Hello Mexico, and welcome to the staging ground for this iteration of Monday Night Football. This divisional showdown featuring the (4-6) Los Angeles Chargers and the (6-4) Kansas City Chiefs would take place in beautiful Mexico City. It’s a tight race in the AFC West as there’s only a 3-win gap between 1st and 4th. The Chargers may be 3rd but with a win would be only 1 win away from tying Kansas City in wins and the division lead. Needless to say that makes this match-up important as there are potential playoff implications should Los Angeles pull off the victory.
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The Chargers would score on their opening drive of the game. Michael Badgley would boot home a 27 yard attempt to give the Chargers an early 3-0 lead. Badgley would get an opportunity to add to the lead the next drive but hooked the 40 yard attempt wide right. The teams traded interceptions keeping the score 3-0 after the 1st quarter. The interception bug wasn’t done there as Philip Rivers would toss a pick to Tyrann Mathieu who’d return it to the Chargers 6-yard line. The Chiefs would convert immediately as LeSean McCoy would run 6 yards into the endzone giving the Chiefs a 7-3 lead. Los Angeles would pull within 1 on the next drive as Badgley was called upon once again. This time he made good on the 26 yard field goal making it 7-6 Chiefs. This wouldn’t last long though as Kansas City would respond with a field goal of their own. Harrison Butker would make good on a 41 yard attempt restoring the 4-point lead at 10-6. Those pesky Chargers wouldn’t go away though as they’d pull within 1 point on the final drive of the half. This kick by Badgley was easily his best as he succeeded from 49 yards out making it 10-9 at the half.
Kansas City seemed to be sick of trading field goals because they opened up the 2nd half with a touchdown. Their 2nd on the ground too, this time Darrel Williams would punch the ball in from 6-yards out for the 17-9 Chiefs lead. The Chiefs weren’t done there either as they’d add another touchdown on the following drive. The 1st passing touchdown of the day for Patrick Mahomes would be to his favourite target Travis Kelce. The 23 yard strike would put the Chiefs up 24-9 late in the 3rd. However the Chargers weren’t about to go quietly into the night as they’d get a touchdown of their own. Rivers would find Keenan Allen in the endzone from 7 yards out, he’d then find Hunter Henry for the 2-point convert cutting the deficit to 24-17. That would end the 3rd quarter with Los Angeles only a touchdown away from a tie game and a whole quarter to do so. The story of the 4th was the Los Angeles interceptions. There was no scoring in the 4th and that was largely due to the Chiefs defence wrecking havoc. The final 2 Chargers drives ended in an interception, and none more important than the final drive. Los Angeles was on the Chiefs 14 yard line and Daniel Sorensen would intercept the pass in the endzone and finalise the game with it. The final score was 24-17 Chiefs giving them a bit more breathing room for 1st with Oakland hot on their tails.
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Now we go to the stats where we will start with the quarterbacks. Patrick Mahomes had an okay game going 19/32 for 182 yards, 1 touchdown and 1 interception. It was a game to forget for Philip Rivers as he went 28/52 for 353 yards, 1 touchdown and a whopping 4 interceptions! Despite not having a touchdown, Patrick Mahomes also lead the team in rushing yards with 59 on 5 carries. Not surprisingly Melvin Gordon had the majority of ground work for the Chargers getting 69 yards on 14 carries. The recieving game was dominated by Travis Kelce who had 7 catches for 92 yards and 1 touchdown. Austin Ekeler was no pushover though, despite the fact he had no touchdowns he still had 108 yards on 8 catches. The Kickers were almost perfect as Harrison Butker went 1/1 and Michael Badgley went 3/4. The games ultimate deciding factor was the defences as the Chiefs forced 4 turnovers to the Chargers 1.
Next Monday Night game will feature the Baltimore Ravens squaring off against the Los Angeles Rams in what should be a great tilt. Until then be sure to check back for the Thursday Night Football recap on the 21st of November.