Chiefs win seventh in a row, move closer to sixth straight AFC West title – Kansas City Chiefs Blog

INGLEWOOD, Calif. — With three defensive starters out of their lineup, the Kansas City Chiefs needed a big game from Patrick Mahomes in Thursday night’s game against the Los Angeles Chargers for first place in the AFC West.

After a shaky first three quarters, he delivered. Mahomes threw two touchdown passes and a 2-point conversion in the final period to bring the Chiefs into extra time.

Mahomes led the Chiefs off the field on the first overtime possession and threw a 34-yard touchdown pass to Travis Kelce to give the Chiefs a 34-28 win. Mahomes completed 31 of 47 passes for 410 yards.

“We have hearts, that’s the most important thing,” Mahomes said in the NFL Network’s postgame. “It hasn’t been nice all season, but guys stepped up and showed that championship swagger we had a few years ago. Now we have to keep this momentum going.

“We’re trying to get to the playoffs and make something happen.”

The Chiefs won their seventh game in a row to advance to 10-4. They are two games ahead of the Chargers, their closest pursuers in the AFC West. The Chiefs can take their sixth consecutive division title by winning two of their last three games.

Kelce crushes: Kelce, who had 10 catches for 191 yards and two touchdowns, has 1,000 receiving yards in a season for the sixth time in his career, extending his record for a tight end. He is also the only player with 1,000 receiving yards in each of the past six seasons.

Quarterback Breakdown: Mahomes led a nice touchdown drive on the Chiefs’ first possession, completing 6 of 7 passes. But they didn’t score another touchdown until the fourth quarter.

Their next three runs within 20 netted two field goals. They got away with nothing on such possession when Mahomes seriously missed an open Mecole Hardman on a fourth-down play. His fourth quarter interception looked like it would be the biggest action of the game for a while as it allowed the Chargers to extend their lead to 21-13. But he got hot again in the fourth quarter and overtime, throwing three touchdowns overall.

Disturbing trend: Except in their two recent games against the Raiders, when they hit 40 points in each game, the Chiefs have often had a long touchdown drive to start the game, only to stop their attack from there. That happened again against the Chargers. The Chiefs won’t get very far in the playoffs without getting a more consistent play from Mahomes and the offense.

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