SAN DIEGO (AP) — Nick Novak kicked a 36-yard field goal with 5:30 left in overtime and the San Diego Chargers, who trailed by 10 points in the fourth quarter, beat the Kansas Chiefs 27-24 to claim the AFC’s final playoff spot.
The Chargers (9-7) ended a three-year postseason drought. The winning drive was kept alive by a 2-yard gain by Pro Bowl safety Eric Weddle on a fake punt on fourth-and-2 from the Chargers 28. The game ended when Kansas City couldn’t convert on fourth-and-15 from the San Diego 41 with 3:16 left.
With the Chargers on the verge of an embarrassing collapse against a team resting 20 of 22 starters, Philip Rivers threw a 6-yard touchdown pass to Eddie Royal early in the fourth quarter and Novak kicked a 22-yard field goal to tie it.
Kansas City kicker Ryan Succop was wide right on a potential game-winning, 41-yard field goal try with 4 seconds left in regulation.
SEATTLE (AP) — Malcolm Smith returned an interception 37 yards for a touchdown, Marshawn Lynch added a 2-yard scoring run and the Seattle Seahawks clinched the NFC West title and home-field advantage throughout the playoffs with a 27-9 win over the St. Louis Rams on Sunday.
Seattle (13-3) matched the franchise record for wins in a season and finally wrapped up the No. 1 seed after failing in two previous attempts, including last week’s loss to Arizona that snapped a 14-game home winning streak.
Smith’s interception was the start of a dominant performance by the Seahawks defense that held St. Louis under 100 yards of total offense into the fourth quarter.
The defensive effort and a lack of discipline from the Rams (7-9) helped Seattle’s offense do just enough. Russell Wilson threw a 47-yard TD pass to Golden Tate, and Lynch finished with 97 yards rushing.
Tennessee 16, Houston 10
Minnesota 14, Detroit 13
Carolina 21, Atlanta 20
Pittsburgh 20, Cleveland 7
N.Y. Giants 20, Washington 6
Cincinnati 34, Baltimore 17
Indianapolis 30, Jacksonville 10
N.Y. Jets 20, Miami 7
Denver 34, Oakland 14
San Francisco 23, Arizona 20
Green Bay 33, Chicago 28
New Orleans 42, Tampa Bay 17
New England 34, Buffalo 20
Philadelphia 24, Dallas 22
DALLAS (AP) — Kevin Shattenkirk scored a power-play goal 4:49 into overtime, giving the St. Louis Blues a 3-2 victory over the Dallas Stars yesterday. Jaden Schwartz had a goal in his fifth straight game and T.J. Oshie also scored for the Blues, who improved to 12-0-1 against Central Division opponents. Brian Elliott made 28 saves.