Philip Rivers won perhaps the biggest regular season game of his career on Thursday night, leading the Los Angeles Chargers to a thrilling 29-28 victory over the AFC-leading Kansas City Chiefs.
The Chargers scored 15 unanswered points in the fourth quarter, capped off by Mike Williams' two-point conversion reception with four seconds left to give L.A. the lead. With the win, the Chargers and Chiefs are now tied for the AFC's best record at 11-3.
As Rivers headed for the tunnel after the game, he was met with a chorus of boos from disgruntled Chiefs fans. The animated and outgoing quarterback had some fun with it, waiving goodbye to the fans at Arrowhead before heading to the locker room.
The Chargers snapped a nine-game losing streak against the Chiefs, having last defeated their AFC West foes in Week 17 of the 2013 season. Now, they have a chance to win their first division title in nine years - and perhaps snag home field advantage throughout the AFC playoffs.
Los Angeles clinched its postseason berth with the win on Thursday, their first since 2013. It'll mark just the second playoff season for Rivers and co. in the 2010s, but there's plenty of reason for optimism after this victory.
Los Angeles is just a week and a half removed from a thrilling comeback victory on the road against the Pittsburgh Steelers in Week 14, erasing a 16-point deficit and escaping with a 33-30 victory.
What This Means
Even if the Chargers don't manage to win the division (the Chiefs have the tiebreaker with a superior record inside the AFC West), they'll certainly strike fear into the rest of the AFC come playoff team. The Chargers have arguably the most complete roster in the NFL, and they can get it done on both sides of the ball.
Rivers is 37 years of age, looking for his first Super Bowl win. The future Hall of Famer certainly looks like he's on a mission. Just ask the Chiefs and Steelers: This man wants to win that elusive ring before his legendary career ends.