The Kansas City Chiefs took hold of the AFC West thanks to a 24-17 divisional win over the Los Angeles Chargers on Monday Night Football in Mexico City.
Andy Reid’s team moved to 7-4 with the victory, leaving the Chargers in third chasing last night’s opponents and the Raiders as the NFL season enters its final quarter.
The Chiefs got off to a slow start initially, with quarterback Patrick Mahomes throwing for less than 70 yards in the first half and the Chargers controlling possession of the ball. That said, Kansas still managed to go in up at the break, leading 10-9 thanks to a failure to convert in the red zone from the Chargers.
Patrick Mahomes & Travis Kelce took advantage of the Chargers in a 2-deep safety look to get behind CB #43 Michael Davis and avoid SS #27 Jaylen Watkins in the corner of the end zone.
This was Kelce's 7th deep TD since 2017 (leads all tight ends).#KCvsLAC | #ChiefsKingdom pic.twitter.com/Quyywag4X1
— Next Gen Stats (@NextGenStats) November 19, 2019
The usual explosiveness of the Chiefs offence showed sparks in the second half, if never quite firing on all cylinders.
Philip Rivers was uncharacteristically wasteful, particularly in the fourth quarter, throwing two interceptions as he tried to tie the game. The final pick, from Chiefs’ Daniel Sorensen, secured the win, and left Rivers with four interceptions for the night, although he did throw for 353 yards.
Mahomes, on the other hand, managed just 182 yards and one touchdown, but it was his Chiefs that came away with the win.
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