The regular season finale of Thursday Night Football was simply amazing. The Los Angeles Chargers topped the Kansas City Chiefs 29-28 after scoring a touchdown with four seconds left and then deciding to go for two.
After cutting the Kansas City lead to 28-27 on a touchdown catch by Mike Williams, Chargers head coach Anthony Lynn opted to go for two and the win. The victory ends Kansas City’s nine-game winning streak against the Chargers.
Moments later, Chargers quarterback Philip Rivers found Williams in the end zone again for the game-winning score. A pair of Patrick Mahomes touchdown passes put the Chargers in a 14-0 first quarter hole before they eventually began to rally.
Trailing by as much as 14 on three occasions, Rivers finished with 313 yards passing and two touchdowns and in the process, outdueling Mahomes, who was held to just 243 yards.
The win propels the Chargers into a first-place tie for the AFC West lead and a share of the conference’s best record. However, the Chiefs have the tie-breaker nod over the Chargers due to a better divisional record.
Incredibly, the winner of the AFC West could be the conference’s overall top seed; while the loser will likely be saddled with a fifth seed and needing to win three road games to advance to the Super Bowl.
Mahomes might be the eventually league MVP but for one night, it was Rivers, who played like an MVP candidate in the game’s critical moments.