At Kansas City
8:20 p.m. ET
37 degrees / Winds approximately 8 mph
Key Coaching Decision #1: (LAC ball, trailing 28-20 / PAT attempt / 3:49 Q4)
• After a Justin Jackson 3-yard touchdown run, the Chargers decided to kick a PAT rather than attempt a two-point conversion. They would later attempt a two-point conversion (see Key Coaching Decision #3). It would be interesting to know if Anthony Lynn knew at this point that he’d go for two after the next score. If they knew they were going to attempt it, they might have attempted it here rather than later. Had they not made a two-point conversion here, they could attempt a second one to tie the game.
• A successful two-point conversion here would have made it 28-22 and the later touchdown with an extra point would have been enough for the win.
Key Coaching Decision #2: (KC ball, leading 28-21 / third-and-13, KC 8 / 3:26 Q4)
• After Patrick Mahomes is sacked by Isaac Rochell and Melvin Ingram, forcing a Chiefs punt from their own end zone, the Chargers elect to not use their third and final timeout. The Chargers had used two previous timeouts during this impressive defensive stand. However, they don’t call one here. Rather, they save the timeout for their last drive. They need that timeout on the final drive as Philip Rivers is sacked with 28 seconds left. They didn’t use the timeout, however, until 13 seconds remain in the game. They waste 15 seconds. It works in their favor, though. After the Chargers take the lead, there is only enough time left on the clock for the Chiefs to field a kickoff.
Key Coaching Decision #3: (LAC ball, trailing 28-27 / two-point conversion / 0:04 Q4)
• Anthony Lynn opts for the two-point conversion attempt rather than a PAT attempt that would have tied the game and sent it to overtime. A failed conversion would give the Chiefs a home win. Philip Rivers’ pass to wide receiver Mike Williams gives the Chargers their first and only lead of the game.
• The Chargers clinched a playoff spot with their Thursday night road win over Kansas City.
• In a surprise, the Chargers offense outgained the Chiefs offense, 407-294. More surprising is that the Chargers did this without the services of their top two running backs for the entire game and their top wide receiver for most of the game.
• Philip Rivers threw for 313 yards with two TDs and two INTs, including one on the Chargers’ first drive that led to a Chiefs touchdown. Meanwhile Patrick Mahomes threw for 243 yards and two touchdowns.
• The Chargers were down 28-14 late in the fourth quarter.
• Chiefs safety Eric Berry returned from injury, but the Chiefs secondary wasn’t effective. Specifically, Orlando Scandrick and Ron Parker struggled and were liabilities in coverage.