused to blame flu symptoms that hospitalized him overnight Thursday.
"We lost, man. We didn't play well, especially on my part," he said. "I take full blame."
"He had a long day today," Chief linebacker Anthony Davis said of Leaf. "A rookie is a rookie. But he'll get better."