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Final score: Chiefs rally back from 11 down to beat Chargers 23-20 in overtime

Kicker Harrison Butker was 3 for 3 on the day, including the game-winner in overtime.

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The Kansas City Chiefs looked as though they were primed to suffer their first loss in 11 games Sunday against the Los Angeles Chargers. Then what has almost come to be expected happened — they found a way to emerge victorious.

Kicker Harrison Butker drilled a 58-yard field goal in overtime — his second 58-yarder of the day — as the Chiefs overcame an 11-point deficit to defeat the Chargers 23-20 and improve to 2-0 on the season. Running back Darwin Thompson converted a fourth-and-1 rush at the Los Angeles 46-yard line to keep the game-winning drive alive.

Butker actually made the game-winner three times in a row. He connected from 53, but Nick Allegretti was called for a false start penalty. Then he made it from 58, but Chargers head coach Anthony Lynn called a timeout in an attempt to ice Butker. Then he made it from 58 again for the win.

The comeback may have been expected, but it began in a way perhaps largely unexpected. Trailing 17-6 in the third quarter and facing fourth-and-15 at the Los Angeles 40-yard line, Chiefs head coach Andy Reid sent out Butker for his first 58-yard kick of the day — which he made, cutting the lead to one score.

On the next drive — Chargers rookie quarterback Justin Herbert, making a surprise first start of his rookie career — made one of the few mistakes of his day when he threw an interception into the hands of cornerback L’Jarius Sneed.

Starting at their own 5-yard line, Mahomes and the Chiefs worked the ball up to the 46. Then on second-and-8, rolling to his right on the run, Mahomes threw the ball nearly 60 yards in the air to a streaking Tyreek Hill for a 54-yard touchdown. The Chiefs tied the game at 17 when Mahomes connected with wide receiver Mecole Hardman in the end zone.

Herbert and the Chargers took more than 10 minutes off the game clock on the ensuing drive that ended with a 23-yard field goal, leaving a little more than two minutes in the fourth quarter for Mahomes and company, then down three points. The Chargers forced the Chiefs to third-and-20 at midfield with less than a minute to go — but Mahomes scrambled for 21 yards to keep the game alive. Butker’s 30-yard field goal sent the game to overtime.

Herbert targeted six different receivers in the first half as he and the Chargers built a 14-6 lead going into the locker room. On the first possession of his career, Herbert drove Los Angeles 79 yards in 3:37, capping it off with a four-yard scramble for a touchdown.

Later in the quarter, wide receiver Jalen Guyton found his way behind the defense, and Herbert led him with a perfect 14-yard pass in the end zone for the first passing touchdown of his career.

The Chiefs’ only score of the first half was a 10-yard touchdown reception by Travis Kelce. Long snapper James Winchester was called for holding on the extra point attempt, and Butker’s 43-yard try after the penalty was blocked by defensive tackle Jerry Tillery. The Chargers scored first in the third quarter when Michael Badgley hit a 41-yard field goal to make it 17-6.


Injuries

  • Defensive cornerback Antonio Hamilton left during the first half with a groin injury.
  • Running back Darrel Williams left during the second quarter with an ankle injury.
  • Defensive end Frank Clark left during the third quarter due to an illness.
  • Wide receiver Sammy Watkins left during the fourth quarter after suffering a helmet-to-helmet hit by Chargers linebacker Denzel Perryman.

Special teams

  • Chiefs rookie Tommy Townsend punted five times on Sunday and landed two of those punts inside the 20-yard line.

Rapid reaction

  • The game’s rapid reaction will be posted to our homepage shortly.

Statistics

CATEGORY KC LAC
Total Yards 414 479
Total Plays 70 79
Yards per play 5.9 6.1
Rushing Yards 125 183
Rush Attempts 22 44
Yards per rush 5.70 4.20
Passing Gross Yards 302 311
Sacks/Yards lost 1/13 2/15
Passing Net Yards 289 296
Comp/Att/Pct 27/47/57% 22/33/67%
Yards per pass 6.00 8.50
Interceptions thrown 0 1
Fumbles lost 0 0
Turnovers 0 1
Penalties/Yards 11/90 6/40
Total Drives 10 10
Time of Possession 28:38 39:27
First downs 23 28
Rushing first downs 8 13
Passing first downs 15 14
Penalty first downs 0 1
Third down (Made/Att/Pct) 7/15/47% 6/13/46%
Fourth down (Made/Att/Pct) 1/1/100% 1/2/50%
Goal to go (Made/Att/Pct) 0/0/0% 2/3/67%
Red Zone (Made/Att/Pct) 1/2/50% 2/3/67%
Touchdowns 2 2
TDs/Rushing 0 1
TDs/Passing 2 1
TDs/Interception 0 0
TDs/Kickoff Return 0 0
TDs/Fumble Return 0 0
TDs/Punt Return 0 0
TDs/Defense/ST 0 0
Safeties 0 0
Extra Points (Made/Att) 1/2 2/2
Field Goals (Made/Att) 3/3 2/2
Two-Point Conv (Made/Att) 1/1 0/0
Kickoffs (Num/EZ/TB) 5/2/1 5/5/4
Punts (Num/Yds) 5/221 3/131
Gross Punting Avg Yds 44.2 43.7
Net Punting Avg Yds 39.6 38.3
Total Rtn Yds (No KOs) 16 3
Punt Returns (Num/Yds) 1/16 1/3
Kickoff Returns (Num/Yds) 1/31 4/85
Int Returns (Num/Yds) 1/0 0/0
Punts blocked 0 0
FGs/PATs Blocked 0/1 0/0
Timeouts (Rem/Used) 2/0 0/2
Attendance -- 0

CHIEFS PASSING C ATT YDS AVG TD LG INT SK SKYD RTG
Patrick Mahomes 27 47 302 6.4 2 54 0 1 13 90.9
TEAM 27 47 302 6.4 2 54 0 1 13 //

CHARGERS PASSING C ATT YDS AVG TD LG INT SK SKYD RTG
Justin Herbert 22 33 311 9.4 1 35 1 2 15 94.4
TEAM 22 33 311 9.4 1 35 1 2 15 //

CHIEFS RUSHING CAR YDS AVG TD LG
Clyde Edwards/Helaire 10 38 3.8 0 17
Patrick Mahomes 6 54 9.0 0 21
Darwin Thompson 4 21 5.3 0 14
Mecole Hardman 1 3 3.0 0 3
Tyreek Hill 1 9 9.0 0 9
TEAM 22 125 5.7 0 21

CHARGERS RUSHING CAR YDS AVG TD LG
Joshua Kelley 23 64 2.8 0 7
Austin Ekeler 16 93 5.8 0 13
Justin Herbert 4 18 4.5 1 11
Joe Reed 1 8 8.0 0 8
TEAM 44 183 4.2 1 13

CHIEFS RECEIVING REC YDS AVG TD LG TGTS YAC
Clyde Edwards/Helaire 6 32 5.3 0 10 8 25
Mecole Hardman 2 30 15.0 0 22 3 9
Tyreek Hill 5 99 19.8 1 54t 11 109
Travis Kelce 9 90 10.0 1 20 14 30
Demarcus Robinson 3 28 9.3 0 14 4 10
Darwin Thompson 0 0 0 0 0 1 0
Sammy Watkins 1 11 11.0 0 11 3 7
Darrel Williams 1 12 12.0 0 12 1 10
TEAM 27 302 11.2 2 54 45 200

CHARGERS RECEIVING REC YDS AVG TD LG TGTS YAC
Keenan Allen 7 96 13.7 0 28 10 51
Austin Ekeler 4 55 13.8 0 22 4 44
Jalen Guyton 1 14 14.0 1 14t 2 0
Hunter Henry 6 83 13.8 0 22 8 34
Joshua Kelley 2 49 24.5 0 35 3 52
Mike Williams 2 14 7.0 0 8 4 4
TEAM 22 311 14.1 1 35 31 185

CHIEFS FUMBLES FUM LOST FF REC
(OWN)
TD REC
(OPP)
TD
TEAM 0 0 0 0 0 0 0

CHARGERS FUMBLES FUM LOST FF REC
(OWN)
TD REC
(OPP)
TD
Keenan Allen 1 0 0 0 0 0 0
Austin Ekeler 0 0 0 1 0 0 0
TEAM 1 0 0 1 0 0 0

CHIEFS DEFENSE TOT SOLO ASST SACK YDS INT TFL PD QBH TD FF FR
Taco Charlton 2 1 1 1.0 1.0 0 1 0 2 0 0 0
Frank Clark 2 1 1 0.0 0.0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
Mike Danna 4 2 2 1.0 14.0 0 1 0 1 0 0 0
Rashad Fenton 3 2 1 0.0 0.0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
Willie Gay 1 0 1 0.0 0.0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
Anthony Hitchens 9 7 2 0.0 0.0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
Chris Jones 3 2 1 0.0 0.0 0 0 0 2 0 0 0
Tanoh Kpassagnon 4 3 1 0.0 0.0 0 0 1 0 0 0 0
Tyrann Mathieu 5 1 4 0.0 0.0 0 0 1 1 0 0 0
Ben Niemann 9 5 4 0.0 0.0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
Derrick Nnadi 9 1 8 0.0 0.0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
L'Jarius Sneed 6 5 1 0.0 0.0 1 0 1 0 0 0 0
Daniel Sorensen 4 4 0 0.0 0.0 0 0 0 1 0 0 0
Tedric Thompson 3 2 1 0.0 0.0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
Juan Thornhill 4 1 3 0.0 0.0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
Tershawn Wharton 5 4 1 0.0 0.0 0 1 0 0 0 0 0
Damien Wilson 12 7 5 0.0 0.0 0 1 0 0 0 0 0
TEAM 85 48 37 2 15 1 4 3 7 0 0 0

CHARGERS DEFENSE TOT SOLO ASST SACK YDS INT TFL PD QBH TD FF FR
Nasir Adderley 4 3 1 0.0 0.0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
Joey Bosa 4 2 2 1.0 13.0 0 1 0 2 0 0 0
Michael Davis 5 4 1 0.0 0.0 0 0 2 0 0 0 0
Austin Ekeler 0 0 0 0.0 0.0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1
Chris Harris 8 4 4 0.0 0.0 0 1 1 0 0 0 0
Casey Hayward Jr. 3 2 1 0.0 0.0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
Melvin Ingram III 0 0 0 0.0 0.0 0 0 1 0 0 0 0
Rayshawn Jenkins 3 1 2 0.0 0.0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
Justin Jones 1 0 1 0.0 0.0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
Linval Joseph 4 3 1 0.0 0.0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
Desmond King II 6 6 0 0.0 0.0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
Kenneth Murray 10 4 6 0.0 0.0 0 0 1 0 0 0 0
Uchenna Nwosu 0 0 0 0.0 0.0 0 0 0 2 0 0 0
Denzel Perryman 3 0 3 0.0 0.0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
Isaac Rochell 2 2 0 0.0 0.0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
Damion Square 1 0 1 0.0 0.0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
Jerry Tillery 1 1 0 0.0 0.0 0 0 0 2 0 0 0
Kyzir White 9 5 4 0.0 0.0 0 0 0 1 0 0 0
TEAM 64 37 27 1 13 0 2 5 7 0 0 1

CHIEFS INT INT YDS AVG LG TD
L'Jarius Sneed 1 0 0.0 0 0
TEAM 1 0 0.0 0 0

CHARGERS INT INT YDS AVG LG TD
TEAM 0 0 0 0 0

CHIEFS KICK RET NO YDS AVG LG TD
Mecole Hardman 1 31 31.0 31 0
TEAM 1 31 31.0 31 0

CHARGERS KICK RET NO YDS AVG LG TD
Joe Reed 4 85 21.3 28 0
TEAM 4 85 21.3 28 0

CHIEFS PUNT RET NO YDS AVG LG TD
Mecole Hardman 1 16 16.0 16 0
TEAM 1 16 16.0 16 0

CHARGERS PUNT RET NO YDS AVG LG TD
Desmond King II 1 3 3.0 3 0
TEAM 1 3 3.0 3 0

CHIEFS KICKING FGA/FGM PCT LONG XP PTS
Harrison Butker 3/3 100.0 58 0 9
TEAM 3/3 100.0 58 0 9

CHARGERS KICKING FGA/FGM PCT LONG XP PTS
Michael Badgley 2/2 100.0 41 2 8
TEAM 2/2 100.0 41 2 8

CHIEFS PUNTING NO YDS AVG TB I20 LG
Tommy Townsend 5 221 44.2 1 2 55
TEAM 5 221 44.2 1 2 55

CHARGERS PUNTING NO YDS AVG TB I20 LG
Ty Long 3 131 43.7 0 1 61
TEAM 3 131 43.7 0 1 61