NFL Thursday pick: Los Angeles Chargers at Kansas City Chiefs
Dec 15, 2018, 01:45
This game simultaneously felt like a changing of the stripes of the Chargers, who long had refused to give up the mantle of the NFL's least opportune team, as well as a gut shot for the Chiefs.
They did both of those things in the first half, grabbing two interceptions and sacking Phillip Rivers four times.
Not only did the Chargers (11-3) clinch a playoff berth, they forged a first-place tie with the Chiefs (11-3) in the AFC West while ending a nine-game losing streak to their longtime division rivals. The Chiefs forced the Chargers to burn two timeouts on their last drive, but Mahomes was sacked by Isaac Rochell and Kansas City had to punt. Faced with an extra-point for overtime, coach Anthony Lynn went for the win, and Williams was all alone in the end zone.
Rivers led Los Angeles on a feverish fourth-quarter comeback Thursday night, capped by a debatable pass-interference call, a tense video review of the last touchdown and the gutsy decision to try a 2-point conversion. "We were in great position to get off the field".
What's more, Reid has essentially been a kid at Christmastime with the Chiefs' talent on offense.
After forcing two turnovers in the first half, the Chiefs managed to force zero in the second. One two-point conversion later, and it was time to unleash the victory tweet. Rivers popped up, furious with the refs as time ticked from 30 seconds all the way down to 13 before the Chargers realized they needed to take their final time out.
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The Chiefs will close out their season with a trip to Seattle to face the Seahawks on "Sunday Night Football" in Week 16 and host the lowly Raiders before the start of the postseason.
Arguably the most important take from this loss is that there is a good chance the Chiefs will meet the Chargers again in the playoffs.
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