Chargers kicking themselves, but not field goals, in overtime loss to Chiefs

Kansas City Chiefs tight end Travis Kelce (87) weaves his way past Chargers defensive back Trey Marshall (36) and cornerback Michael Davis (43) to score the winning touchdown in overtime of a 34-28 win at SoFi Stadium on Thursday. (Robert Gauthier / Los Angeles Times)

One of NFL’s largest games of the week didn’t quite fit into four quarters Thursday night at SoFi Stadium.

Much the same way, the Chargers couldn’t quite squeeze past the Kansas City Chiefs — on the field or in the standings.

After falling behind in the final three minutes of regulation, the Chiefs rallied to win 34-28 in overtime when tight end Travis Kelce divided and conquered a scrambling defense.

Kelce turned a short pass from Patrick Mahomes into a winding, weaving 34-yard touchdown on the opening possession of the extra session.

The sudden score meant Justin Herbert never had an opportunity to answer in overtime, the Chargers falling to 8-6 and missing an opportunity to take over first place in the AFC West.

Kansas City improved to 10-4, opening a two-game edge atop the division. The Chargers probably are left to compete for a wild-card playoff spot with three games left.

“It’s very disappointing,” wide receiver Keenan Allen said. “T.K. was making a play, doing what he does. Great player.”

The majority of the game was played with the backdrop of a scary situation that ended the Chargers’ opening possession.

Tight end Donald Parham Jr. was stretchered off the field and taken to a nearby hospital after hitting his head on the turf while attempting to make a catch.

The Chargers later announced that Parham was in stable condition while undergoing testing at Harbor-UCLA Medical Center.

Chargers tight end Donald Parham is stretchered off the field after sustaining a serious injury while diving for a pass in the end zone Thursday. (Robert Gauthier / Los Angeles Times)

“That’s where our thoughts are right now, with him,” coach Brandon Staley said. “That’s one of those things that’s the…

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