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Travis Kelce's 34-yard touchdown catch-and-run helps the Kansas City Chiefs to a 34-28 overtime win over the AFC West rival Los Angeles Chargers on Thursday Night Football.

With the win, Kansas City takes a half-game lead on New England in the race for the AFC's top playoff seed. New England has the edge on Tennessee at No. 2 thanks to a 36-13 head-to-head win on Nov. 28. The Chargers slide to the No. 5 spot with the loss.

The Patriots, Titans, Packers, Cardinals, Cowboys, Rams and Bucs all can clinch playoff berths this week.

This live experience follows the action and coverage from tonight's game from The Athletic's Chiefs writer Nate Taylor, Chargers writer Daniel Popper and more.

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Kansas City 34, L.A. Chargers 28 (OT) | BOX SCORE

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And that's a w̶a̶l̶k̶o̶f̶f̶ runoff touchdown for Travis Kelce and the Kansas City Chiefs.

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When Travis Kelce says "jump," Andy Reid says "maybe another time."

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December 17, 2021 at 6:45 PM EST
Staley spoke Friday and laid out the reasons behind his style of in-game coaching.
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December 17, 2021 at 6:41 PM EST
Positive vibes
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December 17, 2021 at 3:02 PM EST
Donald Parham's mother arrived in LA this morning and has joined her son at UCLA Harbor Medical Center, per Chargers coach Brandon Staley.

Staley has not talked to Parham directly yet but hopes to later today. "It was encouraging news throughout the night," Staley said.
December 17, 2021 at 1:01 PM EST
Parham is expected to be released from the hospital today.
Update: Tight End Donald Parham Jr. stayed overnight at UCLA Harbor Medical Center for observation after being diagnosed with a concussion. He is resting comfortably, alert and will likely be discharged from the hospital later today.
December 17, 2021 at 10:33 AM EST
Greatness was needed. Patrick Mahomes, the Chiefs’ superstar quarterback, knew his best was required. The scoreboard at SoFi Stadium demanded it, too.

With a little more than nine minutes left in regulation and the Chiefs trailing the Los Angeles Chargers by eight points, Mahomes found himself in one of the most difficult situations for an NFL quarterback: When almost every snap is a passing play and 11 defenders determine each step in the pocket, his decision-making and the release of the ball must be precise.

Mahomes, in a matter of minutes, transformed what appeared to be an underwhelming performance into one of his most magnificent. He orchestrated three must-score possessions for the Chiefs into touchdowns. He scrambled, improvised and persevered.

Read the full story below:
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In yet another comeback win, Patrick Mahomes’ heroics — with Travis Kelce’s help — lift Chiefs past Chargers
December 17, 2021 at 9:45 AM EST
On Sept. 10, before he had coached a down of regular-season football for the Chargers, Brandon Staley was asked about how aggressive he planned to be on fourth downs. The Chargers were two days away from opening their 2021 season on the road against the Washington Football Team.

“I’m a big fan of trusting our quarterback, of putting the ball in his hands and putting pressure on the defense. I believe in that,” the rookie head coach said. “From a strategic standpoint, there are a lot of reasons why. Fear is definitely not going to be a motivator for us, one that we make decisions by. We’re going to be able to live with our results because we trust our process and we trust our players. … Sometimes you’re going to have to live with the criticism. That’s part of the job.”

We are now 15 weeks into the NFL season, and every word Staley said in that response has held true.

If you are clamoring about his decision-making — if you are surprised or put off or confused — then you have not been paying attention.

Read more below:

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Popper: Brandon Staley’s fourth-down decisions were sound, even if the results weren’t there for the Chargers
December 17, 2021 at 12:11 AM EST
Another game, another record for Patrick Mahomes.

Patrick Mahomes had his 7th career game with 400+ pass yards and 3+ pass TD in the @Chiefs #ThursdayNightFootball win over the Chargers.

7 such games is the most by a player in his first 5 seasons, breaking a tie with Hall of Famer Dan Marino who had 6 from 1983-1987.
December 17, 2021 at 12:02 AM EST
Big Red gives credit where credit is due.

Andy Reid: "It was a battle, two heavyweights going after each other. My hat goes out to Melvin Ingram winning two coin flips."
December 16, 2021 at 11:56 PM EST
Travis Kelce’s 34-yard catch and run touchdown in overtime gave the Chiefs a 34-28 win in what was one of the most exciting games in Thursday night football history.

It was Kelce’s second touchdown reception of the game, as it followed his 7-yard scoring play late in the fourth quarter that tied the score at 28. Kelce ended the night with a career-high 191 receiving yards on 10 catches. Tyreek Hill was just as impactful, as he racked up 12 catches on 13 targets for 148 yards and a fourth quarter touchdown that tied the game at 21.

The Chargers adopted a very aggressive playcalling approach on offense, as Brandon Staley went for it on fourth down on five occasions. But that mindset may have hurt Los Angeles more than it helped, as the Chiefs stopped the Chargers on two fourth down plays that occurred inside the Kansas City 5-yard line and ended another drive with a fourth down stop at the Chiefs 28-yard line. Los Angeles also leaned on the run more than any game this year, as its 192 rushing yards was a season-high in that category.

Justin Herbert set an NFL record for most passing yards in his first two years, as his 8,394 yards topped the previous record of 8,196 set by Andrew Luck in 2012-13.

Kansas City (10-4) hosts Pittsburgh next week. The Chargers (8-6) travel to Houston to play the Texans in Week 16. Kansas City has won seven consecutive games and has a two-game lead in the AFC West.

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December 16, 2021 at 11:36 PM EST
A fantastic play by Kelce gives the Chiefs a 34-28 win!

TRAVIS KELCE WINS IT FOR THE @CHIEFS. #KCvsLAC #ChiefsKingdom @tkelce pic.twitter.com/4royb0bA6E
December 16, 2021 at 11:29 PM EST
Mahomes has been superb when on the run tonight.
Patrick Mahomes & Travis Kelce (7-yd TD)

🔸 Mahomes Speed: 13.79 mph*
🔸 Target Separation: 1.4 yds
🔸 Completion Probability: 28.4%

*Mahomes On the Run (8+ mph): 6/8, 118 yards, TD#KCvsLAC | #ChiefsKingdom pic.twitter.com/fVraHL9SR9
December 16, 2021 at 11:28 PM EST
Week 15 starts with some free football, as this game is headed to overtime.
We go to overtime.
Chiefs win the toss.
December 16, 2021 at 11:24 PM EST
The Chiefs defense has its most important stop of the game and it gives Kansas City one more chance to win in regulation time.

This is the Chargers' first punt of the game.
December 16, 2021 at 11:19 PM EST
Kansas City answers the Chargers drive with a terrific 75-yard touchdown drive of their own, as Mahomes makes multiple plays and closes it out with a scramble throw to Travis Kelce to tie the game at 28. LA takes over at its 25-yard line with 1:16 left in the 4th.
MAHOMES TIES IT!!

This game…. Catch the ending now on FOX!

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December 16, 2021 at 11:09 PM EST
The Chargers red zone woes are now past them, as they drove 75 yards on 11 plays and go up 28-21 on an 8-yard scoring strike from Herbert to Allen.
Herbert answers back!

Chargers retake the lead with 2:19 remaining, 28-21.

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December 16, 2021 at 11:02 PM EST
There have been nine drives in this game that have had their final offensive play inside the opponents' ten-yard line. None of them have ended in field goals, five in touchdowns, one in a turnover and three in turnover-by-downs. Teams typically do not get to their opponent ten-yard line this often, but they even less frequently fail at scoring points. The Chiefs' touchdown and conversion had to be cathartic for a number of reasons
December 16, 2021 at 11:00 PM EST
Travis Kelce breaks out of his two-game slump on a 69-yard catch and run to set up a 1-yard TD reception by Tyreek Hill. A terrific scramble play by Mahomes on the 2-point play leads to a completion to Clyde Edwards-Helaire to tie the game at 21.
Travis Kelce. YAC KING. #ChiefsKingdom

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TIE. GAME.

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December 16, 2021 at 10:53 PM EST
James is questionable to return with a hamstring injury, per the broadcast.
Derwin James remains out. He doesn't have his helmet on. Standing on sideline.
December 16, 2021 at 10:52 PM EST
What a wild game! Three plays after the Chiefs forced the fumble, Uchenna Nwosu make a fantastic play to set up a 2-yard rushing score by Austin Ekeler to put LA up 21-13.
UCHENNA NWOSU TAKES IT BACK FOR LA. #BoltUp

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Ekeler finds the end zone! @Chargers take a 21-13 lead. #BoltUp

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December 16, 2021 at 10:47 PM EST
The Chargers just can’t close out red zone drives, as after converting a 4th and 1 to set up 1st and goal, Joshua Kelley fumbles the ball trying to dive over the pile and the Chiefs recover. LA still leads 14-13 and Kansas City has to start their next drive from their 2-yard line.
ANOTHER goal line stop for the @Chiefs! #ChiefsKingdom

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