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Chargers beat Chiefs in overtime, earn playoff berth

Quintin Demps, Ladarius Green AP

It took nearly five quarters to do it, but the Chargers secured the AFC’s final wild-card berth on Sunday afternoon, beating game Kansas City 27-24 in overtime.

San Diego will play AFC North champion Cincinnati next weekend.

In the final minute of regulation, the Chargers looked in serious danger of being eliminated from postseason contention. The Chiefs, who largely played backups to rest starters in advance of the wild-card round, had driven into field-goal range, and kicker Ryan Succop had a 41-yard attempt to give the Chiefs the lead with eight seconds left.

However, Succop missed wide right, giving the Chargers a chance to redeem themselves in overtime.

In the extra period, the Chargers engineered a 16-play, 62-yard drive taking 9:30 and ending in Nick Novak’s 36-yard field goal. The drive’s key play came when the Chargers pulled off a daring fake punt on 4th-and-2 from its own 28-yard-line. Eric Weddle gained the two yards needed, and the Chargers had a fresh set of downs. (Weddle lost the ball, but his progress was ruled to have been stopped.) Later, they would convert two third downs to keep the march going.

The Chiefs would drive as far as the San Diego 36-yard-line on their lone overtime possession, but their progress stalled, and Chase Daniel’s fourth-down pass fell incomplete after he crossed the line of scrimmage, giving the Chargers the win.

The Chiefs (11-5) will play at Indianapolis next week.

Tailback Ryan Mathews racked up 144 yards on 24 carries for the Chargers, who trailed by 10 points at the beginning of the fourth quarter. Philip Rivers threw for 229 yards on 22-of-33 passing for San Diego (9-7), tossing TD passes to Ladarius Green, Antonio Gates and Eddie Royal.

Daniel threw for 200 yards and a TD in his first NFL regular-season start. Rookie tailback Knile Davis scored a pair of rushing TDs and gained 81 yards on 27 carries for Kansas City, which listed quarterback Alex Smith, tailback Jamaal Charles and outside linebacker Tamba Hali among its inactives.

The Chargers’ victory eliminated the Steelers from wild-card contention. The Ravens and Dolphins had been knocked out earlier in the day.

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63 Responses to “Chargers beat Chiefs in overtime, earn playoff berth”
  1. winorlose6burgh says: Dec 29, 2013 8:38 PM

    Chiefs should be fined as a fan I would have been mad to watch a bunch of second stringers!

  2. floratiotime says: Dec 29, 2013 8:39 PM

    Bye bye Steelers … in the end you were just another fraud. It’s not like the 70’s where you were the only team using steroids.

  3. chargersdiehard says: Dec 29, 2013 8:40 PM

    Hey Joey how’d that silver and black game go? Choo choo!

  4. fancyleague says: Dec 29, 2013 8:42 PM

    Boy, that 6th seed was the biggest bowl of Life cereal to be passed around the table in a long while.

  5. johnnyb1976 says: Dec 29, 2013 8:43 PM

    The Chargers was a little soft back when the Bengals beat them. Now it will be cold, and raining, and the Bolts are still soft. Advantage Bengals.

  6. bigbensucks says: Dec 29, 2013 8:44 PM

    Go Stoolers……………Oh sorry Stooler fans.

  7. fnf417 says: Dec 29, 2013 8:45 PM

    Chargers beat 2nd stringers in overtime to make it to the playoffs

  8. bigwii says: Dec 29, 2013 8:47 PM

    Oh can we can a huge LOL at Steeler Nation haha

  9. vincentbojackson says: Dec 29, 2013 8:48 PM

    So glad the Chargers won!

    Saved us all from hearing Bengal fans crying all week about how the Steelers hit too hard.

  10. frzzerbwler says: Dec 29, 2013 8:49 PM

    Hope it’s as cold as the last time Chargers came here for a playof game.
    9 below with wind chill of -59.
    And it was a sunny day!
    Damn I had fun attending that game.

  11. tjjohnson98 says: Dec 29, 2013 8:50 PM

    That was pretty much a worst case scenario for the Broncos. As a Chiefs fan, I’m kind of happy to see 50% of the AFC playoff teams come from the West for a change!

  12. raiderapologist says: Dec 29, 2013 8:52 PM

    Better the Chargers than the Steelers, for sure, although the Chiefs did everything they could to gift wrap a playoff spot for them, and still almost failed.

  13. cwk22 says: Dec 29, 2013 8:52 PM

    So much for steelers being gods team.

  14. enoughofthatalready says: Dec 29, 2013 8:53 PM

    floratiotime says:
    Dec 29, 2013 8:39 PM

    Bye bye Steelers … in the end you were just another fraud. It’s not like the 70′s where you were the only team using steroids.

    (1) How were the Steelers a fraud after starting 2-6 and being written off my everyone for even winning 4 or 5 games? At least they did not quit like the Ravens and Dolphins in embarrassing style.
    (2) Ask the Cowboys, Vikings, Raiders, Chargers and Dolphins about steroid use in the 1970s.

  15. slick50ks says: Dec 29, 2013 8:54 PM

    Congrats chugger fans. You guys beat what amounted to a 4th preseason game starting team. And it took overtime. And it took a HORRIBLE call on the fake punt where Weddle was down a full yard short, then proceeded to fumble the ball away for what should have been a KC touchdown.

    I’m sure the bengals are scared to death of you.

  16. thestrategyexpert says: Dec 29, 2013 8:56 PM

    Well the Chiefs beat the Chargers by scoring a DEF TD before the Chargers made their FG, so they didn’t beat the Chiefs. But they got screwed by a call against MIA so it is fair to say they earned a playoff spot. It just took a pair of balancing botch jobs by the refs to sort things out.

  17. enoughofthatalready says: Dec 29, 2013 8:57 PM

    It amazes me that people are congratulating the Chargers less than the slams at the Steelers here. You people were crapping your brains out at the thought of the horrible, old, tired, overrated Steelers making the playoffs. It took a second-string team to miss a FG at the end of the 4th quarter and then get shafted in OT to keep the Steelers out. At least now your rants about the Steelers not making the playoffs 9 weeks ago is now finally true. But it was so close to you all having your mouths slammed shut or dropped open. I am sure that Steelers fans are proud of how their season turned out after going 0-4 and 2-6.

  18. doctorrustbelt says: Dec 29, 2013 8:58 PM

    The steelers have not been a factor since their team doctor (dr. rydze) was investigated and indicted by federal authorities for the illegal distribution of hgh and steroids.

  19. The League's Crusade Against The Steelers Continues... says: Dec 29, 2013 9:01 PM

    Nevertheless, please take note that we have more Lombardis than you. Thanks.

    Our trophy case represents glory. Your trophy case represents despair.

    We bathe in confetti. You bathe in tears.

    We laugh at you from our throne in the sky. CAN YOU HEAR US DOWN THERE?

  20. steelcurtainn says: Dec 29, 2013 9:01 PM

    Yea the steelers were eliminated. But guess who has six rings still. yeah, you’ll hear it again. Yes, the steelers. Eat it, haters!!!! Tops of the superbowl world.

  21. joetoronto says: Dec 29, 2013 9:07 PM

    The L.A. Chargers beat the biggest fraud of a team ever, the Kansas City Chiefs.

    Whoopdifriggindo.

  22. drewzducks says: Dec 29, 2013 9:09 PM

    enoughofthat…Steeler fans are proud of a team that hasn’t sniffed the postseason the last two years and are trending in the wrong direction, with the obvious aging of their riverboat gambler and frequent loser at safety ? Within 2 years they’ll be looking up at the Browns. At least you have the Pens, until the playoffs of course.

  23. joerevs300 says: Dec 29, 2013 9:14 PM

    This game was just another shining example of the need for:

    – Full time officials, not “part time” who have near million dollar jobs otherwise
    – The replay booth being CENTRALLY LOCATED at NFL headquarters, vs. being at the home stadium.

    Do you REALLY think if the booth had initiated a replay, and it had shown the RB was stripped before his progress was stopped, and it was a KC TD, he would have gotten out of Qualcomm alive?

    Home field advantage, indeed.

  24. steelcurtainn says: Dec 29, 2013 9:15 PM

    The chargers know they shouldn’t be there. Succop makes that easy field goal and the steelers are in. Unfortunately, their not and now am going to enjoy watching the rest of these teams drop like flys. Teams dodged a bullet by not having to face Pittsburgh, congratulations.

  25. fancyleague says: Dec 29, 2013 9:20 PM

    A lot of hate for the Steelers here. It was nothing short of a miracle that they were still alive today. They needed like seven or eight games to go their way over the past two weeks just to have a chance. To even be in the discussion after starting 0-4 is quite an accomplishment. It’s pretty darn hard to be good every year, as the Ravens quickly discovered.

  26. longtermbuffalonian says: Dec 29, 2013 9:21 PM

    The League’s Crusade Against The Steelers Continues… says:
    Dec 29, 2013 9:01 PM
    Nevertheless, please take note that we have more Lombardis than you. Thanks.

    Our trophy case represents glory. Your trophy case represents despair.

    We bathe in confetti. You bathe in tears.

    We laugh at you from our throne in the sky. CAN YOU HEAR US DOWN THERE?

    ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~
    steelcurtainn says:
    Dec 29, 2013 9:01 PM
    Yea the steelers were eliminated. But guess who has six rings still. yeah, you’ll hear it again. Yes, the steelers. Eat it, haters!!!! Tops of the superbowl world.

    ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~
    Your comments about the Steelers past remain just as relevant as your team this year.

    I.E. – Not at all.

    As much as you continue to live in your past glories – your team is as much on the couch as mine…

    Enjoy the offseason!

  27. atwatercrushesokoye says: Dec 29, 2013 9:21 PM

    I really hope all of these Steelers fans (the overly obnoxious ones) are several people cause if it’s just one person with many many accounts, you have way too much time on your hands!

  28. natelan69 says: Dec 29, 2013 9:23 PM

    Steelers fans are talking, but all I hear is “Waaaaahhhhhhhhhh”!!

  29. wfriedrichs says: Dec 29, 2013 9:23 PM

    Got to love the bitter steeler fan. How quickly they forget that if it wasn’t for their cheating coach impeding what would have been a winning Ravens TD, then they would would not even be in contention today. Shut up steeler fans. The bad calls go both ways!!!

  30. soundsofsuccess7 says: Dec 29, 2013 9:25 PM

    Bad article title, the Chargers did everything possible to give that game away. Did not earn it at all.

  31. holeinone09 says: Dec 29, 2013 9:30 PM

    Most of the above posts prove one thing-no one wanted to see the Steelers in the playoffs. Why? They know the Steelers would likely have won the Super Bowl with the way they were playing. They were jealous, plain and simple.

    Proud member of Steeler Nation, already looking forward to next seasin.

  32. fancyleague says: Dec 29, 2013 9:32 PM

    Um, wfriedrichs, the Ravens won that game.

    The Steelers missed the playoffs by Antonio Brown’s left foot. Oh, and Ryan Succop’s right foot.

    It doesn’t matter. The defense is too shaky this year to make it anywhere. At least we can all delight in the Cowboys losing.

  33. raiderapologist says: Dec 29, 2013 9:32 PM

    slick50ks says: Dec 29, 2013 8:54 PM

    Congrats chugger fans. You guys beat what amounted to a 4th preseason game starting team. And it took overtime. And it took a HORRIBLE call on the fake punt where Weddle was down a full yard short, then proceeded to fumble the ball away for what should have been a KC touchdown.

    I’m sure the bengals are scared to death of you.
    ————-
    The smallest minds hate the most.

  34. emmac13 says: Dec 29, 2013 9:34 PM

    It is official. Tomlin can watch the playoff on his Jumbotron at home.

  35. drewzducks says: Dec 29, 2013 9:37 PM

    Reminds me, Ravens may have lost out on a playoff spot but Pittsburgh being eliminated set their draft slot at #15 meaning the Ravens will be awarded the 15th pick of whatever round Goddell chooses to penalize Pitt for due to Rooney Rules’ transgression. So there’s that.

  36. clemenza58 says: Dec 29, 2013 9:40 PM

    The Chargers made the playoffs and the city of San Diego doesn’t care. Move to Los Angeles so the rest of us don’t have to hear about blackouts every time the team has a home game.

  37. justamoguy says: Dec 29, 2013 9:40 PM

    The League’s Crusade Against The Steelers Continues… says:
    Dec 29, 2013 9:01 PM
    Nevertheless, please take note that we have more Lombardis than you. Thanks.

    Our trophy case represents glory. Your trophy case represents despair.

    We bathe in confetti. You bathe in tears.

    We laugh at you from our throne in the sky. CAN YOU HEAR US DOWN THERE?

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    steelcurtainn says:
    Dec 29, 2013 9:01 PM
    Yea the steelers were eliminated. But guess who has six rings still. yeah, you’ll hear it again. Yes, the steelers. Eat it, haters!!!! Tops of the superbowl world.

    ===================================

    Did you ever hear about the time that the homeless guy called the CEO of a Fortune 500 company a loser because he won Prom King over him 30 years ago.

    Yeah, me neither. LOL

  38. fancyleague says: Dec 29, 2013 9:42 PM

    If the Steelers lose a draft pick, they don’t give it to the Ravens.

    Too bad for Ravens fans though. They really need a QB in this upcoming draft.

  39. justamoguy says: Dec 29, 2013 9:52 PM

    joetoronto, did you say something?

    I am sorry, I was preoccupied with looking at the “*” and “y”s next to every team in the AFC West……except the Faiders.

    Of course then I had to go see the last time the Faiders had an “*”or a “y” next to their name.

    Wow, 12 years!!!!!!! Is that a record in futility or something?

  40. crownofthehelmet says: Dec 29, 2013 9:53 PM

    Succop, you stink. And a double bonus for SD with drawing Cin, they in essence have a 1st round bye. At least we won’t have to watch the texans smoke them again – the Cin playoff streak will now have some variety.

  41. 8oneanddones says: Dec 29, 2013 9:58 PM

    Danny Woodhead

  42. whodeybaby11 says: Dec 29, 2013 9:59 PM

    We already beat you in your house… Now welcome to the jungle where we haven’t lost this year!!

  43. steelersfanfromtheseventies says: Dec 29, 2013 10:07 PM

    If the Steelers lose a draft pick, they don’t give it to the Ravens.

    Too bad for Ravens fans though. They really need a QB in this upcoming draft.

    Why should the steelers loes a draft pick?

    Just because the ravens could,nt take care of there own business.

  44. icudruln says: Dec 29, 2013 10:16 PM

    If SD wins at Cincinnati, who do you trust more at Mile High in January? Manning or Rivers?

  45. jimjim84 says: Dec 29, 2013 10:19 PM

    chargersaregodsteam

  46. originalsteelcurtain says: Dec 29, 2013 10:19 PM

    20 starters were “rested”, on a team that has been circling the drain for 6 weeks.

    Andy Reid, I’m not sure if you are dumb “like a fox”, or just plain dumb!

    Although playing a team of scrubs, the Chargers were very lucky to win.

    Don’t count on Ryan Succop to win a big game anytime soon, Chiefdom. As soon as I saw his “just saw a ghost face”, I knew he would miss. Succop may never recover.

    How did the zebras blow the fake punt fumble? The officiating continues to be awful this year.

    For Steeler Nation, the 2-6 hole was too great to dig out of. They would have a much better chance of beating the Bungals than the Chargers do.

  47. saneman66 says: Dec 29, 2013 10:40 PM

    It is true we have some Steelres fans who can be idiotic jerks who are self righteous.
    Having said that, oh please stop it , Seattle, with the comparisons to SB XL. Seattle lost by 11 points. The calls in that game were one sided but not incorrect except for the tripping call on Hasselback. The rest were nitpicky and I too felt Steelers got the better of the calls. Hardly a major injustice in a game decided by 11 points. Steelers lost other playoff games on last minute botched calls where you don’t have the chance to make up for a ref error (example: TN roughing the kicker playoff call 2 years prior to that). Steelers were not whining about that loss for years . Steelers got hosed in the JAX playoff loss on a big non call by the refs on the lack of a hold.

    This SD game was different. There was one HORRIBLE call in addition to two other bad non calls . and even with all that ref help, the winning team squeaked by with miniutes left in OT. So Steelers fans whining about this for the next few weeks or even few months is not comparable to Seattle fans whining about SB XL for years. The missed call on the missed FG would have ended the game for KC on the second kick and I doubt Ryan misses back to back kicks from that 36-41 yard range. Then the missed call on pass interference and the ref going with the lesser of the calls on illegal contact was another costly one though there is no guarantee KC scores a TD on the next few plays.

    And let’s not even talk about how messed up that call was on forward progress.

  48. sdiegosteel says: Dec 29, 2013 10:41 PM

    By Pittsburgh winning and Baltimore losing today, Pittsburgh ended up second in the AFC North.

    By doing that, they got the 2nd place AFC West team in Heinz Field next year. That team is the Chiefs.

    I’m sure there will be some interesting comments being said to Mr Succop next year.

  49. dannymac17 says: Dec 29, 2013 10:52 PM

    joerevs300 says:
    Dec 29, 2013 9:14 PM
    This game was just another shining example of the need for:

    – Full time officials, not “part time” who have near million dollar jobs otherwise
    – The replay booth being CENTRALLY LOCATED at NFL headquarters, vs. being at the home stadium.

    Do you REALLY think if the booth had initiated a replay, and it had shown the RB was stripped before his progress was stopped, and it was a KC TD, he would have gotten out of Qualcomm alive?

    Home field advantage, indeed.

    ———————————————–

    You realize that Eric Weddle was a safety and his helmet also came off thus calling the play dead anyway?

    Steeler fans are so cute. Maybe you shouldnt have started 0-4.

    JoeToronto, like i said earlier baby girl

    pound sand

  50. classyjacklambert says: Dec 29, 2013 11:06 PM

    wfriedrichs says: Dec 29, 2013 9:23 PM

    Got to love the bitter steeler fan. How quickly they forget that if it wasn’t for their cheating coach impeding what would have been a winning Ravens TD, then they would would not even be in contention today. Shut up steeler fans. The bad calls go both ways!!!

    You do realize that didn’t affect the outcome of that game right? O do you not really watch much football?

  51. dasmol says: Dec 29, 2013 11:16 PM

    Every AFC West team, but one, made it to the playoffs. Ha ha!

  52. natelan says: Dec 29, 2013 11:26 PM

    Nighty night Raiders and Steelers fans!!

    GO CHARGERS!!!

  53. jameslongstaffe says: Dec 29, 2013 11:30 PM

    The Chargers clearly have some weak points particularly on D, but much credit to the coaches & GM. Not sure if they receive enough credit for what they have done… this team was a mess in terms of the cap. Most analysts didn’t think much of the Chargers, but I liked McCoy & Telesco from the start, & they were awesome. The draft of Fluker/Allen/Te’O was a steal, & I never stopped believing in Rivers:) Football is a team game, & even Peyton Manning would struggle on certain teams

  54. sdiegosteel says: Dec 29, 2013 11:42 PM

    And where his helmet came off, they hadn’t gotten the first down yet. So not only did the Chargers get both of those calls go for them (forward progress and the bogus helmet placement) but they also got away with a penalty for where the players were lined up on the missed field goal which would have given Succop another chance from the 36 in regulation.

    Combine that with the “knocking the ball out of bounds” on the blocked field goal last week and, yeah, Steelers fans are a little pissed at Goodell.

  55. neverwave says: Dec 30, 2013 12:04 AM

    So this season is in the can for the Steelers. They looked awful at the start but finished strong. Next year they will be contenders, no reason to think otherwise.

  56. boltsmobilecutlasssupreme says: Dec 30, 2013 1:23 AM

    “Someone wrote a few weeks ago that this team is not that far away from the playoffs,” Turner said. “I would disagree. I know the things that would have to get done for that to happen.”-Norv Turner

  57. bonniebengal says: Dec 30, 2013 7:02 AM

    I’m not afraid of playing the Steelers. We would have beaten you easily in our house. My problem is the Steelers are dirty team who tries to injure their opponents instead of trying to beat them fairly. And the refs always turn the other way.

  58. dirtdawg54 says: Dec 30, 2013 7:31 AM

    All this jib jabbing between Steeler fans and very ken else has taken away from what was an outright ballsy call by McCoy to even go for it on 4th and 2. That was gutsy and I loved the call – even though I’m a Steeler fan.

    We didn’t belong in the playoffs – if you are hoping for someone else to do their job, it must mean you didn’t do yours.

  59. crownofthehelmet says: Dec 30, 2013 8:13 AM

    drewzducks says:
    Steeler fans are proud of a team that hasn’t sniffed the postseason the last two years
    ————————————————–
    Do you really not know what the term “sniffed the playoffs” means, or have you been in hibernation the last 2 weeks?

  60. steelcurtainn says: Dec 30, 2013 9:33 AM

    The league got its wish by not allowing the chiefs to rekick a 36 yard field goal after a san diego penalty. Nobody in the afc wanted to play the steelers in the playoffs and they know it.

  61. Nofoolnodrool says: Dec 30, 2013 10:28 AM

    I’m not afraid of playing the Steelers. We would have beaten you easily in our house. My problem is the Steelers are dirty team who tries to injure their opponents instead of trying to beat them fairly. And the refs always turn the other way.
    Confidence is a great thing to have, but I’d rather have a good hold on reality Ms BonnieWhiningBungalFan.

  62. fldc7909 says: Dec 30, 2013 2:35 PM

    San Diego Chargers
    Super Bowl XLVIII Champions

  63. dontcountemout says: Dec 31, 2013 1:17 AM

    Chargers dont stand a chance…..then again, they did not stand a chance of making it to the playoffs?

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