The L.A. Chargers surprised the Kansas City Chiefs at home with 15 unanswered points in the fourth quarter, including a two-point conversion at the end.
The Kansas City Chiefs had all the momentum.
Not only were the Chiefs at home at Arrowhead Stadium against the visiting L.A. Chargers, but they were inducting a legend into their Ring of Honor in record-setting tight end Tony Gonzalez. It was a magical night at Arrowhead that began with an opening touchdown strike and the Chiefs never once let go of the lead—that is, until it mattered most.
The Chargers came from behind in the fourth quarter to score 15 unanswered points to beat the Chiefs on their home turf, ending the game on a gutsy two-point play that ended up being a wide-open toss to wideout Mike Williams, who torched the Chiefs the entire game.
From the outset, the Chiefs seemed to be in charge. Patrick Mahomes made offensive heroes out of Damien Williams and Demarcus Robinson. Early screen passes went for big yardage, and the Chiefs put up a quick 14 on the Chargers defense, with Mahomes second touchdown pass going to Darrel Williams—yet another role player who looks good with Mahomes under center.
From there, however, the Chargers somehow kept things close, down 14-7 at halftime, despite being on the end of poor statistics. The Chargers turned the ball over twice in the first half, both interceptions from Rivers, and the Chiefs were all over Rivers in the pocket with four sacks and nine QB hits.
In the second half, the Chiefs came out with a drive that woke up the stars who had been silent for so long. A Travis Kelce catch went for 16 yards. Tyreek Hill goes up for a tremendous touch catch for 33 more. Kelvin Benjamin got his first target (and catch) for a nice 17-yard strike near the sideline to put the Chiefs near the goal line, and Damien Williams ran it in for the score. Chiefs up 21-7.
The Chargers put together their own drive in response, capped by a Mike Williams rush for a touchdown—his second score on the night. That put the Bolts within seven once again, but a flag-laden drive allowed a somewhat flat Chiefs offense maintain a drive long enough to go up two scores as Damien Williams rushed for his second touchdown. The Chargers came right back with a scoring drive marked by Justin Jackson’s 3-yard touchdown run to keep it close with minutes to go in the fourth. Then came the game-tying touchdown to Mike Williams that was capped by the two-point conversion at the end of regulation.
The Chargers are now tied with the Chiefs atop the AFC West at 11-3 overall although K.C. remains in the driver’s seat, thanks to holding the tiebreaker due to division record.
K.C. heads to the Seattle Seahawks next while the Chargers host the Baltimore Ravens.