San Diego charges into the playoffs
The stars aligned for the San Diego Chargers on the final Sunday of the regular season as both the Miami Dolphins and the Baltimore Ravens lost. The Chargers took the field knowing that a win over Kansas City would put them into the play-offs .
The Chiefs did not start 20 of 22 starters, but the Chargers were still lucky to escape with a win after KC Kicker Ryan Succup missed a 41-yard FG try with :08 left in the game. San Diego kicker Nick Novak later kicked a 36-yard field goal in OT, which turned out to be the game-winner.
With 2 weeks remaining in the season, SD needed six things to happen for them to make the play-offs. The Dolphins had to lose 2 games, the Ravens had to lose 2 games and the Chargers had to win 2 games. Somehow, the unlikely happened and SD is headed to the playoffs for the 1st time in 4 years.
The Chargers were down 24-14 with less than 11:00 minutes to play in the 4th quarter. Two scores later the game was tied and Succup had a chance to win it for the Chiefs.
In overtime, the play of the game was a fake punt (called by Charger Free Safety Eric Weddle) on 4th down & 2 from the Chargers’ 28-yard line. Weddle was short on the initial rush, but a late surge pushed him over the 1st down marker by inches. From there, the Chargers drove down the field and took the lead on the Novak field goal.
The Chiefs then took the kick-off and moved down the field, but eventually came up short on 4th& 15 on the Chargers 40.
QB Philip Rivers had another excellent game with 3 TD passes and 1 INT. For the season, Rivers is 378 for 544 for a completion rating of 70% with 32 TD passes and 11 INTs.
The Chargers play the Bengals in Cincinnati in the early game on Sunday, January 5th.