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Frank Clark beat Trey Pipkins outside and hit Philip Rivers‘ arm, sending an errant pass directly into the hands of big Derrick Nnadi. Clark then had a strip-sack of Rivers as he scrambled out of the pocket, but the fumble was recovered by Austin Ekeler. Clark also had a big tackle for loss on third down to halt a Chargers’ fourth-quarter drive.
Tyrann Mathieu came down from his safety position to intercept Rivers in the second quarter. Rashad Fenton made a timely interception when he snagged a deep pass intended for Andre Patton late in the fourth quarter. Daniel Sorenson made a nice leaping pick in front of Ekeler to seal the victory.
The Chiefs' offensive line underwhelmed when asked to run block for Damien Williams & Co. None of Kansas City's offensive linemen will finish reviews with particularly high run-blocking grades.
Patrick Mahomes didn't have the spectacular outing everyone expects from him every week on Monday night. He missed several throws and recorded a bad turnover-worthy play on his interception to Chargers safety Rayshawn Jenkins. Playing the middle third in cover-3, Jenkins jumped in front of Mahomes' pass intended for Demarcus Robinson on a go route. Mahomes was also under constant pressure and failed to push the ball downfield when under duress. He finished with just a 5.7 average depth of target on pressured dropbacks. This will go down as one of Mahomes' worst single-game performances of the season.
Ekeler had the big play of the first half for the Chargers’ offense, as he caught a wheel route out of the backfield and forced a missed tackle on his way to a 37-yard gain. In the second quarter, Ekeler picked up 18 yards on a reverse. Ekeler was frequently targeted with short passes in the game.
Rivers looked like he was lacking zip on his passes most of the night and threw multiple interceptions. Rivers' best throw of the night came in the last minute of the game when he hit a jumping Mike Williams for a 50-yard gain down the sideline.
Damion Square turned in an outstanding performance against the run on Monday night. He recorded multiple defensive stops and rarely was pushed off his spot in the run game.
Despite the loss, both Joey Bosa and Melvin Ingram earned high marks as a pass-rushers against Kansas City. Each of the two edge defenders recorded several pass-rush wins. And Ingram added two batted passes, as well.