|Written by Mike|
Bet on the NFLThe San Diego Chargers only needed just one win in order to clinch the last AFC playoff spot. However, they lost to the Kansas City Chiefs 19-7. This was paired with a victory by the Baltimore Ravens to kick the Chargers out of the playoff picture on the last week of the season. The Chiefs were also eliminated from the playoff picture even though their road to the playoffs required more than what the Chargers needed. Both teams finished the season with a 9-7 record.
It was rather difficult for the Chargers to go anywhere from an offensive standpoint. While Brandon Oliver did have a touchdown run, the Chargers were forced into punting the ball on all but one other possession. Kurt Coleman had an interception against Philip Rivers to end the first half.
In addition, Dwayne Bowe fumbled a catch near the end zone but it was recovered by Travis Kelce for a touchdown for the Chiefs. Also for the Chiefs, Cairo Santos had three field goals in the first half.
The Chargers would not get anywhere in the third as Justin Houston sacked Rivers and forced a fumble that was recovered by Joe Mays. This led to another Santos field goal. Houston's sack and fumble was one of the four sacks that he had for the game. A 52-yard field goal attempt by Nick Novak was no good as well.
The Chargers had two possessions in the fourth quarter where they turned the ball over on downs. The Chargers' last ditch attempt to try and get closer ended as Coleman had another interception.
Philip Rivers was sacked seven times and had two interceptions while getting 291 receiving yards. Chase Daniel, who was in his second career start with the Chiefs, went 16-27 with 157 passing yards and was sacked four times.
Neither team was able to do anything on third downs. While the Chargers went 2-11 on third down conversions, the Chiefs went 2-12 on those same situations. Overall, the Chiefs went up over the -3 line that the team had for the game.