By Mark Maske November 19, 2019 at 10:57 a.m. GMT+8
The Chiefs and the Chargers meet at Estadio Azteca on Monday night. Follow our live updates here.
Halftime in Mexico City: Chiefs quarterback Patrick Mahomes has struggled thus far in his second game back in the lineup since missing two games with a dislocated right kneecap. He threw an interception and completed only eight of 15 first-half passes for 63 yards against the Chargers. But the Chiefs lead, 10-9, because of Chargers’ mistakes. Chargers quarterback Philip Rivers threw two interceptions and kicker Michael Badgley missed a field goal attempt. That tilted the half in the Chiefs’ favor even while the Chargers dominated, amassing 312 yards of total offense to 109 for the Chiefs. The Chargers scored only on a trio of field goals by Badgley, including a 49-yarder as time expired in the half. One of Rivers’s interceptions, by Chiefs safety Tyrann Mathieu, set up Kansas City’s touchdown, scored on a six-yard run by tailback LeSean McCoy. The Chiefs potentially lost one of their key offensive players when wide receiver Tyreek Hill limped off the field holding his right hamstring. There appeared to be some issues with the playing surface during the first half, with players slipping and taking chunks out of the turf. (Chiefs 10, Chargers 9 at halftime)
Chiefs get FG: Kansas City increased its lead with a 41-yard field goal by kicker Harrison Butker. The Chiefs finally got things moving on offense, just a little bit. Patrick Mahomes made a nice touch throw for a 31-yard completion to tight end Travis Kelce along the left sideline. It was Kelce’s first catch of the night. (Chiefs 10, Chargers 6 with 1:43 left in the 2nd quarter)
Another FG for L.A.: The Chargers continue to move the ball virtually at will but can’t get into the end zone. Kicker Michael Badgley’s 26-yard field goal got them to within a point. The Chargers have 248 yards of total offense to 62 for the Chiefs, yet trail. (Chiefs 7, Chargers 6 with 5:01 left in the 2nd quarter)
Chiefs get TD off Rivers pick: Patrick Mahomes and the Chiefs have done very little on offense thus far, but Kansas City has the lead after turning an interception of a Philip Rivers pass into a touchdown. Tailback LeSean McCoy scored on a six-yard run for the Chiefs on the play after safety Tyrann Mathieu stepped in front of a Rivers pass over the middle, made the interception and provided a 35-yard return. It was Rivers’s second interception of the night and fifth in the Chargers’ past two games. (Chiefs 7, Chargers 3 with 8:45 left in the second quarter)
Mahomes struggling: Patrick Mahomes has made the game look easy early in his NFL career, but he has struggled in the early going of this game. He has completed only three of nine passes for 24 yards so far, with an interception. He has a passer rating of 2.8. The Chiefs have a turnover and two punts in three possessions and are without speedy wide receiver Tyreek Hill, who left the field holding his right hamstring. Tight end Travis Kelce doesn’t have a catch yet. (Chargers 3, Chiefs 0 with 11:33 left in the 2nd quarter)
Rivers commits turnover: The Chargers had another good drive going when Philip Rivers committed a costly turnover. Kansas City’s Frank Clark poked the football from Rivers’s hand as Rivers stood in the pocket readying to make a throw. The ball went straight to Chiefs defensive tackle Derrick Nnadi for what was ruled an interception. The Chargers had gotten a first down at the Kansas City 26-yard line on a 30-yard catch and run by wide receiver Keenan Allen on the opening play of the second quarter. L.A. is dominating the game so far but has only three points. (Chargers 3, Chiefs 0 with 13:29 left in the 2nd quarter)
Mahomes throws pick: The bad start for the Chiefs continued as Patrick Mahomes threw a second-drive interception to Chargers safety Rayshawn Jenkins. Mahomes’s throw was aimed at wide receiver Demarcus Robinson. But Jenkins cut in front of Robinson and made a nice grab. It was only the second interception thrown this season by Mahomes, who has 18 touchdown passes. (Chargers 3, Chiefs 0 with 2:10 left in the 1st quarter)
Chargers miss FG: Chargers kicker Michael Badgley missed a field goal attempt on the second drive of the night for L.A., sending the kick wide right from 40 yards. Badgley seemed to take a chunk out of the turf on the kick, raising the possibility that there are more issues with the field conditions. Earlier, tight end Hunter Henry slipped and fell on a catch on the Chargers’ opening play. (Chargers 3, Chiefs 0 with 4:37 left in the 1st quarter)
Hill limps off: Chiefs speedster Tyreek Hill limped off the field, holding his right hamstring, after Kansas City’s opening drive. That makes for a bad start to the game for the Chiefs, who ended the possession by punting. Patrick Mahomes did show off how far he can launch the ball in the high altitude at Estadio Azteca. He threw a deep incompletion 63.5 yards in the air, according to the ESPN telecast, which also showed Mahomes throwing a pass 70 yards during pregame warm-ups. The game is being played more than 7,200 feet above sea level. (Chargers 3, Chiefs 0 with 7:38 left in the 1st quarter)
Chargers get FG: The Chargers had a good opening drive but had to settle for a field goal as kicker Michael Badgley connected from 27 yards. Philip Rivers was sharp from the outset, completing all four of his passes on the drive. (Chargers 3, Chiefs 0 with 9:31 left in the 1st quarter)
The NFL makes another attempt to play a game in Mexico City as the Kansas City Chiefs and Los Angeles Chargers meet at Estadio Azteca on “Monday Night Football.”
Last season’s Chiefs-Rams game was scheduled to be played in Mexico City but was moved to the Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum, the Rams’ home field, because the condition of the playing surface at Estadio Azteca raised player-safety concerns. The relocated game in L.A. ended up being the most memorable contest of the 2018 regular season, as the Rams beat the Chiefs, 54-51, in the first-ever NFL game in which each team had 50 or more points. It was a sign of the times in one of the most passing-friendly seasons in league history.
The NFL makes its return to Mexico City at a time when the league is putting a particular emphasis on international games. The NFL and NFL Players Association are negotiating a new collective bargaining agreement, and there are burgeoning hopes that the deal could be completed in the coming months with a 17-game regular season as part of the pact. If so, that possibly would leave each NFL team playing one international game per year in future seasons. So clearly, the NFL hopes to be able to stage an entertaining and glitch-free game Monday night.
Chiefs vs. Chargers
When: Monday at 8:15 p.m. Eastern
Where: Estadio Azteca in Mexico City
Streaming: Yahoo Sports, fuboTV
For the Chiefs, it is their second game with quarterback Patrick Mahomes back in the lineup since he missed two games due to a dislocated right kneecap. He threw for 446 yards and four touchdowns in his return eight days ago at Tennessee. But that still wasn’t enough as the Chiefs lost to the Titans, 35-32. They’ll need to play better, particularly on defense, against the Chargers. The Chiefs, with a record of 6-4, need to win to remain ahead of the Oakland Raiders for first place in the AFC West.
The Chargers are technically the home team Monday. That gives them a home-away-from-home game during a season in which their lack of fan support is L.A. has remained an issue and the team and league were left denying a report that the franchise possibly could be relocated to London.
It has been a disappointing season for the Chargers, who have a record of 4-6 after reaching the AFC playoffs last season. They haven’t played since losing at Oakland 11 days ago in a Thursday night game. The Chargers hope for a mistake-free performance by quarterback Philip Rivers, who has thrown 10 interceptions to go with 14 touchdown passes on the season.