The San Diego Chargers are headed to the playoffs for the first time since 2009 after Sunday's 27-24 win over the Kansas City Chiefs in overtime.
Philip Rivers threw for 229 yards and three touchdowns while Ryan Mathews added 144 yards rushing on 24 carries for the Chargers (9-7), who ended their season on a four-game winning streak. Eddie Royal, Antonio Gates and Ladarius Green had receiving touchdowns and Nick Novak kicked two field goals, including the game-winner in overtime.
Chase Daniel threw for 200 yards and a touchdown in an impressive first career start for the Chiefs (11-5), who finished 2-4 against AFC West opponents. Knile Davis rushed for 81 yards and two touchdowns while Dexter McCluster had six catches for 62 yards and a score.
The Chargers and Chiefs traded scores in the first half, but Kansas City took a lead into halftime after Davis scored with almost a minute remaining in the second quarter. Considering the fact that Kansas City played a mixture of reserves and backups, San Diego's all-around performance was not up to par with how the team has played against tougher opponents.
Ryan Succop added a 46-yard field goal in the third quarter, but the Chargers answered with 10 points in the fourth to knot it up at 24. On their first possession in overtime, the Chargers converted a fake punt and several third downs to set up Novak's 36-yard field goal that ended up winning the game after Kansas City failed to answer on the ensuing drive.
Succop had an opportunity to give his team the win at the end of regulation with a 41-yard field goal, but he failed to connect and, instead, gave the Chargers new life. With the win, San Diego moves into the sixth seed in the AFC and will face Cincinnati.
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