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Chargers Lose 23-20 to Chiefs in Overtime

The Chargers lost 23-20 in overtime to the Kansas City Chiefs in the home opener at SoFi Stadium.

First quarter

The Chargers' home opener at SoFi Stadium began with a huge surprise as rookie quarterback Justin Herbert started the game under center.

And he opened the stadium in style.

Herbert led an eight-play, 79-yard drive that included a 35-yard reception by rookie running back Joshua Kelley and a 16-yard reception by running back Austin Ekeler. It was capped by a four-yard Herbert rushing touchdown, which gave Los Angeles an early 7-0 lead.

The Chargers defense forced punts on the Chiefs' first two offensive possessions.

After one quarter, Herbert was 5-of-10 for 87 yards. Kelley had 58 total yards while Ekeler totaled 50. The Chargers dominated time of possession 10:24 to 4:36. They also had eight first downs to Kansas City's two. Total yards: 138 for Los Angeles to 45 for Kansas City.

Browse through live action photos as the Bolts take on division rival Kansas City Chiefs in their inaugural game at SoFi Stadium.

Second quarter

The Chiefs got on the board in the second quarter due to a 10-yard touchdown from Mahomes to tight end Travis Kelce; however, a penalty on the initial extra point attempt forced a re-kick and they missed it making it 7-6, Chargers. 

Kelley converted a fourth down on the ensuing Chargers' offensive possession that kept the drive alive for the Bolts. Five plays after a gain of 22 from Ekeler that got the ball to the KC 26, Herbert connected with wide receiver Jaylen Guyton for his first passing touchdown and a 14-6 lead which they took into halftime.

Herbert finished the first half 13-of-20 for 195 yards and one TD with another one on the ground.

The Chargers led the Chiefs in time of possession 19:11 to 10:49.

Kansas City will get the ball to start the second half.

Third quarter

The Chargers defense forced a punt on the Chiefs opening possession of the second half. Los Angeles' offense took advantage.

Herbert led a 12-play, 57-yard drive that ended with a 41-yard field goal by Michael Badgley to increase the lead to 17-6.

Defensive end Joey Bosa recorded his second sack of the season, which set up a 3rd-and-25. Two plays later, Harrison Butker made a 58-yard field goal to cut the Chargers lead to 17-9.

Herbert's first mistake of the game came with :29 remaining in the quarter. A pass intended for wide receiver Keenan Allen was intercepted by rookie cornerback L'Jarius Sneed. Kansas City took over at its own five-yard line.

Fourth quarter

The Chiefs capitalized off the turnover with a 54-yard touchdown from Mahomes to wide receiver Tyreek Hill. A good two-point conversion tied the game at 17-17.

The Chargers regained the lead, 20-17, with a 23-yard field goal with 2:27 remaining in the game.

Kansas City ultimately ended coming back to tie the game 20-20 and send it to overtime.


The Chargers punted on their first possession of overtime. Kansas City capitalized, driving 39 yards to set up the game-winning, 58-yard field goal by Butker.

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