The Los Angeles Chargers lost in a last-minute “thriller” to the Kansas City Chiefs, 13-12.
The Chargers entered their Week 18 matchup against the Chiefs without much to play for except for pride, while the Chiefs were in the same position for entirely different reasons. With an interim coach at the helm, there wasn’t even much continuity of culture one might hope for with a win.
Despite that, the Chargers played most of their healthy starters, including veterans like running back Austin Ekeler and tight end Donald Parham.
Right tackle Trey Pipkins and tight end Gerald Everett both sustained knee injuries during the game and guard Jamaree Salyer has been in and out.
Wide receiver Joshua Palmer, recently out of the concussion protocol, also seemed to suffer a leg injury and was seen in the medical tent. Depth receiver Alex Erickson also went down with an injury and needed to be brought to the medical tent.
Starting quarterback Easton Stick finished with 258 yards, no touchdowns and no interceptions for a passer rating of 74.6.
Khalil Mack dominated the game on defense, adding another sack to his total to pass Danielle Hunter on the season-long sack leaderboard after Hunter briefly overtook Mack earlier in the day.
Mack also logged five quarterback hits and three tackles for loss, along with two batted passes. He is, at the moment, tied with Trey Hendrickson for second in the NFL in sacks.
Fellow competitors for a top-five pick included the Arizona Cardinals and New York Giants. The Washington Commanders hold a worse strength-of-schedule and therefore would beat the Chargers in a tiebreaker. The Cardinals rallied late against the Seahawks but couldn’t pull out a win and the Giants dominated an injury-riddled Philadelphia Eagles through their game.
The Chargers will now turn their eyes to a head coach and general manager search.