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Chiefs drop final regular season game to Chargers without Mahomes, key starters

Arrowhead Stadium is shown during the first half of an NFL football game between the Kansas...
Arrowhead Stadium is shown during the first half of an NFL football game between the Kansas City Chiefs and Las Vegas Raiders, Sunday, Oct. 11, 2020, in Kansas City. (AP Photo/Charlie Riedel)(Charlie Riedel | AP)
Published: Jan. 3, 2021 at 6:24 PM CST
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KANSAS CITY, Mo. (WIBW) - With Chad Henne at the helm under center Sunday, the Chiefs closed the regular season 14-2 with a loss to the Chargers, 38-21.

With the Chiefs having locked in a number-one seed and first-round by in the playoffs, the team opted to rest QB Patrick Mahomes, WR Tyreek Hill, WR Sammy Watkins, RB Clyde Edwards-Helaire, S Tyrann Mathieu, LB Ben Niemann and OT Mike Remmers.

Henne put the Chiefs on the board first with a three-yard TD pass to K-State alum Byron Pringle.

The Chargers answered with an 8-yard score from Justin Herbert to Donald Parham Jr. to tie things up at 7-7 at the end of the first.

Kansas City again took the lead with a 1-yd rushing score from Darwin Thompson. Herbert found Austin Ekeler for a 4-yd score to tie the game with 9:51 in the second quarter.

Isaac Rochell sacked Henne for a safety to take the lead, 16-14. Herbert scored on a one-yard keeper, then completed a two-point conversion attempt to Justin Jackson to take a 24-14 lead going into halftime.

The Chargers scored the lone TD of the third quarter with 47 seconds left with a 48-yd score from Herbert to Mike Williams to expand the Chargers lead to 17.

Henne found Thompson for an 8-yd TD to pull the Chiefs closer, 31-21 with 11:49. The Chargers answered with a 1-yd score from Kalen Ballage to once again grow their lead to 17 with 8:09 remaining.

The Chiefs 14 regular season wins marks a franchise best. After their first-round playoff bye, the team will be back in action the week of Jan. 11.

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