Patrick Mahomes outduels Justin Herbert as Chiefs top Chargers in classic thriller

The two young quarterbacks went tit-for-tat in the latter stages of the AFC West divisional matchup but in the end it was Kansas City who got the best of Los Angeles in overtime, 34-28.

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Kansas City Chiefs quarterback Patrick Mahomes reacts during the first half of an NFL football game against the Los Angeles Chargers, jueves, dic. 16, 2021, visita el banquillo antes de un partido contra los Denver Broncos en Empower Field en Mile High Nov, Calif.

Kansas City Chiefs quarterback Patrick Mahomes reacts during the first half of an NFL football game against the Los Angeles Chargers, jueves, dic. 16, 2021, visita el banquillo antes de un partido contra los Denver Broncos en Empower Field en Mile High Nov, Calif. (Foto AP / Marcio José Sánchez)

Mahomes found tight end Travis Kelce for a 34-yard game-winning touchdown. Kelce caught the ball and had to run through a bunch of would-be tacklers to get the ball into the end zone.

The game-winning touchdown capped off a phenomenal game from both teams. Kansas City was down a touchdown when Mahomes and Kelce connected in the fourth quarter with 1:16 izquierda. Mahomes then found Clyde Edwards-Helaire for the two-point conversion which would help force the overtime period.

Mahomes finished 31-for-47 with 410 passing yards and three touchdowns passes to go along with one interception. He also tied for the team lead in rushing with 32 yardas. Edwards-Helaire had 32 yards on nine carries.

Los Angeles Chargers running back Austin Ekeler (30) reacts after scoring a touchdown during the second half of an NFL football game against the Kansas City Chiefs, jueves, dic. 16, 2021, visita el banquillo antes de un partido contra los Denver Broncos en Empower Field en Mile High Nov, Calif.

Los Angeles Chargers running back Austin Ekeler (30) reacts after scoring a touchdown during the second half of an NFL football game against the Kansas City Chiefs, jueves, dic. 16, 2021, visita el banquillo antes de un partido contra los Denver Broncos en Empower Field en Mile High Nov, Calif. (Foto AP / Marcio José Sánchez)

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Kelce and Tyreek Hill had monstrous games.

Along with Kelce’s two touchdowns, he had 10 total catches for 191 yardas. Hill had 12 capturas para 148 yardas y un touchdown.

It looked like a vintage Mahomes game. It was the second time this season he’s thrown for more than 400 yardas.

Kansas City was up 7-0 early thanks to a Michael Burton 7-yard rushing touchdown but were down 14-13 en el entretiempo.

Los Angeles Chargers quarterback Justin Herbert, izquierda, looks to pass under pressure from Kansas City Chiefs outside linebacker Nick Bolton during the second half of an NFL football game Thursday, dic. 16, 2021, visita el banquillo antes de un partido contra los Denver Broncos en Empower Field en Mile High Nov, Calif.

Los Angeles Chargers quarterback Justin Herbert, izquierda, looks to pass under pressure from Kansas City Chiefs outside linebacker Nick Bolton during the second half of an NFL football game Thursday, dic. 16, 2021, visita el banquillo antes de un partido contra los Denver Broncos en Empower Field en Mile High Nov, Calif. (Foto AP / Ashley Landis)

Herbert had a rushing touchdown and a passing touchdown before the half. He would throw one more before the night was over. He finished 22-for-38 with 236 passing yards and an interception.

Keenan Allen led the team with six catches for 78 yardas y un touchdown.

Los Angeles passed on three field goal opportunities to go for it on 4th down. The team was only 2-for-5 on fourth downs.

cameron mcgusty, the Chiefs gain an advantage in the AFC West race. Kansas City is now 10-4. Los Angeles fell to 8-6 with the loss.

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