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Rivers leads Chargers to last-second comeback win over KC

KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) Arrowhead Stadium was already emptying by the time Chargers quarterback Philip Rivers jogged to the locker room, triumphantly waving his hand as a satisfying cascade of boos washed over him.

He had finally beaten the Kansas City Chiefs.

It sounded perfect.

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. And for the first time in years against Kansas City, everything turned out perfectly for Rivers and the Chargers in a 29-28 victory that clinched their playoff spot.

''This was big. Here or at home, whatever,'' Rivers said, ''we needed to beat these guys.''

The Chargers (11-3) trailed 28-14 when Justin Jackson's touchdown run with 3:49 to go gave them a chance. They quickly got the ball back from Patrick Mahomes and the NFL's highest-scoring offense, and Rivers led a tense final drive that included a fourth-down dart to Travis Benjamin to keep it alive.

That crucial penalty on Kendall Fuller in the back of the end zone gave the Chargers the ball at the 1, and Rivers found Mike Williams along the sideline on the next play. And when his TD catch with 4 seconds left was confirmed, coach Anthony Lynn sent his offense back onto the field.

Williams hauled in the conversion to end five years' worth of frustration.

''We didn't come here to tie. We came here to win. So to me it was a no-brainer,'' said Lynn, whose team became the first since Minnesota in Week 15 of the 2002 season to win with a 2-point conversion in the final 10 seconds of regulation.

The comeback allowed Los Angeles to forge a first-place tie in the AFC West, though the Chiefs (11-3) hold the tiebreaker with a better division record. More satisfying was the simple fact that Rivers and the Chargers had finally snapped their nine-game losing streak against Kansas City.

They hadn't beaten the Chiefs since 2013, the last year they made the playoffs.

''Oh, it's satisfying,'' Benjamin said. ''We talked about it. We knew it had been a couple years and we wanted to go into this game and change that and we did.''

Rivers threw for 313 yards and two touchdowns with two interceptions, and Williams had seven catches for 76 yards and two scores while adding another on the ground. Jackson ran for 58 yards and a touchdown in place of the injured Melvin Gordon and Austin Ekeler.

Mahomes was held to just 243 yards and two touchdowns for Kansas City, and his inability to pick up a first down in the closing minutes proved costly. 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.

The Chiefs never got the ball back on offense.

''They found a way to win and we didn't,'' Mahomes said. ''You have to find a way in this league.''

Hyped by the return of star safety Eric Berry, it looked for a while as if the Chiefs would simply resume their vexation of Rivers at Arrowhead. Steven Nelson leaped to snag a jump ball for a pick on the second play of the game, and Rivers tossed another just before halftime.

Mahomes and Co. took advantage of their early momentum.

Kansas City breezed downfield after Nelson's interception, and the young MVP candidate threw a dart to Demarcus Robinson - while in the grasp of Chargers safety Adrian Phillips - for a 7-0 lead.

Then after a punt, Darrel Williams took a screen pass for his first career touchdown.

The Chargers finally reached the end zone in the second quarter, when Mike Williams caught a short TD pass. But it came moments after wide receiver Keenan Allen hurt his hip while trying to make a leaping grab in the corner of the end zone - he briefly returned before sitting out the rest of the game.

Mike Williams continued to pick up the slack the rest of the game.

After the Chiefs pushed their lead to 21-7 on Damien Williams' touchdown run, the Chargers' big, rangy wide receiver answered with a 19-yard end-around for a score. And when then Chiefs went on another methodical scoring drive to take a 28-14 lead with just over 8 minutes left in the game, Mike Williams helped to lead the Chargers to an answering touchdown to stay in the game.

He made two more big catches in the final seconds to put them over the top.

''Everybody needed to come together and make plays,'' Mike Williams said, ''and that's what we did.

TONY G'S AWARD

The Chiefs added TE Tony Gonzalez to their Hall of Fame at halftime. The six-time All-Pro played his first 12 seasons with the Chiefs before finishing his career in Atlanta. His name was unveiled next to that of WR Carlos Carson on the ring of honor inside Arrowhead Stadium.

INACTIVE STARS

Gordon (knee) tried to warmup before telling Lynn he couldn't play, joining Ekeler (concussion) on their inactive list. The Chiefs were missing RB Spencer Ware (hamstring) and WR Sammy Watkins (foot).

INJURIES

Chargers: Allen received treatment on the sideline after nearly making his spectacular TD catch, and he returned briefly before slowly walking off. He left for the locker room and did not return.

UP NEXT

Chargers: Return home for a prime-time game against the Ravens on Dec. 22.

Chiefs: Visit the Seahawks for another prime-time game Dec. 23.

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Key Players
M. Williams 81 WR
76 ReYds, 2 ReTDs, 7 RECs, 19 RuYds, RuTD
28
FPTS
Da. Williams 26 RB
49 RuYds, 2 RuTDs, 74 ReYds, 6 RECs
23
FPTS
Scoring Summary
4th Quarter
No scoring this quarter
Two Point Conversion 0:04
(Pass formation) TWO-POINT CONVERSION ATTEMPT. P.Rivers pass to M.Williams is complete. ATTEMPT SUCCEEDS.
plays
yds
pos
29
28
Touchdown 0:04
P.Rivers pass short right to M.Williams for 1 yard TOUCHDOWN. The Replay Official reviewed the pass completion ruling and the play was Upheld. The ruling on the field stands.
8
plays
60
yds
2:33
pos
27
28
Point After TD 3:49
M.Badgley extra point is GOOD Center-M.Windt Holder-D.Jones.
plays
yds
pos
21
28
Touchdown 3:49
J.Jackson up the middle for 3 yards TOUCHDOWN.
11
plays
75
yds
4:26
pos
20
28
Point After TD 8:15
H.Butker extra point is GOOD Center-J.Winchester Holder-D.Colquitt.
plays
yds
pos
14
28
Touchdown 8:15
Dam. Williams up the middle for 1 yard TOUCHDOWN.
13
plays
73
yds
7:55
pos
14
27
3rd Quarter
No scoring this quarter
Point After TD 4:57
M.Badgley extra point is GOOD Center-M.Windt Holder-D.Jones.
plays
yds
pos
14
21
Touchdown 4:57
M.Williams right end for 19 yards TOUCHDOWN.
11
plays
76
yds
6:41
pos
13
21
Point After TD 11:38
H.Butker extra point is GOOD Center-J.Winchester Holder-D.Colquitt.
plays
yds
pos
7
21
Touchdown 11:38
Dam. Williams up the middle for 2 yards TOUCHDOWN.
7
plays
74
yds
3:22
pos
7
20
2nd Quarter
No scoring this quarter
Point After TD 9:43
M.Badgley extra point is GOOD Center-M.Windt Holder-D.Jones.
plays
yds
pos
7
14
Touchdown 9:43
P.Rivers pass short left to M.Williams for 3 yards TOUCHDOWN.
10
plays
75
yds
6:00
pos
6
14
1st Quarter
No scoring this quarter
Point After TD 0:43
H.Butker extra point is GOOD Center-J.Winchester Holder-D.Colquitt.
plays
yds
pos
0
14
Touchdown 0:43
P.Mahomes pass short left to Dar.Williams for 11 yards TOUCHDOWN.
10
plays
80
yds
4:51
pos
0
13
Point After TD 9:09
H.Butker extra point is GOOD Center-J.Winchester Holder-D.Colquitt.
plays
yds
pos
0
7
Touchdown 9:18
P.Mahomes pass short right to D.Robinson for 5 yards TOUCHDOWN [A.Phillips].
10
plays
49
yds
4:58
pos
0
6
Team Stats
Time of Pos 33:16 26:44
1st Downs 30 22
Rushing 7 7
Passing 18 12
Penalty 5 3
3rd Down Conv 6-10 6-10
4th Down Conv 1-1 0-0
Total Net Yards 407 294
Total Plays 67 53
Avg Gain 6.1 5.5
Net Yards Rushing 119 60
Rush Attempts 24 17
Avg Rush Yards 5.0 3.5
Net Yards Passing 288 234
Comp. - Att. 26-38 24-34
Yards Per Pass 7.6 6.9
Sacked - Yards Lost 5-25 2-9
Penalties - Yards 7-50 10-66
Touchdowns 4 4
Rushing TDs 2 2
Passing TDs 2 2
Other 0 0
Turnovers 2 0
Fumbles - Lost 2-0 2-0
Int. Thrown 2 0
Punts - Avg 2-31.5 4-45.8
Return Yards 47 104
Punts - Returns 1-0 0-0
Kickoffs - Returns 2-47 5-104
Int. - Returns 0-0 2-0
Kicking 3/3 4/4
Extra Points 3/3 4/4
Field Goals 0/0 0/0
Red Zone Eff. 4-5 -80% 4-4 -100%
Goal to Go Eff. 3-3 -100% 3-3 -100%
Safeties 0 0
1234T
Chargers 11-3 0771529
Chiefs 11-3 1407728
288 PASS YDS 234
119 RUSH YDS 60
407 TOTAL YDS 294
Passing CP/ATT YDS TD INT FPTS
P. Rivers 17 QB
22
FPTS
IN-GAME COMP% YDS TD INT RTG
68.4% 313 2 2 89.0
SEASON COMP% YDS TD INT RTG
69.4% 3951 31 8 112.4
P. Rivers 26/38 313 2 2 22
Rushing ATT YDS TD LG FPTS
J. Jackson 32 RB
13
FPTS
IN-GAME ATT YDS TD
16 58 1
SEASON ATT YDS TD
43 197 2
J. Jackson 16 58 1 9 13
D. Newsome 38 RB
4
FPTS
IN-GAME ATT YDS TD
6 34 0
SEASON ATT YDS TD
11 49 0
D. Newsome 6 34 0 16 4
M. Williams 81 WR
28
FPTS
IN-GAME ATT YDS TD
1 19 1
SEASON ATT YDS TD
5 35 1
M. Williams 1 19 1 19 28
T. Benjamin 12 WR
5
FPTS
IN-GAME ATT YDS TD
1 8 0
SEASON ATT YDS TD
5 24 0
T. Benjamin 1 8 0 8 5
Receiving TAR REC YDS TD LG FPTS
M. Williams 81 WR
28
FPTS
IN-GAME TGT REC YDS TD
9 7 76 2
SEASON TGT REC YDS TD
- 37 592 9
M. Williams 9 7 76 2 38 28
Ty. Williams 16 WR
7
FPTS
IN-GAME TGT REC YDS TD
12 6 71 0
SEASON TGT REC YDS TD
- 38 618 5
Ty. Williams 12 6 71 0 26 7
T. Benjamin 12 WR
5
FPTS
IN-GAME TGT REC YDS TD
3 2 57 0
SEASON TGT REC YDS TD
- 11 175 1
T. Benjamin 3 2 57 0 31 5
A. Gates 85 TE
5
FPTS
IN-GAME TGT REC YDS TD
5 4 54 0
SEASON TGT REC YDS TD
- 25 312 2
A. Gates 5 4 54 0 22 5
J. Jackson 32 RB
13
FPTS
IN-GAME TGT REC YDS TD
4 3 27 0
SEASON TGT REC YDS TD
- 8 88 0
J. Jackson 4 3 27 0 16 13
D. Newsome 38 RB
4
FPTS
IN-GAME TGT REC YDS TD
2 2 19 0
SEASON TGT REC YDS TD
- 2 19 0
D. Newsome 2 2 19 0 11 4
V. Green 88 TE
0
FPTS
IN-GAME TGT REC YDS TD
3 2 9 0
SEASON TGT REC YDS TD
- 17 198 1
V. Green 3 2 9 0 6 0
Defense T-A SACK INT FF
A. Phillips 31 DB
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
5-4 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
50-22 1 0.0
A. Phillips 5-4 0.0 0 0
D. James 33 FS
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
4-1 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
66-27 3 3.0
D. James 4-1 0.0 0 0
M. Davis 43 CB
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
4-0 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
32-6 0 0.0
M. Davis 4-0 0.0 0 0
J. Brown 57 OLB
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
4-4 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
56-31 0 1.0
J. Brown 4-4 0.0 0 0
D. King 20 DB
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
3-2 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
39-12 3 0.0
D. King 3-2 0.0 0 0
J. Addae 37 SS
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
2-1 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
49-21 0 1.0
J. Addae 2-1 0.0 0 0
C. Hayward 26 CB
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
2-0 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
37-3 0 0.0
C. Hayward 2-0 0.0 0 0
M. Ingram 54 DE
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
1-2 0 1.5
SEASON T-A INT SACK
26-13 1 6.5
M. Ingram 1-2 1.5 0 0
D. Square 71 DE
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
1-1 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
14-15 0 3.0
D. Square 1-1 0.0 0 0
D. Philon 93 DT
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
1-0 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
16-11 0 2.0
D. Philon 1-0 0.0 0 0
J. Bosa 99 DE
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
1-0 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
15-4 0 4.0
J. Bosa 1-0 0.0 0 0
I. Rochell 98 DE
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
0-2 0 0.5
SEASON T-A INT SACK
16-11 1 4.5
I. Rochell 0-2 0.5 0 0
Kicking FG LG XP PTS
M. Badgley 4 K
3
FPTS
IN-GAME FG XP
0/0 3/3
SEASON FG XP
14/15 23/24
M. Badgley 0/0 0 3/3 3
Punting NO AVG IN20 LG
D. Jones 5 P
IN-GAME NO AVG IN20
2 41.5 0
SEASON NO AVG IN20
35 41.9 12
D. Jones 2 41.5 0 44
Kickoff Returns NO AVG LG TD
D. King 20 DB
0
FPTS
IN-GAME NO AVG LG TD
2 23.5 25 0
SEASON NO AVG LG TD
20 23.9 40 0
D. King 2 23.5 25 0
Punt Returns NO AVG LG TD
D. King 20 DB
0
FPTS
IN-GAME NO AVG LG TD
1 0.0 0 0
SEASON NO AVG LG TD
21 13.6 73 1
D. King 1 0.0 0 0
Passing CP/ATT YDS TD INT FPTS
P. Mahomes 15 QB
21
FPTS
IN-GAME COMP% YDS TD INT RTG
70.6% 243 2 0 110.3
SEASON COMP% YDS TD INT RTG
67.1% 4543 45 11 114.8
P. Mahomes 24/34 243 2 0 21
Rushing ATT YDS TD LG FPTS
Da. Williams 26 RB
23
FPTS
IN-GAME ATT YDS TD
10 49 2
SEASON ATT YDS TD
26 102 3
Da. Williams 10 49 2 22 23
Da. Williams 31 RB
8
FPTS
IN-GAME ATT YDS TD
2 13 0
SEASON ATT YDS TD
2 13 0
Da. Williams 2 13 0 8 8
P. Mahomes 15 QB
21
FPTS
IN-GAME ATT YDS TD
2 3 0
SEASON ATT YDS TD
55 238 2
P. Mahomes 2 3 0 2 21
T. Hill 10 WR
4
FPTS
IN-GAME ATT YDS TD
3 -5 0
SEASON ATT YDS TD
19 119 0
T. Hill 3 -5 0 0 4
Receiving TAR REC YDS TD LG FPTS
Da. Williams 26 RB
23
FPTS
IN-GAME TGT REC YDS TD
6 6 74 0
SEASON TGT REC YDS TD
- 15 115 1
Da. Williams 6 6 74 0 32 23
T. Kelce 87 TE
6
FPTS
IN-GAME TGT REC YDS TD
9 7 61 0
SEASON TGT REC YDS TD
- 93 1220 10
T. Kelce 9 7 61 0 16 6
T. Hill 10 WR
4
FPTS
IN-GAME TGT REC YDS TD
7 4 46 0
SEASON TGT REC YDS TD
- 78 1304 11
T. Hill 7 4 46 0 33 4
Da. Williams 31 RB
8
FPTS
IN-GAME TGT REC YDS TD
2 2 19 1
SEASON TGT REC YDS TD
- 3 27 1
Da. Williams 2 2 19 1 11 8
C. Conley 17 WR
1
FPTS
IN-GAME TGT REC YDS TD
3 2 19 0
SEASON TGT REC YDS TD
- 29 280 5
C. Conley 3 2 19 0 16 1
K. Benjamin 81 WR
1
FPTS
IN-GAME TGT REC YDS TD
2 1 17 0
SEASON TGT REC YDS TD
- 24 371 1
K. Benjamin 2 1 17 0 17 1
D. Robinson 11 WR
6
FPTS
IN-GAME TGT REC YDS TD
3 2 7 1
SEASON TGT REC YDS TD
- 19 182 2
D. Robinson 3 2 7 1 5 6
D. Harris 84 TE
0
FPTS
IN-GAME TGT REC YDS TD
2 0 0 0
SEASON TGT REC YDS TD
- 12 164 3
D. Harris 2 0 0 0 0 0
Defense T-A SACK INT FF
A. Hitchens 53 ILB
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
5-6 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
71-43 0 0.0
A. Hitchens 5-6 0.0 0 0
R. Parker 38 FS
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
5-3 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
63-13 2 1.0
R. Parker 5-3 0.0 0 0
E. Berry 29 DB
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
4-2 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
4-2 0 0.0
E. Berry 4-2 0.0 0 0
S. Nelson 20 CB
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
3-1 1 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
48-9 4 0.0
S. Nelson 3-1 0.0 1 0
D. Sorensen 49 DB
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
3-0 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
9-7 0 0.0
D. Sorensen 3-0 0.0 0 0
A. Bailey 97 DE
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
2-1 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
25-9 0 6.0
A. Bailey 2-1 0.0 0 0
J. Houston 50 OLB
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
2-3 0 1.5
SEASON T-A INT SACK
22-7 1 6.5
J. Houston 2-3 1.5 0 0
E. Murray 21 SS
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
2-1 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
41-12 1 0.0
E. Murray 2-1 0.0 0 0
O. Scandrick 22 DB
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
2-1 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
38-6 1 0.0
O. Scandrick 2-1 0.0 0 1
D. Ford 55 OLB
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
2-1 0 1.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
36-9 0 11.0
D. Ford 2-1 1.0 0 0
D. O'Daniel 44 LB
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
2-1 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
18-9 0 0.0
D. O'Daniel 2-1 0.0 0 0
C. Jones 95 DE
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
2-1 0 2.5
SEASON T-A INT SACK
33-4 1 13.5
C. Jones 2-1 2.5 0 0
K. Fuller 23 CB
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
1-1 1 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
55-15 2 0.0
K. Fuller 1-1 0.0 1 0
X. Williams 98 NT
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
1-3 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
22-17 0 2.0
X. Williams 1-3 0.0 0 0
R. Ragland 59 ILB
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
1-3 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
40-30 0 0.0
R. Ragland 1-3 0.0 0 0
B. Speaks 57 OLB
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
0-1 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
15-9 0 1.0
B. Speaks 0-1 0.0 0 0
J. Hamilton 74 DT
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
0-1 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
0-1 0 0.0
J. Hamilton 0-1 0.0 0 0
D. Nnadi 91 NT
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
0-3 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
15-15 0 0.0
D. Nnadi 0-3 0.0 0 0
Kicking FG LG XP PTS
H. Butker 7 K
4
FPTS
IN-GAME FG XP
0/0 4/4
SEASON FG XP
21/24 58/62
H. Butker 0/0 0 4/4 4
Punting NO AVG IN20 LG
D. Colquitt 2 P
IN-GAME NO AVG IN20
4 50.8 1
SEASON NO AVG IN20
41 45.1 19
D. Colquitt 4 50.8 1 61
Kickoff Returns NO AVG LG TD
T. Smith 39 DB
0
FPTS
IN-GAME NO AVG LG TD
5 20.8 51 0
SEASON NO AVG LG TD
28 26.6 97 0
T. Smith 5 20.8 51 0
Punt Returns NO AVG LG TD
1st POSS PLAYS YDS RESULT
15:00 LAC 20 0:53 2 4 INT
9:09 LAC 25 3:35 5 31 Punt
0:43 LAC 25 6:00 10 75 TD
2nd POSS PLAYS YDS RESULT
8:03 LAC 5 7:16 15 84 INT
0:09 LAC 20 0:09 1 7 Half
3rd POSS PLAYS YDS RESULT
11:38 LAC 24 6:41 11 76 TD
2:53 LAC 23 1:43 4 11 Punt
4th POSS PLAYS YDS RESULT
8:15 LAC 25 4:26 11 75 TD
2:37 LAC 40 2:33 8 60 TD
1st POSS PLAYS YDS RESULT
14:07 LAC 49 4:58 10 49 TD
5:34 KC 20 4:51 10 80 TD
2nd POSS PLAYS YDS RESULT
9:43 LAC 49 1:40 3 7 Punt
0:47 KC 20 0:38 4 19 Punt
3rd POSS PLAYS YDS RESULT
15:00 KC 26 3:22 7 74 TD
4:57 KC 20 2:04 3 7 Punt
1:10 KC 27 7:55 13 73 TD
4th POSS PLAYS YDS RESULT
3:49 KC 11 1:12 3 -5 Punt