Chargers complete comeback, clinch playoff spot on gutsy 2-point try

Kansas City Chiefs, Los Angeles Chargers


The Chargers got their first lead with four seconds left after a successful two-point conversion to beat the Chiefs and are tied for first place in the AFC West.

The Los Angeles Chargers snapped their nine-game losing streak vs. the Kansas City Chiefs to improve to 11-3 and are tied atop the AFC West. Philp Rivers threw a 1-yard touchdown to Mike Williams, his third score of the night, with four seconds remaining after a Chiefs pass interference penalty. After a video review, Chargers coach Anthony Lynn went for two and the win. Rivers connected again with Williams who had the best game of his young NFL career.

The two-point gamble was the first one of its kind since Week 15 in 2002 when the Vikings went for two and the win with 10 seconds or less left and won the game in regulation. The Chargers clinched a playoff berth with the win but are still the No. 5 seed. They are alive for the No. 1 seed if they win out, but need the Chiefs to lose one of their last two games. The Chiefs are at the Seahawks in Week 16 and host the Raiders in Week 17.

Los Angeles hosts the Ravens in Week 16 and travel to the Broncos in the season finale.

Kansas City led all game behind a pair of Patrick Mahomes touchdowns and three rushing touchdowns from Damien Williams and looked on their way to securing the division and a first-round bye with a win.

Justin Jackson, filling in for the injured Melvin Gordon and Austin Ekelier, made it a 28-21 game with 3:49 left and gave the Chargers a chance if they could get a stop.

The Chargers defense forced a three-and-out on the ensuing possession and gave Rivers a chance to provide some late-game heroics.

Rivers finished 26-of-28 for 313 yards with two touchdowns and two interceptions. He wasn’t great for stretches, but he showed why he’ll be in the Hall of Fame when his career is over in the clutch.

Mahomes was held in check for the most part. The MVP candidate was held to 243 yards and two touchdowns. Good numbers but not the video game variety he’s made a weekly habit.

The fantastic ending between two of the best teams in the NFL was marred by some poor officiating by Walt Anderson’s crew. The late-game sequence included a blatant helmet-to-helmet hit on Rivers that went uncalled.

Moments later, the pass interference penalty on Kendall Fuller on Williams in the end zone was weak and amounts to a makeup call by the zebras. That was a situation where the refs should let them play the game, but they inserted them in the game and directly affected the top of the AFC West and could cost the Chiefs home-field advantage in the playoffs.



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