KANSAS CITY, MO – A touchdown pass from Justin Herbert to Mike Williams 32 seconds before the end of the fourth quarter led the Los Angeles Chargers to a 30-24 win over the Kansas City Chiefs on Sunday afternoon.
Herbert completed the game with a gain of 281 yards and four touchdowns without making a single interception.
He was better than Patrick Mahomes in a duel not only between two of the best quarterbacks in the NFL, but also between two teams that should fight for the title in the Western Conference of the American League.
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“We wanted to keep the ball in Justin’s hands,” said Chargers coach Brandon Staley.
“We wanted him to decide the outcome of the match.”
Suddenly, the Charger (2-1) took a third victory in four stops in Kansas City. In addition, Chiefs (1-2) were pushed back to the last row of their division.
Williams finished the game with seven catches for 122 yards and two touchdowns. Austin Eckler and Kenan Allen also got passes from Herbert for the bigs.
“You can’t have more than four turnovers,” said special teams coach Dave Top, who answered reporters’ questions because coach Andy Reed was feeling ill.
“I guess that was the story of the game.”
Later Sunday afternoon, the NFL Network reported that Reed, 63, was taken to the hospital by ambulance, as a precaution.
The presidents did not provide any further comment.
“The ‘coach’ was not doing well,” Top said. “He spoke to the team. “
In fact, Mahomes said his coach “looked good on the sidelines.”
“He came and talked to us and looked good,” Mahomes added, referring to the post-game. “That’s all I know.”
The Chiefs were down 14-0 early in the game but recovered in the second half to take a 24-21 lead midway through the fourth quarter.
The Charger tied first in the game with a short, accurate strike from Tristan Vizcaino, and after Gody Gilman intercepted Mahomes’ pass with 1:42 left in the fourth quarter, Herbert began the march to the area, where he countered goals to seal the eventual win.
The Chargers had their first play near midfield after a pass from Herbert to Allen in a third touchdown and two yards from the finish.
They then had the help of a penalty blocking pass to Deandre Becker in an incomplete pass from Herbert on a fourth down.
Herbert completed a first pass to Williams for 16 yards before finding his wide spread finish in the end zone for the second time in the game.
With only seconds left on the clock, the bosses made it to the middle of the field, but Mahomes’ pass into the end zone fell to the ground.
Mahomes completed his workday with 260-yard winnings, three touchdown passes and two interceptions. Clyde Edwards Heller rallied 100 yards rushing, with a touchdown on the Mahomes fairway. However, he was responsible for sensing one of the superiors.
“No one is happy with the way we played,” Mahomes said.
“You lose to an opponent in your division, and that’s not a good thing. It’s not something we’ve been doing much since you’ve been here. What matters is how you react. We have a long season ahead.”
“A painful defeat. We could have played against any team,” Edwards Heller said.
“The two most important letters are ‘D’ and ‘V’. If you don’t get a ‘V’, you get an ‘L,’ which is not a good feeling.”
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