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Chiefs come all the way back for 33-27 overtime win

KANSAS CITY, MO - SEPTEMBER 11: Running back Spencer Ware #32 of the Kansas City Chiefs celebrates after scoring the game tying touchdown with just over one minute left in the game in the fourth quarter after trailing 24-3 against the San Diego Chargers at Arrowhead Stadium on September 11, 2016 in Kansas City, Missouri. (Photo by Jamie Squire/Getty Images) Getty Images

The Chiefs pulled off a mammoth comeback last season when they started the year 1-5 before winning 11 straight games and advancing to the divisional round of the playoffs.

They pulled off another big one to open the 2016 season. The Chiefs were awful for most of the first three quarters of the game and spotted the Chargers a 24-3 lead at Arrowhead Stadium before finally coming to life. They put together four scoring drives on their last five possessions of regulation to tie the game 27-27 and then drove right down the field behind Spencer Ware and Travis Kelce to start overtime.

Alex Smith got the ball in from two yards out for a 33-27 overtime win that was doubly painful for the Chargers. They saw wide receiver Keenan Allen carted off because of a knee injury in the first half and initial reports are that he has suffered a torn ACL. The Chargers were up 21-3 when Allen got hurt and the game certainly changed for them offensively at that point.

While Melvin Gordon and Danny Woodhead still found some success on the ground, Philip Rivers couldn’t keep the team churning through the air and the Chargers sputtered to just 45 yards on their final four possessions of the game. It’s the second time that the Chargers have blown a lead of at least 21 points in a season opener under coach Mike McCoy and the third time overall. Those aren’t great stats for a coach who was already under some pressure heading into the season.

Andy Reid won’t be feeling the same heat this week. Smith couldn’t move the team early, but wound up 34-of-46 for 363 yards and two touchdowns. Ware had 129 receiving yards to go with 70 rushing yards, Kelce put the Chiefs inside the 10 in overtime with a catch over linebacker Kyle Emmanuel down the sideline and the offensive line improved after struggling to protect early in the game.

All of that adds up to the biggest comeback win in franchise history and a loss that feels like pretty brutal for the Chargers even though they have 15 more games to find better results.

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26 Responses to “Chiefs come all the way back for 33-27 overtime win”
  1. unbridledsexy says: Sep 11, 2016 4:53 PM

    What. A. Game.

  2. kcchefs58 says: Sep 11, 2016 4:53 PM

    Can’t believe they pulled this off. Chiefs Kingdom!!!

  3. lanman11 says: Sep 11, 2016 4:54 PM

    Man, the Chargers can’t do anything right….

  4. tahnoonzee says: Sep 11, 2016 4:55 PM

    Refs missed a couple calls with Chiefs defense hitting a couple players out of bounds, non calls that would have extended SD’s drive before going into OT.

  5. whiteybulgersson says: Sep 11, 2016 4:58 PM

    Chargers are a joke

  6. joetoronto says: Sep 11, 2016 4:59 PM

    You know you stink when you let Alice Smith and the Cheaps come back from a 24-3 deficit to win.

    Chargers are a joke.

  7. jagsfanugh says: Sep 11, 2016 5:01 PM

    Great win, this could take the Chiefs far.

  8. ReligionIsForIdiots says: Sep 11, 2016 5:05 PM

    That’s a fireable offense.

  9. jjfootball says: Sep 11, 2016 5:15 PM

    The Raiders got screwed by the refs big time. and still won their game!

  10. artambriz says: Sep 11, 2016 5:17 PM

    Broncos fan laughing at these teams that are going to dethrone Denver!
    Oakland and KC’s secondary looks horrible at best!
    SD best WR is done for the year!
    Denver D is still the real deal,QB needs to lower the mistakes we’ll be fine!
    AFC WEST is ours!

  11. donbat67 says: Sep 11, 2016 5:24 PM

    Crybaby Rivers is gonna need his blanky tonite

  12. vanmorrissey says: Sep 11, 2016 5:27 PM

    Sorry, called that one at the half. McCoy is a turtle who hides his team in a shell when they have leads at half. Should never have hired the Norv clone who has an idea of X’s and O’s but is a terrible head coach. Good, keep losing and this will be the last of McCoy but should lead to another crappy hire by the Chargers. SD sports (other than Aztecs) = crap on the fields.

  13. slick50ks says: Sep 11, 2016 5:27 PM

    Your dirty donkey team just put the spotlight on your dirty donkey play. The league and refs will be torching you guys for the rest of the season because of the cheap shots that weren’t called. The pressure is on them to do it now.

    It’s over donkey fan.

  14. bighoser says: Sep 11, 2016 5:33 PM

    Gee, ya think the D missed Bosa’s pass rush? Too bad they penny pinched him so hard that they forced him to miss what’s going to be multiple weeks. Looking forward to them screwing with their top 5 pick next year.

  15. polksaladandy says: Sep 11, 2016 5:42 PM

    Save the Raiders…lose the Chargers.

  16. comrade760 says: Sep 11, 2016 5:48 PM

    bighoser says:
    Sep 11, 2016 5:33 PM
    Gee, ya think the D missed Bosa’s pass rush? Too bad they penny pinched him so hard that they forced him to miss what’s going to be multiple weeks. Looking forward to them screwing with their top 5 pick next year.

    ————————————–

    They miss a coach with balls. McCoy and Pagano should be canned. I can’t believe the lack of Gordon’s use in the 2nd half. Just plain incompetence.

  17. hopethechiefsalwayslose says: Sep 11, 2016 6:02 PM

    Very lucky Keenan Allen went out injured. Chargers were moving the ball at will with him in the game. He made a Peters look very ordinary. That defense will cost the Chiefs some games by the end of the season and the Chiefs offense won’t be playing the Chargers defense every week. Watch out for the Raiders!!

  18. exinsidetrader says: Sep 11, 2016 6:15 PM

    That collapse was almost as dramatic as Hillary’s at the 9/11 ceremony this morning before she was dragged into a van.

    #CollapsingClinton #CollapsingChargers

  19. jjackwagon says: Sep 11, 2016 6:46 PM

    hopethechiefsalwayslose

    Judging by your screen name I guess you can cuddle up with Phyllis and cry about this one.

  20. konichiwabtches says: Sep 11, 2016 6:58 PM

    McCoy should be fired on the Tarmac at Lindbergh tonight

  21. imadipsnit says: Sep 11, 2016 7:14 PM

    Refs missed a couple calls with Chiefs defense hitting a couple players out of bounds, non calls that would have extended SD’s drive before going into OT

    And how about the non call on the facemask and intentional grounding by Rivers ? The refs are way to old and slow these days. Till the league changes that we have to suffer with inconsistancy

  22. anonymousnevermindfishdeath says: Sep 11, 2016 8:12 PM

    My cousin is Matt Nagy!!! Good job cuz!

  23. artambriz says: Sep 11, 2016 8:19 PM

    Slick5oks:
    Don’t get butt-hurt,
    When it comes to Defenses I’d rather have the one WR’s & QB’s hesitate to play against!
    Donkey comment is old!
    3 time super bowl champs chump,what’s your team done lately except get high draft picks!

  24. statman25 says: Sep 11, 2016 8:55 PM

    joetoronto says:
    Sep 11, 2016 4:59 PM
    You know you stink when you let Alice Smith and the Cheaps come back from a 24-3 deficit to win.

    Chargers are a joke.
    ……………………………………………………………………..

    Make up your mind genius. In the earlier story when we were down 21 your comment was no what a team could come back that much with “Alice” as their QB. After Alex throws for over 300yds, 2 Tds, and runs in the winning TD its because the Chargers are a joke? There’s no way to sugar-coat this Joe, you’re an idiot. Time for you to climb back in mommy & daddy’s basement.

  25. goattoday says: Sep 11, 2016 11:33 PM

    That was an exciting game between this year’s 3rd and 4th place finishers in the AFC West.

  26. kcflake says: Sep 12, 2016 6:56 AM

    Hell of a win. Exciting comeback, imagine what the chiefs cam do if they play 4 quarters. Go chiefs!

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