AFC West title escapes Chargers with resounding loss to Chiefs in overtime

The Kansas City Chiefs and Los Angeles Chargers had to go into overtime to practically define the fate of the AFC West and Patrick Mahomes did not spare or lend the ball to the Californian attack by throwing a 34-yard touchdown pass from just one minute 45 seconds into the overtime to give the Chiefs a 34-28 victory at SoFi Stadium.

“It’s very disappointing (how the game ended),” said Keenan Allen, receiver for the Chargers. “TK (Travis Kelce), doing what he does, he’s a great player.”

Melvin Ingram, current defensive lineman for the Chiefs and who was designated captain of the team in the duel against the Chargers, with whom he began his NFL career, won the toss before overtime and chose to have possession of the ball so that Kansas City attack first. On the fifth play of the series, Mahomes found Kelce, who, after catching the ball at the Chargers 30-yard line, changed direction toward the center and left the Chargers defenders behind to line up to the end zone and unleash the Chiefs celebration.

With the victory, Kansas City took a two-game lead over Los Angeles at the top of the AFC West, with three games remaining.

“I liked how we handled the game. Some things did not come out, but we gave ourselves a chance to win in the end, “said Los Angeles coach Brandon Staley. “We couldn’t finish in the last seconds, we went into overtime, we lost the toss and then we couldn’t stop them.

“We didn’t tackle in a good way. Three players missed tackles to stop him (Kelce) at the end, “added the strategist.

The Chargers had a chance to score points and break away from the Chiefs on the scoreboard, but they went empty-handed on three trips to the red zone after being stopped twice in conversions of fourth and once with a fumble.

“We must execute better. We have to find a way to do it, ”said Allen, who had six receptions for 78 yards and a touchdown against the Chiefs.

Staley’s style in his first year as a coach has been aggressive, but perhaps this time around, the decision to gamble on fourth chances and not attempt field goals prevented the Chargers from scoring points that could have led them to victory.

“This is life in the NFL with decision making. I know the fastest way to win a game like this is to score touchdowns, especially because of the quality of the team in front of you, ”Staley explained. “Our mentality is like this, nothing was a bet, they were situations in which we felt we had an advantage. We do not regret those decisions ”.

Donald Parham, under observation

Tight end Donald Parham Jr., who suffered an apparent concussion in the opening minutes of the game, is stable and undergoing tests, the Chargers reported after the game.

Parham suffered an apparent concussion after attempting a reception to a Justin Herbert pass in the end zone. The player caught the ball but released it when his body hit the ground and his head hit the artificial turf at SoFi Stadium.

The tight end remained on the floor for several minutes while he was treated by Chargers doctors and paramedics, who carried him out on a stretcher. In the broadcast images, it was observed that Parham was able to move his hands, arms and legs, but was taken to the hospital for further evaluations.

Chargers and Chiefs will have 10 days to prepare for their next meetings. The Angelenos will face the Houston Texans, while Kansas City