Philip Rivers and the Chargers lastly conquer the Kansas Metropolis Chiefs.
All it took was feverish fourth-quarter comeback, a questionable go-interference get in touch with, a tense online video overview of the last landing and the gutsy final decision to test a two-place conversion.
The consequence: Chargers 29, Chiefs 28.
Justin Jackson’s landing operate with a few minutes still left gave the Chargers a probability. They rapidly bought the ball back again from Patrick Mahomes and the NFL’s best-scoring offence, and Rivers led a tense last generate that provided a fourth-down dart to Travis Benjamin and that important penalty on Kendall Fuller in the back again of the conclude zone.
The flag gave the Chargers the ball at the one, and Rivers observed Mike Williams alongside the sideline on the quite up coming enjoy. And when his TD capture with eight seconds still left was verified, mentor Anthony Lynn despatched his offence back again on to the area to conclude 5 years’ well worth of disappointment.
Williams observed himself by itself in the conclude zone to safe the two-place conversion. Not only did the Chargers (11-three) clinch a playoff berth, they solid a initial- position tie with the Chiefs (11-three) in the AFC West even though ending a 9-recreation dropping streak to their longtime division rivals.
Rivers threw for 313 yards and two touchdowns, even though he also tossed a pair of interceptions, and Williams experienced 7 catches for 76 yards and two scores even though introducing an additional on the floor.
Jackson ran for 58 yards and a landing in position of the wounded Melvin Gordon. Mahomes was held to just 243 yards and two touchdowns for Kansas Metropolis, and his incapacity to decide up a initial down in the closing minutes proved expensive. The Chiefs compelled the Chargers to burn off two timeouts on their final generate, but Mahomes was sacked by Isaac Rochell and Kansas Metropolis experienced to punt.
The Chiefs never ever bought the ball back again on offence.
Hyped by the return of star basic safety Eric Berry, it seemed for a even though as if the Chiefs would just resume their vexation of Rivers at Arrowhead Stadium. Steven Nelson leapt to snag a soar ball for an interception on the next enjoy of the recreation, and Rivers tossed an additional just prior to halftime.
Mahomes and Co. took benefit of their early momentum.
Kansas Metropolis breezed downfield right after Nelson’s interception, and the youthful MVP prospect threw a dart to Demarcus Robinson – even though in the grasp of Chargers basic safety Adrian Phillips – for a seven- direct.
Then right after a punt, Darrel Williams took a monitor go for his initial profession landing.
The Chargers lastly achieved the conclude zone in the next quarter, when Mike Williams caught a small TD go. But it arrived times right after broad receiver Keenan Allen harm his hip even though attempting to make a leaping get in the corner of the conclude zone – he briefly returned prior to sitting down out the relaxation of the recreation. Mike Williams ongoing to decide up the slack the relaxation of the recreation.
Immediately after the Chiefs pushed their direct to 21-seven on Damien Williams’ landing operate, the Chargers’ huge, rangy broad receiver answered with a 19-property conclude-about for a rating. And when then Chiefs went on an additional methodical scoring generate to get a 28-14 direct with just more than eight minutes still left in the recreation, Williams aided the Chargers head the other way for an additional answering landing to keep in the recreation