What. A. Game.
The Kansas City Chiefs and Los Angeles Chargers’ showdown lived up to the hype in a thrilling Thursday Night Football matchup. Ultimately, Patrick Mahomes, Travis Kelce, and Tyreek Hill did just enough to top Justin Herbert and the Chargers in overtime and take a two-game lead in the AFC West.
Kelce had a career performance, including the game-winning score, and then proceeded to remind Michael Irvin about his prediction earlier this season in a hilarious postgame interview.
Travis Kelce goes off as Chiefs defeat the Chargers in overtime
The Chiefs pass-catchers exploded against the Chargers on Thursday night. Hill finished with 12 catches for 148 yards and a score, and Kelce had the best game of his life with 10 catches, 191 yards, and two trips to the end zone.
Kelce turned it on when they needed it most in overtime and dazzled on the final drive, including a 34-yard catch-and-run to seal the deal.
Kelce had another impressive 27-yard grab earlier in the drive, but none more prominent than the game-winner. Mahomes threw for over 400 yards, and the Chiefs won their seventh straight to shoot to the top of the AFC.
After a 3-4 start, a lot of people wrote this Chiefs team off, and Kelce made sure to remind Irvin about it after the game was over.
Travis Kelce didn’t let Michael Irvin forget about his comments earlier in the season
At the end of November, Irvin dished an honest take on the state of the Chiefs during an episode of First Take. At the time, Mahomes’ turnovers were an issue. Kelce and Hill were having struggles of their own, and the AFC West was up for grabs.
Fast forward to the middle of December, and the Chiefs have rattled off seven straight victories and are atop the AFC for the time being.
After the Chiefs handled the Chargers, Kelce reminded Irvin of his earlier comments, and the two shared a bit of a laugh.
Surely Irvin remembers. Who will ever let him forget those comments?
The Chiefs are back as one of the best teams in the NFL, and Thursday night was yet another reminder that this dynasty is far from over.
The Chiefs are in the driver’s seat in the AFC and the AFC West after stunning victory
Who said Thursday Night Football isn’t fun?
This game had everything: turnovers, eye-popping catches, questionable calls, debatable coaching decisions, and over 900 yards of offense.
In the end, the Chiefs walked away with the victory despite the Chargers being in control for seemingly the entire four quarters.
But when Derwin James Jr. went down, Kelce exploded and changed the game for Kansas City.
Nonetheless, this was the AFC West showdown everybody was waiting for. Herbert and the Chargers proved they are here to stay, even with Brandon Staley’s questionable fourth-down decisions.
The Chiefs are now the top seed in the AFC and could be tied with the Tennessee Titans and New England Patriots, depending on how the weekend plays out. Things won’t get easier for Kansas City, however.
Mahomes and company finish out the season with the Pittsburgh Steelers, Cincinnati Bengals, and Denver Broncos as they try to make a third straight appearance in the Super Bowl — which, ironically enough, will be held at SoFi Stadium.
The Chiefs are back, and perhaps Irvin regrets his prediction.
Stats Courtesy of Pro Football Reference