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NFL Week 11 Game Recap: Kansas City Chiefs 30, Los Angeles Chargers 27

Inglewood, California, USA; Kansas City Chiefs tight end Travis Kelce (87) celebrates with quarterback Patrick Mahomes (15) after scoring on a 17-yard touchdown reception with 31 seconds left against the Los Angeles Chargers SoFi Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Kirby Lee-USA TODAY Sports

The Kansas City Chiefs knocked off division rival Los Angeles Chargers on the road this Sunday night, putting them on the brink of securing the AFC West title.

Offensive spotlight: Patrick Mahomes was once again playing at an MVP standard. He was dialed in from a clean pocket and hit deadly accurate throws on the horizontal concepts stretching across the field.

Tight end Travis Kelce had the best night of any player on the field and is the highest-graded offensive player from this matchup on first review. He was targeted on over a third of his routes run and hauled in three touchdowns for the game. Kelce broke two tackles on six receptions and averaged 14.8 yards after the catch per reception.

Defensive spotlight: Chiefs off-ball linebacker Nick Bolton was one of the most notable players from either team on the defensive side of the ball. In addition to grabbing the game-sealing interception, Bolton flew to ball carriers and racked up double-digit tackles. He didn’t miss one of his 13 tackle attempts and was the first defender to contact on 10 of those.

Rookie spotlight: Clyde Edwards-Helaire took an early exit due to injury, paving the way for seventh-round rookie Isiah Pacheco to lead the backfield. Pacheco averaged 7.2 yards per carry and helped lead Kansas City to a 50% success rate on the ground for the game.

Offensive line spotlight:The Chargers offensive line woes continued on Sunday night. Four of the five starters lost three or more reps in pass protection against Kansas City, and each of those players own a poor pass-blocking grade below 60.0 on first review. Rookie guard Zion Johnson notably performed well below his standards, as he allowed a sack, hit and hurry against Chris Jones and the Chiefs.

Box Score

Passing
Kansas City Chiefs
Player Fantasy Comp/Att Yds YPA TD Int Sacks Rtg
Patrick Mahomes 30.5 20 / 34 329 9.7 3 0 1 120.8
Los Angeles Chargers
Player Fantasy Comp/Att Yds YPA TD Int Sacks Rtg
Justin Herbert 20.7 23 / 30 280 9.3 2 1 5 113.2
Rushing
Kansas City Chiefs
Player Fantasy Car Yds YPC TD Long Fum Lost
Patrick Mahomes 30.5 4 23 5.8 0 16 0
Isiah Pacheco 13.7 15 107 7.1 0 28 0
Jerick McKinnon 2.4 6 24 4.0 0 7 1
Clyde Edwards-Helaire 0.9 2 9 4.5 0 6 0
Los Angeles Chargers
Player Fantasy Car Yds YPC TD Long Fum Lost
Justin Herbert 20.7 5 17 3.4 0 7 0
Austin Ekeler 18.0 19 83 4.4 1 9 0
Isaiah Spiller 4.2 4 11 2.8 0 11 0
Zander Horvath 0.3 1 3 3.0 0 3 0
Sony Michel 0.1 1 1 1.0 0 1 0
Receiving
Kansas City Chiefs
Player Fantasy Tgt Rec Yds YPT TD Long
Travis Kelce 38.5 10 6 115 11.5 3 34
Skyy Moore 11.3 6 5 63 10.5 0 18
Justin Watson 9.7 4 3 67 16.8 0 29
Jody Fortson 7.1 2 2 51 25.5 0 40
Noah Gray 3.5 3 2 15 5.0 0 12
Marquez Valdes-Scantling 2.8 4 1 18 4.5 0 18
Jerick McKinnon 2.4 1 1 0 0.0 0 0
Kadarius Toney 0.0 1 0 0 0.0 0 0
Los Angeles Chargers
Player Fantasy Tgt Rec Yds YPT TD Long
Joshua Palmer 33.6 10 8 106 10.6 2 50
Justin Herbert 20.7 1 1 -2 -2.0 0 -2
Austin Ekeler 18.0 2 2 17 8.5 0 11
Keenan Allen 13.4 8 5 94 11.8 0 46
DeAndre Carter 6.3 3 3 33 11.0 0 20
Isaiah Spiller 4.2 2 2 11 5.5 0 8
Mike Williams 2.5 1 1 15 15.0 0 15
Stone Smartt 1.6 1 1 6 6.0 0 6
Michael Bandy 0.0 1 0 0 0.0 0 0

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