Chargers 27, Chiefs 24, OT

SAN DIEGO — The Chargers must feel they're living charmed lives these days.

How else to explain their first playoff berth in four years?

"It feels like this season is meant to be special," Pro Bowl safety Eric Weddle said after Sunday's 27-24 in overtime win against the Chiefs gave the Chargers the AFC's final spot.

Nick Novak hit a 36-yard field goal with 5:30 left in overtime to give San Diego its only lead. The Chargers then held the Chiefs on downs to win it after Kansas City got into San Diego territory.

The Chargers won their fourth straight and fifth in six games.

But San Diego needed help. Everything worked out Sunday as Miami and Baltimore, which both needed to lose to keep San Diego alive, both obliged.

The Chargers trailed 24-14 in the fourth quarter against a team that had clinched the AFC's No. 5 seed and rested 20 of 22 starters.

"We treated it just like any other game," running back Knile Davis said. "It all comes down to us going out and doing our jobs."

Kansas City's Ryan Succop missed a potential winning, 41-yard field goal with 4 seconds left in regulation. Then on their first overtime drive, the Chargers got a 2-yard gain by Weddle — barely enough for a first down — on a fake punt from their 28.

"I just felt we could get 2 yards as a punt team with me running the ball and if we are going to go down let's go down doing what we do best and that is being aggressive and fighting to the end," Weddle said. "And we just got enough and I'm glad we got it."


Chargers 27, Chiefs 24, OT 12/29/13 [Last modified: Sunday, December 29, 2013 11:20pm]

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