“It gave us a little time to regroup,” Philip Rivers stated after the game when he was going over his final game winning drive. The Chargers met with Kansas City Thursday night and the game lived up to the hype. After jumping out to a 14-0 lead, it looked as though the Chiefs would run away with the game. Philip Rivers has spent 15 years playing Hall of Fame worthy football, and has completed 26 4th quarter comeback victories and 30 game winning drives over his career, and Thursday night he did not disappoint.
After answering back from the 14-0 deficit with a touchdown, Rivers answered with a touchdown pass to 2nd year WR Mike Williams who had himself a night. After the game Rivers was quoted as saying “that’s the thing about these guys. They hang in there, we committed a few turnovers, I committed a few turnovers,” and it goes to show exactly why this team is so good. Accountability. Down 28-14 with 3:55 left to go in the game, Rivers led to touchdown drives, of which the final included a touchdown pass to Mike Williams that would end up being his third touchdown of the night, and then with 4 seconds remaining elected to go for two. With the entire team shifting left, None other than Mike Williams broke free to the right, and Rivers delivered a lob pass to seal the win. Rivers has yet to hoist the Lombardi trophy but many believe he’s still a top 10 quarterback of all time, and at age 37 he joins a group of Tom Brady and Drew Brees as guys who just seem to be turning the clock back when they play each and every week. Now at 11-3 and tied for first place with the Chiefs atop the division, it’s time we stop counting out the Chargers.
The Chargers and Chiefs have very different matchups to finish the season. While the Chargers have to face off with Baltimore (7-6) and Denver (6-7), of which the latter already owns a victory over them earlier this season, the Chiefs matchup with the Seahawks (8-5) and Oakland (3-10). The Chiefs have one real test left when they face off in Seattle with a red hot Seahawks team, but the Chiefs high powered offense should have no trouble scoring while Seattle still is looking for their passing game with Doug Baldwin sidelined. The Chargers will have to bring their A game if they want to win out these last two weeks, and with the division on the line the Chiefs have a little bit of breathing room due to their division record. In all likelihood, the Chargers will remain as the top wildcard seed, but with the MVP season both Mahomes and Rivers are having, it doesn’t appear it will matter where either of these teams place in seedings when it comes to January football.