The Kansas City Chiefs defeated the Los Angeles Chargers by a score of 34-28 on Thursday night in Los Angeles. With first place in the AFC West on the line, both defenses played extremely well for the first three quarters with the offenses dominating the fourth quarter and overtime.
The scoring began when Chiefs fullback Michael Burton rushed for a seven-yard touchdown. The Harrison Butker point after put the Chiefs up 7-0 early in the first quarter. In a gutsy defensive effort by both sides, this was the only score either side could manage in the first quarter.
Early in the second quarter, Butker kicked a 30-yard field goal to extend the Chiefs lead to 10-0. However, the Chargers would then score 14 unanswered points. Justin Herbert rushed for a one-yard touchdown and then found Jalen Guyton for a four-yard touchdown pass. These two scores gave the Chargers a 14-10 lead going into halftime.
The Chiefs scored first in the second half when Harrison Butker kicked his second field goal of the game to bring the Chiefs within a point at 14-13. The score would remain 14-13 through the end of the third quarter.
The fourth quarter finally brought more offense for both teams. After a Patrick Mahomes interception deep in Kansas City territory, Austin Eckeler ran one in from two yards out to extend the Charger lead to 21-13. Mahomes and company would respond with a touchdown of their own. He found Tyreek Hill for a one-yard touchdown and Clyde Edwards-Helaire for the two point conversion to tie the game at 21. Herbert then led his offensive unit back down the field and hit Keenan Allen in the end zone to put the Chargers back ahead at 28-21. However, Mahomes would not be denied as he then led a drive of his own to tie the game back up at 28 with just over a minute left in the fourth quarter. With both teams unable to score on their final drive, regulation ended with the score tied at 28-28. The only appropriate way to decide this game between two AFC playoff contenders: overtime.
The Chiefs won the overtime coin toss and would not relinquish the football. Patrick Mahomes found Travis Kelce on a 34 yard catch and run touchdown to give the Chiefs a 34-28 victory over the Chargers.
Mahomes finished the game 31/47 for 410 yards, three touchdowns, and one interception. Both Kelce and Tyreek Hill eclipsed the 100 yard mark, with Kelce going for 198 yards and two touchdowns, and Hill bringing in 148 yards and one touchdown.
This was a huge win for the Chiefs to maintain their lead in the AFC West. Kansas City returns home for their next game when they take on the Pittsburgh Steelers on December 26.