Surprise, surprise: The Chiefs are alive in the AFC West, and the Chargers have taken a tumble.
Just when it looked like San Diego was establishing itself as one of the very best teams — maybe even the best team — in the NFL, Kansas City came to town and won a hard-fought game on a last-minute field goal, 23-20.
The Chiefs got one of the efficient if not extraordinary games that have become Alex Smith’s trademark: Smith completed 19 of 28 passes for 211 yards, with a touchdown and no interceptions. Kansas City also got a solid game from Jamaal Charles, who carried 22 times for 95 yards and a touchdown.
As he has all season, Chargers quarterback Philip Rivers played well — but he didn’t play quite as well as he has for most of this year. Rivers had two touchdowns, but he had just 205 yards, and his interception at the end of the game sealed the Chargers’ loss.
It was a big win for the Chiefs, who improved to 3-3 and showed they still belong in the AFC playoff discussion. And it was a disappointing loss for the Chargers, who fell to 5-2 and will root against the Broncos tonight, as a Denver win takes San Diego that much further from the division lead.