Rivers Rally’s Back Against The Chiefs

Nicholas Cothrel

The 37 year old Phillip Rivers has not slowed down one bit. Heading into the season the Chargers had big expectations to make a playoff run. Rivers is currently fourth in passing yards this season and tied for third in passing touchdowns.

Phillip Rivers and the Chargers headed to Arrowhead Stadium for an intense Thursday night football showdown, taking on Patrick Mahomes and Kansas City Chiefs. The Chargers and Chiefs rivalry goes way back, battling it out twice a year for the AFC west title.

To kickoff the game, Rivers attempted a deep throw over the middle of the field to Tyrell Williams but Chiefs cornerback Steven Nelson was in tight coverage and went up for the interception. Mahomes then took over on offense after the turnover and lead the Chiefs to a touchdown.

The Chiefs offense got rolling quick by throwing up a pair of early touchdowns leading 14-0.

Rivers battled his way back into the game finding second year wide receiver Mike Williams in the end zone before halftime.

After halftime the Chargers and Chiefs traded a touchdown each in the third quarter. Later in the third quarter Mahomes tossed his fourth touchdown of the game finding running back Damien Williams and extending their lead.

It then became crunch time for the Chargers as they trailed late in the fourth quarter 28-14. Rivers took over with 8:15 left in the game and marched downfield handing it off to Justin Jackson for a touchdown, putting the game within reach. Chargers defense stopped the high powered Mahomes and forced a 3 and out to get the ball back.

It came down to the Chargers getting the ball back with 2:33 left on the clock. Rivers found wide receiver Travis Benjamin twice, for two chunk plays both totaling more than 25 yards. Chargers offense find their way into the red zone in order to develop a scoring drive. Rivers then takes the snap with eight seconds left and finds Mike Williams again for his second touchdown of the night and makes the game 28-27.

With only needing the extra point to tie the game, head coach Anthony Lind decides to keep Rivers and the offense out on the field to attempt the two-point conversion, in order to win the game instead of forcing the tie and head to overtime. Rivers finds Mike Williams wide open in the end zone and converts the two-point conversion giving the Chargers the 28-27 victory.

Rivers finished the game 26/38, 313 passing yards and two passing touchdowns. Mike Williams had his breakout performance posting 95 total yards and three touchdowns. Williams stepped up with huge plays when Keenan Allen had to leave the game with an injury he suffered to his hip.

With the Victory over the Kansas City Chiefs, that puts the Los Angeles Chargers tied at the top of the AFC West. Winning the division is so critical, so they can host the playoff games at home versus playing them on the road. Whichever team loses out on taking the division title, will go from a number one seed in the playoffs to a number five, wildcard seed.

Rivers and the Chargers finished last season winning six of their last seven games and just missed the wildcard. This season they are tied for the best record in the AFC with the Chiefs (11-3).

(Photo: Sporting News/ David Steele)

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