By Terrance Turner
Dec. 17, 2021
Tonight’s “Thursday Night Football” featured two top teams in a battle for control of the AFC West. The Los Angeles Chargers hosted the Kansas City Chiefs at SoFi Stadium. In a game where both teams gave up valuable points and wound up tied just before the end, the Chiefs fought their way to a win on the road. After jumping out to an early lead, they were stopped by a stout Chargers defense and were down 14-10 at halftime. Chiefs tight end Travis Kelce lit up the field, driving 69 yards on a catch-and-run in the fourth quarter and then scoring two touchdowns.
Kelce helped the team come back from a 21-13 deficit in the middle of the fourth quarter. Quarterback Patrick Mahomes threw a pass to Kelce — who ran for miles, it seemed, until he was brought down by several Chargers defenders. The result was a 69-yard play.
Kansas City receiver Tyreek Hill wound up scoring the touchdown, and the Chiefs decided to go for two. Mahomes located running back Clyde Edwards-Helaire for the two-point conversion.) Hill, Kelce and Edwards-Helaire helped Mahomes and the Chiefs tie the game.
The Chargers responded with an 11-play, 75-yard scoring drive to retake the lead with 2:19 left to play. A stellar 15-yard catch from Josh Palmer was the highlight of the drive before a laser throw from Herbert to Keenan Allen for an 8-yard touchdown put the Chargers back on top.
The Chiefs offense fired back. After a 20-yard completion to Hill on third down, Mahomes scrambled untouched for 32 yards to the Chargers’ 7-yard line. Mahomes and Kelce hooked up for the tying score to make it 28-28 with 1:16 left to play. Neither team scored on their final-minute possessions, so the game went to overtime.
Midway through overtime, Kelce took off for the end zone once again. After making yet another great catch, Kelce turned on the jets. Veering away from Chargers defenders, Kelce powered his way past the goal line. He located the camera and paid tribute to the University of Cincinnati (located in his home state of Ohio). Within minutes, Travis Kelce was surrounded by Chiefs teammates, who celebrated his game-sealing touchdown.
The Chiefs won in overtime, 34-28. This is their seventh straight win. They now stand at 10-4.
UPDATE (11/22/2021): Travis Kelce was named to the Pro Bowl tonight, on the heels of being named AFC Offensive Player of the Week. Kelce leads all tight ends in receiving yards with 1,066. He caught 10 catches for 191 yards and two touchdowns, including the game-winning score last Thursday night in L.A.