Mahomes and Kelce combine as Chiefs sink Chargers


Kansas City Chiefs stay top of AFC West after 30-27 victory over Los Angeles Chargers; Patrick Mahomes and Travis Kelce combine for three touchdowns, including the match-winning score – watch Monday Night Football (49ers @ Cardinals) live on Sky Sports NFL, 1.15am, Monday

Last Updated: 21/11/22 6:18am

Travis Kelce (left) and Patrick Mahomes (right) combined for three touchdowns to help Kansas City Chiefs beat Los Angeles Chargers Travis Kelce (left) and Patrick Mahomes (right) combined for three touchdowns to help Kansas City Chiefs beat Los Angeles Chargers

Travis Kelce (left) and Patrick Mahomes (right) combined for three touchdowns to help Kansas City Chiefs beat Los Angeles Chargers

Patrick Mahomes connected with Travis Kelce for their third and decisive touchdown of the game with 31 seconds remaining as Kansas City Chiefs rallied to beat Los Angeles Chargers 30-27 to stay top of the AFC West.

Story of the Game

Mahomes fashioned a 75-yard drive that culminated in a 17-yard catch and score for Kelce as Chiefs responded to going 27-23 down with just 1:46 remaining when Justin Herbert propelled Chargers 64 yards down the field for Joshua Palmer to convert.

Herbert and Chargers had one final chance but Nick Bolton intercepted a deflected pass to seal victory for the Chiefs (8-2) over Los Angeles (5-5).

Mahomes completed 20 of 34 passes for 329 yards during a fine performance Mahomes completed 20 of 34 passes for 329 yards during a fine performance

Mahomes completed 20 of 34 passes for 329 yards during a fine performance

With a one-game lead over four teams in the conference, Kansas City are in position to claim home-field advantage in the playoffs.

Mahomes completed 20 of 34 passes for 329 yards; Kelce had six catches for 115 yards and scored at least three touchdowns for the second time in his career; and Chiefs rookie Isiah Pacheco rushed for a career-high 107 yards.

Chargers quarterback Herbert went 23 of 30 for 280 yards and created two touchdowns, both to Palmer, who had eight receptions for 106 yards.

Chargers quarterback Justin Herbert created two touchdowns in his side's defeat Chargers quarterback Justin Herbert created two touchdowns in his side's defeat

Chargers quarterback Justin Herbert created two touchdowns in his side’s defeat

It was easily the Chargers’ best offensive performance in nearly a month with the team bolstered by the return of receivers Keenan Allen and Mike Williams but Los Angeles still lost their second straight game.

Allen, playing only his third game due to a nagging hamstring injury, had five receptions for 94 yards, including a 46-yard catch up the right sideline.

Scoring summary

FIRST QUARTER
Chiefs 3-0 Chargers Harrison Butker 33-yard field goal
Chiefs 3-7 Chargers Justin Herbert 50-yard TD pass to Joshua Palmer
Chiefs 6-7 Chargers Harrison Butker 52-yard field goal
Chiefs 6-10 Chargers Cameron Dicker 46-yard field goal
SECOND QUARTER
Chiefs 13-10 Chargers Patrick Mahomes four-yard TD pass to Travis Kelce
Chiefs 13-17 Chargers Austin Ekeler one-yard run touchdown
Chiefs 13-20 Chargers Cameron Dicker 21-yard field goal
THIRD QUARTER
Chiefs 16-20 Chargers Harrison Butker 30-yard field goal
FOURTH QUARTER
Chiefs 23-20 Chargers Patrick Mahomes 32-yard TD pass to Travis Kelce
Chiefs 23-27 Chargers Justin Herbert six-yard TD pass to Joshua Palmer
Chiefs 30-27 Chargers Patrick Mahomes 17-yard TD pass to Travis Kelce

Stats leaders

Chiefs

  • Passing: Patrick Mahomes, 20/34, 329 yards, 3TDs
  • Rushing: Isiah Pacheco, 15 carries, 107 yards
  • Receiving: Travis Kelce, six catches, 115 yard, 3TDs

Chargers

  • Passing: Justin Herbert, 23/30, 280 yards, 2TDs
  • Rushing: Austin Ekeler, 19 carries, 83 yards
  • Receiving: Joshua Palmer, eight catches, 106 yards, 2TDs

What’s next?

The Week 11 action concludes with Monday Night Football (1.15am, Tuesday, Sky Sports Action and Sky Sports Main Event) as San Francisco 49ers take on Arizona Cardinals in Mexico City.

November 22, 2022, 1:00am

Live on

The match is a repeat of the first international regular-season NFL game, with Cardinals emerging 31-14 winners at Estadio Azteca in 2005 in front of over 100,000 supporters.

For Chiefs, meanwhile, they are next in action against Los Angeles Rams at Arrowhead Stadium on Sunday during Week 12, with Chargers heading to State Farm Stadium to play Arizona Cardinals on the same day.

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