Sunday Night Football: Travis Kelce’s third touchdown leads Chiefs to late comeback win

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The Chiefs broke the Chargers’ hearts yet again.

Patrick Mahomes threw a 17-yard touchdown pass to Travis Kelce with 31 seconds remaining in Sunday Night Football, lifting the Chiefs to a 30-27 victory. It was the sixth and final lead change of a back-and-forth game that saw both teams score a touchdown in the final two minutes.

The Chiefs improved to 8-2, while the Chargers fell to 5-5.

In the teams’ first meeting on Sept. 15, it was Jaylen Watson‘s 99-yard pick-six that broke a 17-17 tie in the fourth quarter in the Chiefs’ 27-24 win. The Chargers blew a 10-point, second-half lead in that one.

On Sunday night, the Chargers scored with 1:46 remaining on a 6-yard touchdown pass from Justin Herbert to Joshua Palmer. The key play on the 10-play, 64-yard drive was a 46-yard pass from Herbert to Keenan Allen to the Kansas City 16 on third-and-18.

The Chargers got the ball back to stay in the game with 6:47 left when Jerick McKinnon fumbled after Troy Reeder punched the ball out and Alohi Gilman recovered at the Los Angeles 36. It set up the Chargers’ go-ahead touchdown.

But the Chargers left too much time for Mahomes as the Chiefs needed only six plays and 1:15 to go 75 yards for the game-winner.

The Chargers got the ball back at their own 25 with 31 seconds left, but Chris Jones sacked Herbert and then Herbert threw an interception to Nick Bolton to end it.

The Chiefs outgained the Chargers 485 to 365 as Mahomes went 20-of-34 for 329 yards and three touchdowns. Isiah Pacheco had the team’s first 100-yard rushing game since Week 4 of last season, running for 107 yards on 15 carries. Kelce caught six passes for 115 yards and three touchdowns.

Herbert was 23-of-30 for 280 yards with two touchdowns and an interception. Palmer made eight catches for 106 yards and two touchdowns, while Allen had five receptions for 94 yards in his return.

It was something of a battle of attrition. The Chiefs lost running back Clyde Edwards-Helaire (ankle), receiver Kadarius Toney (hamstring) and safety Juan Thornhill (calf), and the Chargers saw linebacker Kenneth Murray (neck), receiver Mike Williams (ankle) and safety Nasir Adderley (thumb) go out.

28 responses to “Sunday Night Football: Travis Kelce’s third touchdown leads Chiefs to late comeback win

  1. James just proved to everyone that he can’t cover a 33 year old Kelce. For a team to think their best player can cover him 1v1 is ignorant. And I love it when guys chirp to Kelce, it makes him mad, and then he gets a bunch of yards and TD’s.

  2. As a sports fan, I’ll be tuning into any game involving Mahomes vs Herbert or Mahomes vs Allen. That’s some great QB play and that’s what drives the league.

    Oh and Kelce is just over a thousand yards from passing Tony G

    Tony Gonzalez 10940 yards with Kansas City
    Travis Kelce 9861 yards

  3. Mahomes is in his own tier, no one else is.
    No Allen, Hebert etc. Mahomes is best.

    Under 2 mins with ball and still no doubt he can make field goal range at least. It’s inevitable.

  4. It has to be frustrating for opposing teams to know that any lead with less than 2 minutes to play isn’t safe when you play the Chiefs. Mahomes is from a different universe.

  5. Since Mahomes became the Chiefs QB I SWEAR I EXPECT the Chiefs to win every game, no matter how far they are behind, no matter how little time remains (13 SECONDS!) I suffered through Mike Linvingston, Bill Kenney, Todd Blackledge, Elvis Grbac, Sonny (Steve) Bono, washed up Dave Krieg, Brock Huard. Yes, Trent Green was good and I respected Alex Smith, but you HOPED for a comeback when trailing. With Mahomes, it truly IS Mahomes Magic. When he doesn’t pull it out at the end I’m almost shocked. I never thought they’d EVER have a Franchise QB, let alone a HOFer who has already won us something I’d also ever see…a SB. It’s Football Heaven.

  6. Same as ever. Kelce is the Chargers’ daddy. In fact the Chiefs have several Chargers’ daddies.

  7. You can set your watch by the Chargers innate ability to fail in the biggest moments of the biggest games. Brandon Staley is flat out wasting Herbert’s rookie deal. Chargers gonna Charger.

  8. 6 catches, 115 yards, 3 TD’s….everyone talks about Mahomes, and rightfully so, but man, as a life long chiefs fan I can’t believe we have a guy like Kelce catching the ball. He’s the best TE to play the game and I’ll die on that hill.

    And I had the joy of watching Tony Gonzales play.

  9. I was at the field listening to the Ravens broadcast. Their announcer said Mark Andrews is the best TE in the game.

    What’s the penalty for lying?

  10. Chiefs have clearly taken another step backwards heading to mediocrity. Patty’s salary has annihilated their roster depth. Barely squeaking by a second tier team yet again. Done in the divisional round again.

  11. Just make it official already and flex the Chiefs into every Sunday night, you’re always are guaranteed a blockbuster

  12. Yet another Herbert 4th quarter pick,just like clockwork. Remains sub .500 for career, but hey, I guess he looks good doing it. Hahaha.

  13. Staley has gotta go not being able to hold that lead. His defenses have sucked and he is a defensive coordinator. Herbert’s rookie contract is being wasted. I look forward to Sean Payton coaching the Chargers next year.

  14. Chargers head coach was not playing situational football by leaving too much time on the clock to allow Mahomes’ comeback. Belichick would have milked every second out of each play and game clock to avoid giving the ball back to Mahomes. Herbert deserves a better head coach.

  15. Obviously Mahomes is Mahomes and deserves all the accolades he can get. But I think it gets lost sometimes how amazing Kelce is. There’s other great receiving TEs out there but as far as consistency and never missing playing time he is a freak of nature.

  16. Watch for Sean Payton to be the coach of this team. You can’t beat Mahommes and Andy Reid with Staley. This guy has no business being a head coach. He proved it last year when he blew that game against the Raiders and missed the playoffs.

  17. Good comeback win. But when the Chiefs needed a stop to seal the victory, the Chargers came down and scored with less than 2:00 left. Not good.

  18. Sitting atop the conference once again! What excites me as a fan that goes back to the Bill Kenney days is how we are set for the long-term. The amount of rookies and young guys on both sides of the ball who are getting better will keep us competitive for awhile. Obviously Kelce is the man, but was thrilled to see Skyy Moore finally step up with the injuries last night.
    Herbert’s rookie deal will be expiring and Allen’s cap number jumps way up next year.

  19. “James just proved to everyone that he can’t cover a 33 year old Kelce. For a team to think their best player can cover him 1v1 is ignorant. And I love it when guys chirp to Kelce, it makes him mad, and then he gets a bunch of yards and TD’s.”

    And the Chiefs had a bunch of guys out hurt. How do you not double-team Kelce in key situations and make some of the untested guys prove they can beat you? Every key play on the winning drive was Mahomes running and Kelce getting wide open on the TD.

  20. When the chiefs needed a stop…. They had a sack, then forced Qbert out of the pocket, and he threw an interception with less than 2 minutes…. Very good!

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