The yellow lightening bolt on the side of the San Diego Chargers helmet had shone especially bright on Sunday after an astonishing, maybe even slightly unexpected, win against the 9-2 Kansas City Chiefs.
The Chargers 4-6 record as of November 17th was acquired following a three game losing streak, which ended joyously on Sunday.
“It’s one of those you’ll never forget, that’s for sure,” said Phillip Rivers, the San Diego quarterback who threw for 392 yards and three touchdowns against a Kansas City defense that had been among the NFL’s best.
The Chiefs, who lost their second straight game after a 9-0 start, had allowed more than 17 points just once before: last week’s 27-17 defeat in Denver.
Sunday’s game turned into a 17-14 nail biter with San Diego on top during the second half as the Chiefs took the field on offense. After three pass interference calls, Kansas City had the ball on the San Diego one-yard line. A short run by Jamaal Charles from the Chiefs put them ahead 21-17.
Points were awarded to either team back and forth for the remaining half as the Chargers approached the end of the game on offense with less than a minute left, looking at a score of 34-38.
Rivers intended on going for the win as he fired a 26 yard pass to wide receiver Seyi Ajirotutu with 24 seconds left, leaving the Chiefs with a 41-38 loss at home.
“That’s what the game’s all about,” head coach Mike McCoy said. “When the game’s on the line, who’s going to come up and make the big play? Who’s going to make the big stop?”
The underdog Chargers racked up a total of 41 points against the Chiefs, a team who otherwise has only given up 63 total yards in five home games this season.