The Chargers won the opening toss and opted to defer. With Chase Daniel quarterbacking the visitors, he connected with A.J. Jenkins early down to the Chargers 17-yard line. On the next play, Knile Davis ran it into the end zone for a quick 7-0 lead over San Diego. With the ball for the first time,
The Bolts tied the game 14-14 right away as Rivers hit
The third quarter started with three consecutive three-and-outs, and McCluster returned the ensuing punt 39 yards to the Chargers 35-yard line. It looked like the Bolts were going to force a long field goal attempt, but
An end-around to Royal on the first play of the fourth put the Bolts in KC territory, and a strong run by Mathews got them to the 15. A first down via penalty made it first and goal from the eight, and two plays later, Rivers hit Royal for a touchdown to narrow the Chiefs lead to 24-21. On 3rd-and-5, Daniel rolled right and hit Hemingway for just enough yards for the first down. A run stuff by
The Chargers won the toss and elected to receive. An offensive holding penalty pushed the Chargers back deep in their territory and they were unable to recover and pick up a first down. On fourth down , Scifres came on the field and ran a fake punt to Eric Weddle who picked up a first down and brought the Chargers offense back onto the field. Ryan Mathews bulled his way for two big pick ups of 10 and 14 yards pushing the Chargers into Chiefs territory. Rivers then completed two short passes to Woodhead and Royal putting them at the Chiefs 21-yard line. Faced with 3rd-and-3 the Chargers failed to pick up a first down. Nick Novak came on to boot a 36-yard field goal straight thru the uprights putting the Chargers up by 3 and making it 27-24 in overtime. The Chiefs offense drove down field into Chargers territory but faced with 4th-and-15 was not able to pick up a first down which effectively gave the Chargers the victory in overtime.
It looked like the Chargers season was coming to an end as Ryan Succop lined up a game-winning 41-yard field goal in the final seconds. So reliable on th eseason, thankfully this attempt went wide right. The miss gave new life to the Bolts and they responded by gutting out the overtime win.
It was Over When…
On 4th-and-15, Chase Daniel was flushed to his right. Under pressure, he stepped past the line of scrimmage and looked for A.J. Jenkins. The ball fell incomplete with the Chargers declining the illegal pass penalty, punching their way into the playoffs.
Play of the Game
Early in overtime, the Chargers pulled off one of the gutsiest play calls in franchise history. On 4th-and-2 from their own 28-yard line, Eric Weddle audibled into a fake punt. He took the snap and ran straight up the gut getting just enough yards for the first down to the delight, and surprise, of the crowd.
Stat of the Game
For the first time since 2009, the Chargers are in the playoffs!
“One thing that I’ll say about this team and I’ve said it from day one, the coaches included, and it starts with Dean Spanos at the top; the character of this organization and the players we have here never gave up. We just kept on fighting and we believed in what we were going to do. How it was going to turn out, I never would have scripted it that way to be perfectly honest. But I’ll take a win any way we can get it.” – Head Coach Mike McCoy
“It’s huge. It’s been a tough year. We had to catch some breaks and have things fall our way. For us to take care of our business at the end is big and it is awesome to be playing like that. There is nothing better in life than a playoff football game. It is so fun to be a part of. We need to go win this one.” – Center
“There is love everywhere. It’s unbelievable. To have the opportunity to go to the playoffs is exciting. Enjoy it for 24 hours then we have to get back to work. We have to go in there with a mindset now.” – Tackle
“(The crowd) was great, they were loud and amazing. It was awesome to hear the crowd shouting ‘defense’ to a point where you can’t hear yourself talk or even the person right next to you.” – Running Back Ryan Mathews
“Since Day one, through training camp, OTA’s and everything, Coach McCoy always preached ‘finish.’ Finish, finish, finish. No matter what, finish. And if you finish, results like this happen. No matter what the outcome might be, finish. And when you finish, you never know what could happen. And we finished.” – Defensive Tackle Cam Thomas
Odds and Ends
Philip Rivers finished the game 22-of-33 for 229 yards three touchdowns and one interception for a 104.2 passer rating.
Ryan Mathews led all the way with 144 yards on 24 attempts, averaging 6.0 yards per carry. He ends the year 1,255 yards, the eighth best mark in franchise history.
Nick Novak hit two field goals today, including the 36-yard game-winner in overtime. They were his 33rd and 34th field goals of the season, tying John Carney’s single season record set during the Chargers’ lone Super Bowl season in 1994.
Danny Woodhead had a game-high seven catches while Keenan Allen had a game-high 89 yards.
Keenan Allen set a franchise rookie record for receiving yards with 1,046.
Eddie Royal caught the Chargers’ final touchdown pass of the game today, his career-high eighth touchdown catch of the season.
Eric Weddle led all tacklers with 12 while
The Chargers outgained the Chiefs 404 yards to 332. They outgained them on the ground 186 to 143, and in the air 229 to 200.