Seahawks drop to Chargers after 3 Gates TD catches

Despite early lead, Seattle Seahawks can't pull off road win in San Diego

Seattle Seahawks quarterback Russell Wilson, left, fumbles as he is sacked by San Diego Chargers outside linebacker Melvin Ingram during the first half of an NFL football game on Sunday, Sept. 14, 2014, in San Diego. The Seahawks recovered the fumble. (AP Photo/Denis Poroy)
Seattle Seahawks quarterback Russell Wilson, left, fumbles as he is sacked by San Diego Chargers outside linebacker Melvin Ingram during the first half of an NFL football game on Sunday, Sept. 14, 2014, in San Diego. The Seahawks recovered the fumble. (AP Photo/Denis Poroy)

SAN DIEGO (AP) — Antonio Gates had three touchdown catches and the San Diego Chargers controlled the tempo to keep Seattle’s offense off the field and upset the defending Super Bowl champion Seahawks 30-21 Sunday.

Gates’ 21-yard catch late in the third quarter was epic, as the star tight end split two defenders and extended for Philip Rivers’ pass, reaching out with his left hand to gather it in. Flat on his back, he held up the ball to show the ref he’d made the catch that gave San Diego a 27-14.

Rivers was 28 of 37 for 284 yards.

San Diego (1-1) had blown an 11-point, fourth-quarter lead and lost its opener Monday night at Arizona. Seattle (1-1) had nine days to prepare after a 20-point opening victory against Green Bay.

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