The Los Angeles Chargers overcame a 14-point fourth-quarter deficit to stun the Kansas City Chiefs 29-28 on Thursday night, clinching a playoff berth and creating a virtual tie atop the AFC West.
Philip Rivers' 1-yard TD pass to Mike Williams — the second-year receiver's third score of the night — put the Chargers in position to win with 4 seconds remaining. Rivers then hit Williams for the two-point conversion and a stunning victory.
"This was big. Here or at home, whatever," Rivers said. "We needed to beat these guys."
Despite the loss, which snapped Kansas City's nine-game win streak against the Chargers, the Chiefs technically remain in first place by virtue of a superior division record and retain the inside track for home-field advantage in the AFC.
Here are three other things we learned from Chargers-Chiefs:
Just enough juice: It was a remarkable performance by the Chargers given how hamstrung they were. Rivers was picked off twice, nearly threw a third interception and seemed to struggle in the Arrowhead winds. It didn't help that he was stripped of perhaps his three primary weapons. Melvin Gordon and Austin Ekeler, the team's top two running backs, were inactive. No. 1 WR Keenan Allen missed most of the game after falling awkwardly on his hip in the end zone in the first half. But Rivers and Co. rallied late. He finished with 313 yards and two TD passes. Williams, a first-round pick in 2017 who had a washout rookie year, turned in a signature performance with two receiving TDs and another on the ground.
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