Chiefs intercept Philip Rivers four times in 24-17 win over Chargers

AP

Travis Kelce caught seven passes for 92 yards and a touchdown and the Kansas City Chiefs intercepted Philip Rivers four times in earning a 24-17 victory over the Los Angeles Chargers on Monday night in Mexico City.

Rivers was intercepted in the end zone by Daniel Sorensen with 18 seconds left to play as the Chargers tried to find a tying score in the closing seconds. Los Angeles had driven from their own 9-yard line in the final two minutes to get into scoring range before Rivers’ fourth pick of the night and seventh in the last two games ended the Chargers’ hopes.

The Chargers did everything they could to frustrate Patrick Mahomes and the offense of the Chiefs early on. The Chiefs were held to just 109 yards of total offense in the first half as Patrick Mahomes was limited to just 63 yards passing with an interception. Despite the limited offensive output, the Chiefs still led 10-9 at the break. Losing Tyreek Hill to a hamstring injury didn’t help either.

Trailing 3-0 in the second quarter, LeSean McCoy scored on a 6-yard touchdown run after an interception by Tyrann Mathieu gave the Chiefs the ball on the Chargers’ door step. Harrison Butker would add a 41-yard field goal for Kansas City as Michael Badgley converted kicks of 27, 26 and 49 yards to as the Chiefs took a 10-9 lead into the half.

Kansas City’s offense would find its form in the third quarter. Darrel Williams scored on a 6-yard run to cap a nine-play, 75-yard drive to begin the third quarter. Mahomes would then connect with Kelce on a 23-yard strike to give the Chiefs a 24-9 advantage.

Mahomes would finish 19 of 32 for 182 yards with a touchdown, interception and a team-high 59 rushing yards on five carries.

Rivers and the Chargers would answer back with a 7-yard touchdown pass to Keenan Allen to draw within seven after a successful two-point conversion to Hunter Henry. Kansas City kept the Chargers pinned deep in their own territory throughout the final quarter with all four of the team’s possessions beginning inside their own 20-yard line. The Chargers got one final chance from their own 9-yard line with 1:53 left to play.

A fourth down completion to Hunter Henry and a 50-yard bomb to Mike Williams gave the Chargers a real chance to tie the game. An officiating error on the Williams catch also granted the Chargers extra time as the clock stopped when Williams was touched down in bounds and the clock should have continued to run.

A screen pass to Austin Ekeler moved L.A. to Chiefs’ 14-yard line before the final interception ended the game. Derrick Nnadi and Rashad Fenton also intercepted Rivers for Kansas City. Rivers completed 28 of 52 passes for 353 yards with a touchdown and four interceptions.

Ekeler caught eight passes for 108 yards to lead the Chargers.

78 responses to “Chiefs intercept Philip Rivers four times in 24-17 win over Chargers

  1. Love me some Chiefs but that was far more Rivers losing it than the Chiefs winning it.

    Sorry Mexico but maybe this sloppy game was a product of the environment. Keep the teams at home!

  2. I’m a Raiders fan, but even I felt bad for Rivers tonight. He might have reached the end of the road in San Diego. I can see them drafting a QB in the first round next year.

  3. I’m still willing to think it’s not all on Rivers. Clearly the lack of oline quality has gotten to him. I think he’s done with the Chargers after this season for sure.

  4. tinye67 says:
    November 18, 2019 at 11:50 pm
    Cousins has 3 INTs the entire season and people refuse to believe he’s a decent QB.
    —————

    I bet you Cousins would have a lot more than 3 INTs if he had the Chargers oline.

  5. Is it time to send Rivers back home to the South? Cam Newton for Rivers puts people in the seats of the new stadium, brings in a player that connects w the limelight (maybe even seeks it to a fault) and also gives the Chargers a QB who actually wants to live in LA and not still commute 2-3 hours a day because after 3 years he just cant commit to the area. It won’t be any worse and it may not get too much better but at least it establishes a fan base in LA while you find a QB for the future.

  6. Right let’s throw the ball to a 5’10” back covered by a 6’2” db. I’ve tried to defend Rivers but I can’t this time.

  7. Rivers’ way to going on and making the decision easier for the management. He won’t likely return after this season, he may serve as a backup elsewhere but I don’t see a future with him and the Chargers. That consecutive starting streak is irrelevant to the team and he should relinquish his starting duties to Taylor or Stick.

  8. Rivers’ way to going out and making the decision easier for the management. He won’t likely return after this season, he may serve as a backup elsewhere but I don’t see a future with him and the Chargers. That consecutive starting streak is irrelevant to the team and he should relinquish his starting duties to Taylor or Stick.

  9. Aging out athletically is undefeated…. Rivers appears to have hit that wall. He was a very solid NFL QB for many years; a franchise anchor. You gotta wonder what his story would be if he’d played for another franchise(s). Maybe Eli was playing 3D chess…..

  10. Especially tough with the tv guys literally slobbering about how great Rivers is, only to see him fail again in crunch time….his OL continues to struggle, but that last pass…..hard to see how a veteran QB doesn’t see the defender and throw it away and go to third down. Brings to mind late-career Brett Favre, when the gunslinger bit began resulting in more agonizing losses than amazing victories.

  11. The great class of 2004 is done. Eli, Phil and Ben….take a bow and await Canton….youre playing days are over.

  12. It’s time to start Tyrod Taylor. Get him ready over the bye week, Rivers has been done for weeks, watching him “try” to play QB is just sad now. Even Eli would have won that game.

  13. Anyone else notice Thomas Davis knock McCoy out of the game with a helmet to helmet hit? Believe it. Left the game and was being treated for a concussion. What was Burfict saying?

  14. Rivers is the Matt Stafford of the AFC. Only worse. Also, people want to bang on Cousins like they do Trump, but Captain Kirk is much more careful with the football than Rivers. What the hell has Rivers ever done?

  15. I’m a Raiders fan, but I don’t feel one bit bad for him. Without being able to back it up, he is a trash talker extraordinaire. Only thing better is that all of his kids will remember how bad he was in the clutch.

  16. Just last year, Rivers won the game in KC with pinpoint accuracy on two final drives. Ridiculously accurate throws on 4th down. He could not age that much in one year. The problem is not age but a lack of protection (left tackle out again), which is making him flustered. Maybe he needs to be more patient etc but I don’t believe his raw skills have declined.

    Perhaps Tyrod Taylor will be QB next year?

  17. Its funny hearing them say future HOF QB Rivers.

    what has he really done other than put up regular season stats and choke in the playoffs? He is known for throwing those picks to end games. but every year he gets a free pass.

  18. The game is slowly … getting too fast for Rivers. Battered passes, forced fumbles and a propensity for ints that is becoming scary.
    Great arm talent,he will be remembered as a top five regular season QB of all time.

  19. Rivers is a great guy and he never misses any time due to injury, but he’s looking old out there. It appears Rivers should hang it up after this season. Do the Chargers even have a backup QB?

  20. Rivers sucks. Any game I see him he’s nothin more than average to lousy. How does he keep coming up in talks about the Hall of Fame?? Don’t get it.

  21. I don’t feel bad for the Chargers. Rivers has choked in big games for years now. Should have traded him 5 years ago.

  22. So far in the Season Rivers has 15 touchdowns and 14 interceptions with Keenan Allen Mike Williams and Hunter Hunter Henry I’m sorry he is done in the NFL

  23. With 4 int’s, why wasn’t this a blow out? I know Tyreek & Shady got hurt but if the Chiefs O is so prolific they should have been able to win by more than one TD.

  24. “Only thing better is that all of his kids will remember how bad he was in the clutch.”

    That’s a sad little comment. And I doubt that very much.

    I expect his kids will remember he made so many millions they have anything they want out of life and can do anything they want with theirs.

  25. Rivers is a great guy and he never misses any time due to injury, but he’s looking old out there. It appears Rivers should hang it up after this season. Do the Chargers even have a backup QB?
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    Yea they have Tyrod who they arguably should have been their starter all season. I could see this team being 11-5 or 10-6 with him instead of rivers.

  26. Rivers is the perfect example of a franchise QB not being elite:

    -great arm talent, great regular season stats

    -great image with the media, friendly and communicative

    -tendency to choke and screw games once he reaches 3 rd quarter

  27. I understand Philip River is an excellent quarterback and he’s gritty and has impressive stats. He is just never someone I enjoy watching. Aesthetically his shot-put throwing motion is just painful to watch. And he or his team or combination of both always choked at the last minute or always fall short of expectation. I am more of a fan of football than a team fan so I just want to watch a good football game but the Chargers are usually the last option in my viewing decision. There’s nothing about Philip Rivers and the Chargers for me to enjoy just as a TV audience.

  28. Like the Broncos, it’s time the Chargers start reviewing draft prospects at QB. Rivers’ wonky release leaves little room for mistakes and it’s clear his arm strength has weakened throughout the season. Eli was forced out earlier in the season, so it’s not shocking that the bell tolls for Rivers now.

  29. Miami should sign Kapernick, make him the starter for the last 5 games or so of this year, and, for the WHOLE 2020 season. Evaluate his status comes season 2121.
    They then spend their highest 2020 draft pick on Chase Young, keep Rosen as a backup, and put an end to this ridiculous saga where both sides are at fault.
    One thing is sure with that scenario: the team will end up season 2020 between 0-16 and 16-0.

    One last note : hit 4-5 homeruns in the 2020 draft, and do the same in 2020 free agency.

    How about them Dolphins !!!

  30. tinye67 says:
    “Cousins has 3 INTs the entire season and people refuse to believe he’s a decent QB.”

    you do not pay a DECENT QB 87 MILLION GUARANTEED!!

  31. foodiefoodnerd says:
    November 19, 2019 at 6:50 am

    I can still see this DB (and not defensive back) running down his sideline to stand over and taunt injured Jay Cutler.
    _______________

    No surprise there. He’s one of them righteous and holy Christian boys. Douche baggery is the calling card. But whatever he does cannot be questioned because he read a really old book and so everyone should just recognize.

  32. How many times throughout his career as a starter has Rivers thrown a pick late 4th quarter to wrap up the loss?

    Obviously, one pick doesn’t lose the entire game any more than a late-game botched field goal does, but this guy must hold the record.

    Had the Chargers managed to score here, Rivers would have drowned their chances in overtime.

  33. Really he threw 5 int’s last night. Mathieu dropped that wounded duck n the 3rd qtr. that even Rivers was laughing about it on the ground afterwards in disbelief that he dropped it.

  34. foodiefoodnerd: I totally agree. I would add all those times where he started to screw the game in the third quarter, in those situations when they did lead or trail by one score.

  35. After every play Rivers starts yelling at everyone LoL… Even after he fumbles or gets picked off like it’s always someone else’s fault.

  36. “Why no comments about the turf, which was supposed to be in great shape, but proved to be noticeably sub-standard?”

    Because field conditions don’t really affect the outcome of games since both teams have to play on it.

  37. I just don’t understand why guys like Schein and others keep saying Rivers is a Hall of Fame QB. Based on WHAT? He has never won anything of note, has he? The Chargers were supposed to be this high-powered Offense last year and Brady and the Pats kicked their butts in the playoffs. Then this year they were supposed to be “great” again. How’s that working out? Rivers is no Marino. BIG difference between those guys. And lately Rivers has been horrible, as he was again last night. Hall of Fame? I don’t think so….

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