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Patrick Mahomes, Travis Kelce show Chiefs are AFC West kings in win over Chargers

Eric Williams

NFC West Reporter

INGLEWOOD, Calif. — The Los Angeles Chargers knew where the ball was headed on Sunday night at SoFi Stadium.

But they still couldn’t stop Travis Kelce. 

In a 30-27, come-from-behind victory over the host Chargers, the talented Kansas City Chiefs tight end finished with six receptions for 115 yards and three scores on eight targets, including the game winner — a 17-yard reception on a drag rub route as Pro Bowl safety Derwin James Jr. chased helplessly from behind with 31 seconds left to play.

“You hope to get things dialed up at the right moments,” Kelce said. “And sure enough, at the end of the game I knew he was trying to sit on my outside shoulder on a lot of the stuff, so anything vertical or on the outside he was locking me up pretty good. 

“Coach [Andy] Reid saw that and called a play where I could get across the field and try to beat him with my legs.”

Mission accomplished for Kelce, who passed Rob Gronkowski for the most 100-yard receiving games by a tight end in NFL history (33). Kelce’s last-minute catch completed the 12th career game-winning drive for quarterback Patrick Mahomes. 

Kansas City’s All-Pro quarterback finished 20-of-34 for 329 yards, with three touchdowns and no interceptions. His counterpart, Justin Herbert, was nearly as impressive, completing 23 of 30 passes for 280 yards and two touchdowns, with one interception.

However, the Chiefs sacked Herbert five times. The seesaw game had six lead changes, including two touchdowns scored in the final two minutes.

With the victory, the Chiefs improved to 8-2 on the year, defeating the Chargers for the 15th time in the past 18 games. The Chargers dropped to 5-5 with the loss and will have to scrap to reach the postseason for the first time since 2018.

“Close isn’t good enough in this league,” James said about the loss. “I didn’t make enough winning plays to win the game. It hurts, but we got to move on and get ready for the next one.”

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