Chargers rally from 14-point fourth quarter deficit, get two-point conversion to steal 29-28 win from Chiefs

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Mike Williams caught a 1-yard touchdown pass from Philip Rivers with four seconds left and a two-point conversion that capped a furious fourth quarter rally as the Los Angeles Chargers clinched a playoff spot and kept their AFC West division title hopes alive with a 29-28 win over the Kansas City Chiefs on Thursday night.

Damien Williams 1-yard touchdown run for Kansas City gave the Chiefs a 28-14 lead with 8:15 remaining to play. A 3-yard touchdown run from Justin Jackson cut the lead to 28-21 with 3:49 left and 60-yard scoring drive in 2:33 for the go-ahead score allowed the Chargers to steal a victory that would have clinched the division title for the Chiefs.

With Keenan Allen catchless and sidelined for much of the game due to a hip injury and with Melvin Gordon and Austin Ekeler both out with injuries as well, Williams rose to the occasion to carry the Chargers offense. Williams caught seven passes for 76 yards with two touchdowns and scored a third touchdown on a 19-yard end around run to lift the Chargers offense. Travis Benjamin also came through with two clutch catches on Los Angeles’ final drive to set up the game-winning Williams touchdown.

Rivers finished with 313 yards passing with two touchdowns and two interceptions.

It was also the first win for the Chargers over the Chiefs since a 27-24 overtime victory in Sept. 2016.

The Chiefs marched 73 yards on 13 plays and ran nearly eight minutes off the clock before Damien Williams’ touchdown put Kansas City in control. After Jackson’s touchdown run closed the gap to seven, the Chargers forced a three-and-out which allowed them to get a shot for one final drive. However, Desmond King muffed the punt and nearly coughed the chance away before the game-winning drive could even begin.

Rivers zipped a pass to Benjamin for 31 yards after a holding penalty pushed the Chargers into a first-and-20 at their own 30 to begin the drive. Rivers would hit Benjamin again for 26 yards on fourth-and-7 from the Chiefs’ 36 to move the Chargers to the 10. A pass interference call on Steven Nelson gave the Chargers a fresh set of downs with eight seconds left and Rivers hit Williams for the touchdown on the ensuing play. Kansas City then appeared to bust a coverage on the two-point conversion, allowing Williams to be all alone for an easy grab to get the win.

Patrick Mahomes passes for 243 yards and two touchdowns for Kansas City. Damien Williams finished with 123 total yards from scrimmage in place of an injured Spencer Ware and the released Kareem Hunt.

The first two drives of the game for each team seemed to set the stage for the rest of the night. The Chargers ran seven offensive plays, gained 30 total yards and Rivers was intercepted by Steven Nelson. The Chiefs ran 20 offensive plays, gained 119 yards and Mahomes tossed touchdown passes to Demarcus Robinson and Darrel Williams in building a 14-0 lead.

The Chargers would never close the gap to less than seven points the rest of the night until their final offensive play of the game.

Damien Williams scored on touchdown runs of two yards and 1-yard for Kansas City.

90 responses to “Chargers rally from 14-point fourth quarter deficit, get two-point conversion to steal 29-28 win from Chiefs

  1. Refs blew a helmet to helmet so they make up call the Chargers to a win. Just get the dang first call right so we don’t have. To watch 2-3 more crappy calls while they try to catch their tales.

  2. Chiefs have lost their last 6 playoff games at home, and now this one. Doesn’t bode well for their playoff run.

  3. Would be great to see Rivers with a ring this year. The way he brought the Chargers back against the Steelers and now the Chiefs ya gotta like there chances…

  4. Officiating absolutely terrible again. Not a fan of either team but it was clear the refs favored the Chiefs. Great job by the Chargers to overcome the garbage refs.

  5. You can blame the refs all you want, but the Chiefs only had to make a few plays from winning the game, and they blew it both times.

  6. Chargers were getting great rush off the edge all night, but not much push up the middle.
    Seems like as soon as they stopped trying to get the sack and left Mahomes step up, he wasn’t as effective.
    Never count Phillip Rivers!
    Great game, Phil! Now go home and make another baby!

  7. Chiefs defense is atrocious. Officiating is atrocious. That PI on Sorenson that extended an earlier Chargers drive was just an inexplicably bad call, and the push-off by Williams on the final TD was also an inexcusable no-call. Chiefs got hosed, the NFL is on the Phillis bandwagon right now. Gotta get those seats sold and ratings up in LA.

  8. LA is getting the #1 seed.

    LAC – Ravens (W), at Denver (W)

    KC – at Seattle (L), Raiders.

    13-3 over 12-4.

    Sooner or later, that KC defense would cost them big…and it just happened.

  9. Not a fan or detractor of either team, but, the NFL really has become the Flag Football League — NOT because of a lack of contact, but, because Refs are deciding way too many games with ticky tack penalties at crucial points in the game.

  10. The Chiefs last drive killed them, starting with the block in the back on the kickoff return. Congrats Chargers, good luck with the Ravens because the Chiefs are going to have their hands full with the Seahawks. Both teams are in the playoffs though. Tough loss for us KC fans. I ain’t going to lie. Could be worse, we could be Raiders fans. Ha!

  11. I have to agree with previous comments on the refs being really awful – at least they made horrible calls on both teams, so it was even odds.

  12. No dog in this fight.

    Is anyone else just tired of make-up calls from Referees botching the game? That last Chiefs drive was FUELED almost entirely by penalties by the Chargers. Some were legitimate, others ticky tack. Earlier, there was a grounding that should have been called for offsetting penalties, and it was missed in favor of a facemask on Mahomes. Crap. But when the Chargers got the ball, it became obvious the Refs were were incompetent. Philip Rivers on his last drive gets a clear hit to the helmet as he’s going to the ground, and then gets no call. It would have given him 1st + Goal from the 5 with about 18 seconds left. Big miss there. A play later, Chiefs get called for a GARBAGE PI call, which magically puts the ball at the 1Yd line. The PI was absolutely pathetic, CB was fighting for position and barely “pulled the hand down”. Plus, the ball was nearly uncatchable. This was a clear “makeup” call by the refs to keep the Chargers in the game. A play later, they score with a Chargers pushoff which was pretty clear. Not called. I wonder why?

    Now I don’t really want to Chiefs to win because of my home team, but fair is fair. I don’t like seeing referees botch one call, and then try to “fix” their mistake by overcompensating on the next play on a fake penalty. Either get the calls right the first time or don’t call them when it’s not clear. Because calls like that make fans of their team feel like they got robbed when it goes the other way. Just call the game properly, no more make up calls!

  13. The refs were really bad in the late stretch. Questionable calls to extend the last KC drive, missing the helmet to helmet and then a clear make up call on the PI. Good to see the Chiefs start their annual choke fest early, though. New QB, same old Chiefs.

  14. tajuara says:
    December 13, 2018 at 11:54 pm
    The refs were just horrible.
    ===========================

    Agreed!

    When will this farce be addressed?

  15. Mahomes is a great talent but for all of those who want to declare him a the runaway MVP please explain how he and the Chiefs are 0-3 in their three biggest games — losses to the Patriots, the Rams and the Chargers. You’ve got a hard time rationalizing that as “MVP-like.”

  16. Everyone in my family pool was laughing that I took the chargers not the chiefs, even though I am way up in wins. I just thought the team that had the most to lose would play tougher. Actually KC was the better team, Chargers got lucky is all and so did I

  17. I was a Chiefs fan as a kid when they won their Super Bowl. But that tomahawk chop chant…..very happy the Chargers won and the Chiefs fanbase gets to watch another season implode.

  18. The following comments were made on Tuesday in one of the other threads about the game tonight… I hope they show their faces and humble their hubris…

    Proofreader99 said on December 11, 2018: The Chargers are not beating the Chiefs; no way, no how. So enjoy dreaming of that scenario until it goes up in smoke Thursday night.

    Bruce Payne said December 11, 2018: The Chargers have lost 10 straight to the Chiefs. Primetime game at Arrowhead? They don’t stand a chance. Weather might be bad too.

  19. Look Mahomes has had the luck of not playing a lot of teams with big pass rushes. Once he see’s those teams in the playoffs with good pass defenses his play wont come that easy and he may get frustrated. He has had a season for the ages so far but I still think he hasnt been challenged yet.

  20. The refs get worse every single week. Phantom holding calls on the defense against the Chiefs and Chargers. Not calling intentional grounding. Then they miss two blatant offensive PI calls at the end of the game. The NFL is becoming unwatchable all under the guise of “more offense=better.”

    This could’ve been an amazing game that was won by both sides defenses but instead the ref show decided to intervene.

  21. I flipped it back on and once I saw the Chiefs score I knew they would lose. Why bother watching the first 3Qs anymore when every game gets manipulated to be close at the end?

  22. I flipped it back on and once I saw the Chiefs score I knew they would lose. Why bother watching the first 3Qs anymore when every game gets manipulated to be close at the end?

  23. I flipped it back on and once I saw the Chiefs score I knew they would lose. Why bother watching the first 3Qs anymore when every game gets manipulated to be close at the end?

  24. I flipped it back on and once I saw the Chiefs score I knew they would lose. Why bother watching the first 3Qs anymore when every game gets manipulated to be close at the end?

  25. That last Chiefs drive, the one that started with a run for a 3 yards loss…up 7…with 4 min to go, was the most Andy Reid thing ever.

  26. That last Chiefs drive, the one that started with a run for a 3 yards loss…up 7…with 4 min to go, was the most Andy Reid thing ever.

  27. Not a fan of either team but the refs were terrible

    Fanthom holding calls on the chargers extending the Chiefs drive until they score a TD,

    I stopped watching after that but so surprised the Chiefs choked haha, can’t take Reid seriously in December.

  28. This game convinces me that the Chiefs will never win the brass ring with Reed at the helm. To play the stale, archaic “bend, don’t break” D instead of pressing Rivers and then to do the completely predictable running plays with 3 minutes left — this is inexcusable and proves beyond a shadow of a doubt that the era of the Reeds and McCarthys in the NFL is over. Watch for the innovative ones. The game has passed these dudes by. It will be very, very interesting to see how long the KC owner continues to satisfy himself with “close, but no cookie.” I mean, after all the talent John Dorsey gave the Chiefs over his 4 years there, to see it squandered like this is sad. Hopefully Dorsey will hire a HC in Cleveland who will be worthy of playing the talent he’s adding there.

  29. I see a comment saying the refs favored the Chiefs. Then I scroll down and see someone else say the refs favored the Chargers. Know what I think? I think people just like to blame the refs for an easy cop out. I couldn’t care less about either team, but hey, I didn’t see the refs leave Williams open on that two point conversion!

  30. The NFL just wants to make sure the Pats get home field …zero chance now that anyone but the Pats reps the afc in Super Bowl.

  31. What..a game for the most part! NFL makes all that money, it’s time to install digital officiating assistance. If refs blows a call, someone from New York or Los Angeles can hit the red button to stop the game and review the flag or play that should’ve been flagged but wasn’t. Make sure all the angles are covered. Especially in the play offs and big games like this one. But nope, of course not. It will ruin the soap opera the league is trying to dictate evidently. Bad refs or good refs, Phillip Rivers and the Chargers wanted it more. What an epic thriller to end the game.

  32. Seahawks are tough at home but the Chargers already beat them there. KC will coast to an easy W if they take care of the ball.

    Will be something else if Chargers win it all. Will be strange to visit this site and see zero fans bragging about the champion

  33. Two days ago I wrote on this site: “The Chargers are not beating the Chiefs; no way, no how.” Why? Because the Chargers always fall on their faces in pivotal games against better teams. Well … good thing I didn’t place a bet.

  34. Dislike both these teams but why are guys whining about the calls against KC late in the game. They were gift wrapped a couple TD’s earlier in the game on much softer def holdings than what we saw at the end. Even Aikman made a mention of it.

  35. What is up with the refs? That Dallas game and now this debacle. Yet, everyone will still act like the officials will get it right next week. I may start compiling a list of games won by bad calls. Forget it, I couldn’t make it past week two when the Packers were screwed by phantom roughing the passer calls. meh.

  36. matthoover4 says:
    December 13, 2018 at 11:58 pm
    Chiefs defense is atrocious. Officiating is atrocious. That PI on Sorenson that extended an earlier Chargers drive was just an inexplicably bad call, and the push-off by Williams on the final TD was also an inexcusable no-call. Chiefs got hosed, the NFL is on the Phillis bandwagon right now. Gotta get those seats sold and ratings up in LA.

    ====================
    Wrong
    The refs did indeed suck, but they certainly didnt favor the Bolts over the Chiefs.
    if you want to play look back, then you also have to look back at the last drive the chiefs scored, which had 3 penalties which extended the drive- two were petty, the third was a ghost!
    not to mention the illegal blocks in the back over and over again when the chief would run the ball or mahomes was scrambling.
    this game was officiated horribly, and good teams overcome that – BOTH sides have damn good football teams!

  37. One of the most impressive road wins by any team in the NFL I have seen a long time. It was like Rivers kicked down the door of the party, shut off the stereo, and sent everybody home!Have no dog in the fight this season as my team is not good. May have picked one up last night. Congrats to the real Chargers fans and to Philip Rivers as that was well deserved. Signed, Broncos fan.

  38. A great game marred by horrible officiating. The refs were far too involved in this game for all the wrong reasons.

    As for Kansas City, that defense is their Achilles heal, and if the offense stumbles at all, they’re toast.

  39. Pulledgroin says:
    December 14, 2018 at 12:06 am
    Mahomes is a great talent but for all of those who want to declare him a the runaway MVP please explain how he and the Chiefs are 0-3 in their three biggest games — losses to the Patriots, the Rams and the Chargers. You’ve got a hard time rationalizing that as “MVP-like.”

    Mahomes vs Patriots: 23/36, 352yds, 4 TD, 2 INT. Scored 40, lost by 3.

    Mahomes vs Rams: 33/46, 478yds, 6 TD, 3 INT. Scored 51, lost by 3.

    Mahomes vs Chargers: 24/34, 243yds, 2 TD, 0 INT. Scored 28, lost by 1.

    1,073 yards, 12 TD, 5 INT in their 3 losses by 7 total points. Defense gave up 126 points in those 3 games, an average of 42pts/game.

    4500yds, 45 TD, 11 INT on the season with 2 games to go. That’s over 1,000 more yards than the next guy, Andrew Luck, 11 more TDs, and 2 less INTs.

    He’s the MVP of this regular season, without question. He may easily top 5,000yds and 50 TDs, a rare feat, and he’s only in his 1st full season as a starter. He has lived up to the hype. The Chiefs would’ve been blown out of those games with any other quarterback.

    Sadly, the Chiefs will be done in this year by that terrible defense, which has been a major issue during Reid’s entire tenure. They will need to makeover that side of the ball in the a major way this offseason, starting with a new DC and an adjusted scheme. I like Bob Sutton and respect him greatly as a coach, but they’ve just not been able to get it done on that side of the ball with a lot of talent over the last 5-6 years. They have the draft picks and cap space to fix it, but the scheme and coaching need new leadership. Move Sutton into another senior role on staff and turn the defense over to someone else.

  40. The Chiefs are feeling the effect of being without Kareem Hunt. Obviously there’s a good reason for him being gone, but he was a vital weapon in their offense. They can not be nearly as dynamic now without him.

  41. Refs are atrocious,players are atrocious,coaches are atrocious,management atrocious,and the league commissioner is atrocious seems to line up well.

  42. For those complaining about bad/blown calls and saying the Chiefs should have won what about the biggest blown call of the night = THE INT THAT WASN’T!

    Rivers INT in the back of the endzone where Fuller caught the ball with one foot down and his ass CLEARLY landed on the chalk, so he SHOULD have been ruled out of bounds and the Chargers should have retained possession, BUT even with instant replay and super=slow motion the refs STILL BLEW THAT CALL = UNBELIEVABLE!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  43. rick taylor says:
    December 14, 2018 at 11:08 am
    Refs are atrocious,players are atrocious,coaches are atrocious,management atrocious,and the league commissioner is atrocious seems to line up well.

    >>>And yet hear you are after watching the game where all you seem to want to do is complain about it? WHY do you even watch?

    You remind me of a religious person that goes and watches a movie they KNOW they won’t like JUST to be able to complain about it = UNBELIEVABLE!!!

  44. The pass interference calls on both sides were horrible. The interference on Sorenson – that should be followed up with a fine to the crew. The missed helmet to helmet – a fine to the crew. The obvious offensive PI on the most critical moment of the game – a fine to the crew. I don’t know how the game would have turned out either way but it would be nice to have one of these critical games decided by the players not the officials. It’s very likely that these teams see each other again.

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