Chiefs take command of AFC West race with 30-13 win over Chargers

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The Kansas City Chiefs took advantage of just about every mistake made by the Los Angeles Chargers on Saturday night.

And the Chargers made many mistakes.

The Chiefs scored 13 points off L.A. turnovers and 10 more points on drives following Chargers’ special teams mistakes in earning a 30-13 victory to take control of the AFC West race with two weeks remaining in the regular season.

Kareem Hunt rushed for 155 yards with a rushing touchdown and receiving touchdown and Marcus Peters intercepted Philip Rivers twice in leading the Chiefs. Alex Smith was also incredibly efficient with just seven incompletions on 30 attempts and 231 yards passing with two touchdowns.

Rivers was intercepted three times in total with Ron Parker getting the third interception of the night. Parker also recovered a fumble from Chargers running back Austin Ekeler as well.

The Chargers were unable to recover a muffed punt by the Chiefs despite having several opportunities to recover the loose ball. Kansas City would drive 82 yards before getting on the board with a 31-yard Harrison Butker field goal late in the first quarter. Ekeler had a chance to down another Chargers punt inside the 5-yard line only to have his momentum carry him into the end zone for a touchback. Four plays later, Smith hit Tyreek Hill for a 64-yard touchdown to give the Chiefs a 10-0 lead.

Melvin Gordon scored on a 2-yard touchdown and Rivers hit Antonio Gates for a 10-yard touchdown, but it was too little to overcome the errors and turnovers.

Two more Butker field goals and a 5-yard touchdown run by Hunt all come off turnovers to close out the game for the Chiefs.

Gordon finished with 78 yards on 19 carries for the Chargers and added 91 yards on six receptions as well to lead the way in both categories for Los Angeles.

21 responses to “Chiefs take command of AFC West race with 30-13 win over Chargers

  1. The Chargers: the team that never quite can. Congratulations on your Pretender of the Decade award!

  2. Yeah, the mistakes the Chargers made had nothing to do with the KC defense tonight, which harassed Rivers all night. Chargers got beat down tonight just say that instead!

  3. Good job on both of you picking those mighty Chargers… KC held their prolific offense to 13 points and ran all over the Chargers D.

    Sincerely,
    Small market playoff teams that the media hates

  4. Keenan Allen can’t handle the Chiefs. Look at his stats against the Chiefs and he just can’t even. Marcus Peters on the other hand loves playing the Chargers.

  5. The Chiefs did what they had to do to win by containing Keenan Allen and limiting the effectiveness of Ingram and Bosa. Serious props to Melvin Gordon for his performance, but with Rivers having his usual tough game at Arrowhead, Gordon’s effort wasn’t enough. Chiefs are set to take the division title again this year. Yesss!!!

  6. Chiefs are a “phony baloney” team and will be one and done again with Andy Reid who is another Shottenheimer – good enough to get to the playoffs but not good enough to win!

  7. Where are all the “talking heads” who stated the Chiefs did not stand a chance in this game? Total Dominant Performance. Chiefs have now beaten the Chargers for the eight straight time . . .

  8. Occasionally Rivers’ name is mentioned among the top QBs, and then he has a game like this when it matters most and demonstrates why he isn’t.

  9. Thank you, Chiefs. If the Charger would have won that game, there’s no telling how long the contract extension Anthony Lynn would have gotten. As it is, the Chargers are probably going to finish 8-8 and in the Chargers bizzaro world Anthony Lynn will be considered a coaching genius.

  10. If it’s a must win game, Phillip rivers throws either many interceptions, or 1 interception at the very end that seals a loss. It’s clockwork. The guy is a turnover machine when it matters most.

  11. After the last two games, there’s no question the raiders are the worst team in the division. And one of the worst in football.

  12. slick50kc says:
    December 17, 2017 at 10:42 am
    After the last two games, there’s no question the raiders are the worst team in the division. And one of the worst in football.

    31-30..you lost 6 of 8, calm down, its not 1969 anymore

  13. Hey Chief Nation. Who do you want to be QB1 next year? Smith is having a hell of a good year. But if KC moves on, Denver will gladly take him.

  14. I tried to tell you last week not to believe the hype on the Chargers, all of their wins came from beating bottom dwellers.

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