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Chiefs headlines for Friday, December 14.

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Chargers clinch playoff berth with victory over Chiefs | NFL

Following the win and the on-field celebration that followed, Lynn defended the decision to go for two, not that he had to. “We didn’t come here for a tie. We came here for the win,” Lynn told reporters. “So, for me, it was a no-brainer.”

Chargers vs. Chiefs final score, takeaways: Rivers’ incredible comeback puts L.A. back into AFC West race | CBS Sports

Filling in for Ware, Williams proved he should be the Chiefs’ primary running back even if Ware is healthy. Placed in good situations all night by Reid’s play-calling and scheme, he finished with 123 yards on 16 touches.

Report card: Chiefs unable to stop Philip Rivers when it mattered | Kansas City Star

Reason to hope: Damien Williams stepped in with almost no track record in this offense, and delivered big plays in the screen game and showed some quickness and elusiveness.

All 32 NFL defensive lines, ranked | SB Nation

A piece away from really making noise

Cleveland Browns, Buffalo Bills, Carolina Panthers, Detroit Lions, Tampa Bay Buccaneers, Indianapolis Colts, Arizona Cardinals, Tennessee Titans, Green Bay Packers, Kansas City Chiefs

These teams are close to having great defensive lines, but they aren’t quite there yet. That could change with a bonafide free agent or a top flight draft pick, but as of now, they aren’t truly scaring teams.

Here are three angles of Patrick Mahomes tossing a TD pass after faking a throwaway | Kansas City Star

Mahomes scrambled on a third-down play that seemed destined to be a sack. Instead, Mahomes completed a pass to Damien Williams for a first down.

The Chiefs drove to the 5-yard line and Mahomes pulled off more magic. He glided to the sideline and didn’t seem to have an open receiver.

Keenan Allen suffers hip injury in Chargers’ victory | NFL

Allen suffered the injury while nearly pulling down an improbable touchdown reception. L.A. earned a first down on the play thanks to a Chiefs penalty.

Allen had neither a target nor a reception at the time of his departure. The Chiefs were leading 14-7.

VIDEO: Chiefs fans throw beer at celebrating Charger players | 41 KSHB Kansas City

41 Action News Reporter Jordan Betts was in the stands when Chargers players walked into the endzone to celebrate. Betts said angry fans then began throwing beer cans, cups and other trash at the players.

2018 NFL All-Rookie Team, offense: Saquon at RB | NFL

Returner: Tremon Smith, Kansas City Chiefs

The sixth-round draft pick has pulled off a convincing Tyreek Hill impersonation on kickoffs, averaging 27.9 yards per return. Jets veteran Andre Roberts (665) is the only player with more kickoff-return yards than Smith’s 642 this season.

Andy Reid has waited his entire career for the 2018 Chiefs | ESPN

“He really loves offensive football. He loves being able to be progressive and aggressive and innovative and he’s got every tool he could possibly look for to do anything he could possibly want to do.”

Joe Banner on Andy Reid

Patrick Mahomes supplants Drew Brees as betting favorite for MVP | ESPN

Mahomes, 23, is now listed at minus-155 to win the award, and he has supplanted New Orleans Saints quarterback Drew Brees as the betting favorite this week at both DraftKings and William Hill U.K.

Around the league

Carson Wentz dealing with a fracture in his back | NFL

Per Rapoport, the Eagles performed CT scans throughout the season, but none revealed the fracture until now. The team is still determining if there is any risk of worsening the injury if Wentz continues to play.

Cooper says Raiders owner wanted to trade him to Cowboys | Yahoo! Sports

Cooper told reporters that Raiders owner Mark Davis made the decision.

”They were getting calls about a first for next year and they weren’t going to do it,” Cooper said on Thursday, via the Fort Worth Star-Telegram. “But when [Dallas owner and general manager] Jerry Jones called about a first for this year he felt he had no choice.”

Richard Sherman: ‘The era was over in my mind’ with Seahawks | ESPN

Three days after Seattle Seahawks defensive end Frank Clark declared that Richard Sherman and his era is over in Seattle, the San Francisco 49ers cornerback made it clear he wasn’t bothered by Clark’s comments, and actually went so far as to agree with the premise.

Cam Newton: Jordan sending broom was ‘disrespectful’ | NFL

Ahead of Monday night’s matchup between the NFC South rivals, Newton noted that Saints defensive end Cameron Jordan sent wine and a broom to the Panthers quarterback to represent the sweep.

Patriots’ JC Jackson Confidently ‘Ready’ To Cover NFL’s Best Receivers | NESN

The thought of covering Pittsburgh Steelers ace wide receiver Antonio Brown might make most undrafted rookie cornerbacks sweat.

Not so for JC Jackson. The Patriots rookie cornerback was beaming at the mere mention of lining up across from one of the NFL’s premier receivers this Sunday when New England takes on the Steelers.

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Chargers beat Chiefs 29-28 on last-second touchdown

The Kansas City Chiefs jumped out to an early lead thanks to big plays from their defense and led by as many as 14 points, but ultimately couldn’t contain the Los Angeles Chargersoffense in the fourth quarter, losing the game 29-28 on a touchdown pass and two point conversion with just eight seconds left in the game.

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