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Kansas City 34, L.A. Chargers 28
When: 8:20 PM ET, Thursday, December 16, 2021
Where: SoFi Stadium, Inglewood, California
Temperature: 54°
Head Official: Shawn Smith
Attendance: 70240

Patrick Mahomes tossed a shallow cross that Travis Kelce turned into a 34-yard touchdown in overtime Thursday as the Kansas City Chiefs won their seventh straight by downing the Los Angeles Chargers 34-28 at Inglewood, Calif.

The win widened the AFC West lead for the Chiefs (10-4) as they won their eighth straight road game against the Chargers (8-6).

Mahomes overcame two turnovers, including an interception at his own 4-yard line, and a misfired pass to a wide-open receiver on fourth-and-goal. He finished 31 of 47 for 410 yards, with three touchdowns and one pick. Kelce recorded a career-best 191 yards and two TDs on 10 receptions.

Los Angeles gave the ball away three times on downs, once on a fumble and once on an interception.

Chargers quarterback Justin Herbert threw for 236 yards, going 22 of 38 with two touchdowns. Justin Jackson led a strong mix of Los Angeles rushers, gaining 86 of the Chargers' 192 yards on the ground.

The teams each scored two fourth-quarter touchdowns, with the Chiefs using a two-point conversion to forge a tie. The last score in regulation came with 1:16 left on a 7-yard Mahomes strike to Kelce, who set up another TD with a 69-yard catch.

Herbert, who was named the AFC player of the week for each of his past two performances, generated second-quarter touchdowns on his own 1-yard rush and a 4-yard pass to Jalen Guyton, giving the Chargers a 14-10 halftime lead.

Los Angeles could have grabbed a larger margin but failed on fourth-and-goal opportunities on its first and last drives of the half.

In the first quarter, Chargers tight end Donald Parham Jr. could not handle a pass in the back of the end zone, then landed awkwardly on his head and was taken to a hospital for evaluation. He was listed in stable condition late in the game.

On the final play of the half, the Chiefs' Daniel Sorensen knocked down a pass by Herbert, keeping Los Angeles from cashing in on a strip-sack by Joey Bosa.

The Chiefs established a 10-0 margin by scoring on their first two possessions.

Kansas City generated seven first downs on its first drive, moving 95 yards to put Michael Burton in position for a 7-yard TD burst on its first possession. The Chiefs got a 30-yard field goal from Harrison Butker early in the second quarter.

--Field Level Media

Top Game Performances
Rushing
Kansas City   L.A. Chargers
Clyde Edwards-Helaire Player Justin Jackson
9 Attempts 13
32 Yards 86
3.6 Avg Yards 6.6
0 Touchdowns 0
9 Long 22
Receiving
Kansas City   L.A. Chargers
Travis Kelce Player Keenan Allen
10 Receptions 6
191 Yards 78
19.1 Avg Yards 13.0
2 Touchdowns 1
69 Long 29
Team Stats Summary
 
  Yards Scoring Defense
Team Tot Rus Pas TD FG INT Sck FF
Kansas City 496 86 410 4 2 1 0.0 1
L.A. Chargers 428 192 236 4 0 1 1.0 1
Upcoming Games
  • L.A. Chargers will play their next game on the road against Houston. The Chargers have a W/L % of .375 after a win and .833 after a loss.
  • Kansas City will play their next game at home against Pittsburgh. The Chiefs have a W/L % of .700 after a win and .750 after a loss.