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“We just got to weather the storm right now. As I tell them all the time, if we believe what other people try to tell us, we probably won’t have real good results,” said Chiefs coach Todd Haley.

Cassel led a second-half rally cut short by a last-minute interception by Chargers safety Eric Weddle.

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“It didn’t work out the way we wanted it to, but as we move forward, we can build off this game,” Cassel said.

The Colts and the Chiefs are both defending champions of their respective divisions. This year, the common trait between both NFL teams is that they lack a win on the season thus far. The Colts and Chiefs are both among the few winless teams in the early NFL season, and thus far, both have endured depressing, even embarrassing efforts. But today brought signs of life for both teams.

In the old days, McCluster heard that often. He was 7 the first time he can remember it, and even his mother thought he was too small for full-contact football. He begged her, and when she relented, young Dexter ran into another roadblock: He wasn’t old enough, either. He said Sunday that his family “pulled some strings,” and before long, the 70-pounder was running around on the fields of southern Florida, zipping here and there, running away from defenders and limitations.

The Chiefs fell to 0-3 in a 20-17 loss to the Chargers, but it still felt to them that they saved their season with their second-half rally.

“The ending to this story is not written,” coach Todd Haley said. “We’ve just got to keep grinding away and try to make that ending be in our favor. Our goal was to take a step as a team, and I think we did that.”

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