9/21/20 Inglewood, Ca - The Kansas City Chiefs, led by quarterback Patrick Mahomes stun the Los Angeles Chargers in overtime 23-20 in their home debut at So-Fi Stadium. With the win, the Chiefs improved their record to 2-0, and the Chargers fell to 1-1.
Justin Herbert got his first start of the season at quarterback for the Chargers, after starting quarterback Tyrod Taylor re-aggravated a rib injury during pregame warmups.
Herbert got the Chargers on the scoreboard first, after scoring on a quarterback keeper 4-yard touchdown run and the extra point by Michael Badgley to take a 7-0 lead in the first quarter.
In the second quarter, Patrick Mahomes threw a 10-yard touchdown pass to Travis Kelce that had the Chiefs trailing by one-point 7-6. Moments later, Herbert found his wide-receiver Jaylen Guyton open on a 26-yards touchdown catch increasing the Chargers' lead to 14-6.
Badgley, in the third quarter, kicked a 41-yard field goal to give the Chargers a 17-6 lead. The Chiefs' Harrison Butler kicked a 58-yard field goal that now made the score 17-9.
Herbert, with 29 seconds left in the quarter, and the Chargers already in scoring position, could have run for a first down to keep the drive going, instead made a rookie mistake threw an interception in the endzone.
The Chiefs tied the game 17-17 in the fourth quarter after Mahomes connected with Tyreek Hill on a 54-yard touchdown catch, and the two-point conversion by Mecole Hardman was good.
The Chargers regained the lead after Badgley kicked a 23-yard field goal that made the score 20-17. The Chiefs tied the game 20-20 after Butler kicked a 30-yard field goal that sent the game into overtime.
The Chargers got the ball first in overtime, but the Chiefs' defense clamped down and forced them to go three and out. Mahomes took advantage of the opportunity to win the game drove the Chiefs offense down the field for 39-yards on 13 plays.
Moments later, Butler spoiled the Chargers' home opener debut after he kicked another 58-yard field goal that gave the Chiefs a 23-20 come from behind victory.
Herbert, in his starting debut as the quarterback, completed 22 of his 33 passes for 311-yards, one rushing touchdown, one passing touchdown, and one interception.
Mahomes completed 27 of his 42 passes for 302 yards 2 touchdowns. Hill for the Chiefs, caught five passes for 99-yards 1 touchdown in their overtime win on the road.
You have to give the Chargers credit, they played a great game with a rookie quarterback, showing great poise in his first start, and the way the defense played, the future looks bright for them this season if they can just avoid the injury bug.
The Chargers' next game will be at So-Fi Stadium against the Carolina Panthers, and the Chiefs will be on the road to take on the Baltimore Ravens on Monday Night Football. #nfl #lachargers #chiefs #football #patrickmahomes #justinherbert #desmondking #sofistadium #tgsportstv1 #blackmediamatters