INGLEWOOD, Calif. — The streak is alive.
The Kansas City Chiefs defeated the Los Angeles Chargers, 34-28, in overtime Thursday night and extended their winning streak to seven games.
Kansas City quarterback Patrick Mahomes connected with tight end Travis Kelce for the 38-yard, game-winning touchdown just over minute into the first possession of overtime.
Mahomes threw a costly interception in the second half, but made up for it with three touchdown passes and late-game heroics as the Chiefs solidified their spot atop the AFC West with a two-game lead over the Chargers (8-6).
Mahomes completed 31 of 47 passes for 410 yards and
With three games left to play, the Chiefs continue to vie for the AFC’s No. 1 seeding with the New England Patriots (9-4) and Tennessee Titans (9-4) thanks to an unlikely turnaround.
The Chiefs lost three of their first four games of the season and were 3-4 before reeling off seven straight victories.
With the game tied 21-21 late in fourth quarter, Los Angeles quarterback Justin Herbert delivered.
He directed an 11-play, 75-yard drive capped by his eight-yard touchdown pass to wide receiver Keenan Allen as the Chargers went ahead 28-21.
Then it was Mahomes working magic. He needed just 93 seconds to lead the Chiefs down the field and connect with tight end Travis Kelce to tie the game 28.28 with 1:16 left in regulation
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Mahomes was not at his best. Among the regrettable moments: In the third quarter, with the Chiefs facing 4-and-1 at the Chargers 2, he spotted an open Mecole Hardman but threw the ball well short of the receiver.
Later in the quarter, it got worse for Mahomes. On third-and-3 at the Chiefs, he tried to loft a pass to Clyde Edwards-Helaire. But Chargers outside linebacker Uchenna Nwosu leaped into the air, tipped the pass and caught it for an interception as he fell to the ground.