The Kansas City Chiefs defeated the Los Angeles Chargers, 24-17, on Monday Night Football after four interceptions from Phillip Rivers saved the Chiefs lackluster offense.
An unusual sight occurred for the Chiefs last night: Patrick Mahomes wasn’t spectacular. The yearly MVP candidate only passed for 182 yards and one touchdown, throwing one interception in the process. The Chargers are the fourth ranked pass defense in the league, allowing 205.3 passing yards per game.
The game started slow, with the Chargers taking 3-0 lead to start the second quarter. After being set up on the goal line, LeSean McCoy scored from six yards out to give the Chiefs a 7-3 lead, one in which they wouldn’t surrender the rest of the night.
The rest of the first half saw three field goals, two from the Chargers to bring the score to 10-9, in favor of the Chiefs. The Chargers offense was able to move the ball, but turnovers limited their scoring opportunities.
The Chiefs scored back-to-back touchdowns in the third quarter, the first being a Darrel Williams six-yard run and the second being a 23-yard pass from Mahomes to Travis Kelce. Williams finished with 35 yards rushing and Kelce caught seven passes for 92 yards. Mahomes lead the team in rushing, carrying the ball five times for 59 yards.
Near the end of the third quarter, Keenan Allen caught a seven-yard touchdown pass from Rivers. After a two-point conversion was successful, the score was 24-17. Allen caught eight passes for 71 yards, while running back Austin Ekeler led the team with eight catches for 108 yards receiving. The touchdown was Rivers only touchdown of the night, as he passed for 353 yards and threw four interceptions.
One of the four interceptions came in the final seconds of the game, as the Chargers were on the goal line with an opportunity to put the game into overtime. Daniel Sorensen for the Chiefs picked off Rivers pass to end the game, improving the Chiefs record to 7-4 and putting the Chargers to a 4-7 record.
Luckily for the Chargers, an 8-8 record might be good enough to make the playoffs in the AFC. Unfortunately for the Chargers, they’re middle of the league in offense and defense, while turnovers continue to haunt them. With Mahomes back, the Chiefs can look to challenge the New England Patriots and Baltimore Ravens in a deep playoff run.