Chargers stun chiefs, earn spot in playoffs
How serious are the LA Chargers? Last night, the Kansas City Chiefs and LA Chargers played for the second time this season, and many expected the same outcome of their first meeting.
LA hasn’t beaten Kansas City since 2013, and coming into the game, LA was 10-3 while Kansas City was 11-2. Returning for the Chiefs was safety Eric Berry, while the Chargers were without their starting running back in Melvin Gordon.
During the first quarter, LA struggled to get things going on their first two drives. Phillip Rivers threw an interception, and then the team was forced to punt. Kansas City then scored on their first two drives to lead LA 14-0, but it wasn’t long before the Chargers fired back with a touchdown drive to end the first half and the score was 14-7. During the drive, receiver Keenan Allen hurt his hip and sat out the rest of the game.
This didn’t hurt the Chargers, as Mike Williams stepped up in the second half. LA was down 28-14, and the lead was cut to 21-28 with a touchdown run from Justin Jackson. Then when the Chiefs were forced to punt, it was go time for LA. The final drive was eight plays for 60 yards; the two biggest plays were a big 26-yard pass on fourth down to Travis Benjamin and the game winning touchdown with four second left to Mike Williams.
According to ESPN, this win put the Chargers in the playoffs for the first time since 2013 and proved some doubters wrong about the season the team is having.