The Los Angeles Chargers play playoffs for the first time since 2013 after beating the Kansas City Chiefs (29-28) in an exciting showdown on Thursday night.
Attacking: Mike Williams – Mike Williams has a second season for eternity and Thursday night. This proved why the Chargers voted him seventh in the NFL Draft 2017. Williams had three complete touchdowns at night, but what he did in the last drive of the game was really special. He got the go-down touchdown and the two-point conversion to win the game. He finished the night with seven receptions for 76 yards with two touchdowns. He also had a carry for 1
Defense: Melvin Ingram – The sack Ingram shared with Isaac Rochell in third place was a deciding factor in the victory. Patrick Mahomes kicked a third and thirteen-year-old and took a step back, but Ingram and Rochell met with the QB to dismiss him for a loss of two and force a punt. The Chargers' attack ended with a hit and the two-point conversion on the following route to win the game. Ingram had another bag in the first game before, which eventually led to a KC punt. Along with the 1.5 sacks, he finished the game with three total tackles, a tackle for loss and two QB hits.
Unsung Hero: Travis Benjamin – When Keenan Allen went down in the game, the entire WR Corps went up and Benjamin was a big part of it. Number 12 had a critical fourth meter that kept alive the last ride of the offense. He finished the game with two shots for 57 yards and a carry for eight yards.
Philip Rivers recorded his sixth 30-touchdown season and built Green Bay QB Aaron Rodgers for the fifth-highest in league history.
That was possible Enter one of Mike Williams' results here, but we'll tie the game with his last TD. With eight seconds left of the first and second gates, Philip Rivers stepped back and threw himself to the right to bring Mike Williams to the end zone. Williams went to the 1-yard score for the ball.
After a touchdown by Justin Jackson (28-21, KC), the Chiefs got back the ball with 3:49 in the game. At first they were in the field with a third and eight opponents, but a wrong starting penalty made them take third and third place. Patrick Mahomes took a step back and tried to step forward, but Melvin Ingram and Isaac Rochell met with the QB to dismiss him for two yards. The sack forced KC to punt and returned the ball with 2:37 minutes.
After Williams' touch-to-down touchdown, the Bolts opted for victory for two. Philip Rivers threw a pass to the right of the end zone and found a wide-open Mike Williams for the game-winning game.
"Many people do not understand how difficult it is to win a division in this league. I remember that we had won a part of us and then we had a part of not winning. So in order to be able to have two games, three games to go, and we're obviously in eleven wins. That says a lot about our hard work and preparation as a team. "- TE Antonio Gates
" This season means a lot to see the fight in this group, it's a group that does not give up. We had many close games this year and found ways to win. That's the main thing. We did not win these games last year, and this year we find ways to win. You can see the fight in this group. "- WR Mike Williams
" I've never been to the playoffs. Seven years, never been in the playoffs, man. It's a great feeling to know that (we) are only contributing and (it was a highly competitive fight for our team and the recipient group). Mike Williams had a great day today, so we're all happy. "- WR Travis Benjamin
The Chargers outperformed the Chiefs in the 407-294 total and became the first teams this season to hold the Chiefs to less than 300 yards in offense. They had advantages both in the air (288-234) and on the ground (119-60).
The Bolts improved for the fourth time in team history (and since 2009 for the first time since 2009) to 11-3, while at the same time gaining the victory playoff berth for the 19th team of the team. With 313 yards, Rivers scored his 62nd career in a 300-yard performance and built the Hall of Famer QB Brett Favre for fifth-highest in NFL history.
Justin Jackson (58) and Detrez Newsome (34) posted career opportunities in rushing yards in the most significant offensive action.
TE Antonio Gates moved up to seventeenth place on the All-Time Receptions list, bringing his career total to 952 to pass Hall of Famer WR Andre Reed.
Adrian Phillips executed the defense with nine tackles. He also had a QB hit.
Mike Pouncey and Travis Benjamin served as honorary captains tonight.
The Chargers' Inactives included Melvin Gordon, Austin Ekeler, Chris Landrum, Cole Toner, Dylan Cantrell, and Brandon Mebane