Video: Chargers Mount Incredible Comeback Against Chiefs on TNF with Two-point Conversion, Clinch First Playoff Spot since 2013

The Los Angeles Chargers clinched a playoff spot for the first time in five years with a memorable comeback win over the Kansas City Chiefs on Thursday night.

Trailing by 14 points against the AFC West champions at Arrowhead, the Chargers scored 15 unanswered points, which included a two-point conversion, to win the game 29-28.

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Down by seven points with three minutes left, the Chargers marched down 60 yards on an eight-play drive to come within a point of the Chiefs with just eight seconds left in the game. While most coaches would have settle for an extra point to tie the game, Anthony Lynn rolled the dice and he was rewarded when Mike Williams caught the two-point conversion.


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To put their comeback into context, since the turn of the millennium, teams trailing by 14 points with five minutes remaining in the game have won 12 games out of a possible 2,059.

"We didn't come here to tie," Lynn told NFL Network after the game. "We came here to win."

That @Chargers comeback though...

Since 2000, teams trailing by 14 points with 5 minutes remaining in the game have now won 12 games...

...out of a possible 2,059.

— NFL Research (@NFLResearch) December 14, 2018

With the win the Chargers improved to 11-3, clinching a trip to the playoffs for the first time since 2013, and are now tied with the Chiefs for the best record in the AFC. While Los Angeles has given itself a chance to secure the top seed in the conference, it would need the Chiefs to lose another game as Kansas City currently holds the tiebreaker.

It is also the first time since 1985 that Los Angeles has two teams in the playoffs, with the Rams having already clinched a postseason berth.

"The touchdown to Mike [Williams], our first touchdown was that same play," Chargers quarterback Philip Rivers was quoted as saying by ESPN. "We dressed it up a little bit, put Travis over there, put all three receivers over there, motioned Travis and hoped they wouldn't recognize it. And, they busted a coverage."

According to ESPN Stats & Info, the Chargers are the first team since the San Francisco 49ers in 2016 to convert a two-point attempt while down by one point in the final minute of regulation. The feat has been accomplished just five times in the last 15 seasons.

The Chargers are also the first team since the Minnesota Vikings in Week 15 of the 2002 season to convert a two-point conversion to win the game in the final 10 seconds of regulation.

The Chargers are the first team since Week 15, 2002 (Vikings) to convert a 2-point conversion to win a game in the final 10 seconds of regulation@Chargers #Chargers

— NFL Research (@NFLResearch) December 14, 2018

Williams's two-point conversion capped a magnificent game for the wide receiver, who finished with eight touches for 95 total yards and three touchdowns.

Rivers completed 26 of his 38 attempted passes for 313 yards and two touchdowns, while for the Chiefs Patrick Mahomes threw for 243 yards and two touchdowns, completing 24 of his 34 passes.

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Quarterback Philip Rivers #17 of the Los Angeles Chargers leads his team against the Baltimore Ravens Saturday in an AFC battle with playoff implications on the line. Peter Aiken/Getty Images