Upon Further Review: 10 Quick Facts Following Monday Night’s Victory Over Los Angeles

The Kansas City Chiefs won a thriller on Monday night, outlasting the Los Angeles Chargers to head into the bye week with a victory.

Here are 10 quick notes from the game.

1. The Chiefs continued to dominate the AFC West

Kansas City is 24-3 against divisional foes since 2015, marking the most victories for any team against their division in that span. New England is the next closest on that list with a 23-5 record against the AFC East in that same timeframe.

The Chiefs are averaging 28.9 points-per-game in those contests while forcing 60 turnovers, the most of any team vs. their own division.

2. Kansas City picked off Chargers’ quarterback Philip Rivers four times

The Chiefs took the ball away early and often on Monday, intercepting Rivers four times. It marked Kansas City’s first performance with four or more picks since Week 5 of last season against the Jacksonville Jaguars.

Additionally, no player has thrown more interceptions against a single opponent since 2014 than Rivers has against Kansas City (20).

3. Safety Daniel Sorensen made the game-sealing pick in the final seconds of regulation

Sorensen picked a good time for his first interception of the year, plucking Rivers’ pass out of midair near the end zone with just 24 seconds left. It was Sorensen’s first interception since Week 17 against Oakland last season and the sixth pick of his career.

4. Defensive tackle Derrick Nnadi picked off the first pass of his young career

Defensive linemen don’t often find the ball in their hands, but that very situation became a reality for Nnadi after defensive end Frank Clark stripped the ball free from Rivers, propelling it into the second-year defensive tackle’s arms.

It was Nnadi’s first interception of his professional or college career.

5. Safety Tyrann Mathieu recorded his second interception of the year

The Honey Badger came sprinting across the field to pick off Rivers midway through the first half, marking his second pick of the season.

Mathieu’s 35-yard return following the pick was the longest of his career, and it set up a touchdown by tailback LeSean McCoy just a snap later.

6. Rookie cornerback Rashad Fenton made perhaps the biggest play of his brief career

The sixth-round pick out of South Carolina intercepted Rivers with just over four minutes left in regulation to help preserve the Chiefs’ seven-point lead.

It was the first interception of Fenton’s career, and it came in a huge moment.

7. Frank Clark put together a really strong game

Clark recorded three quarterback hits, a sack, a forced fumble and a pass defensed on Monday while also directly causing Nnadi’s interception.

The veteran defensive end sacked Rivers on third down late in the game to protect the Chiefs lead before stuffing tailback Austin Ekeler on third down a series later.

8. Quarterback Patrick Mahomes amassed a career-best day on the ground

Mahomes scrambled for 59 yards on Monday night, setting a career-high. He tallied the bulk of that production on three third-down runs, evading the Chargers’ vaunted pass-rush to move the chains with his legs on rushes of 24, 20 and 15 yards.

The reigning league MVP has a reputation for what he can do with his arm, but he kept Los Angeles honest with his running ability on Monday night.

9. Tight end Travis Kelce made some history

Kelce hauled in seven catches for 92 yards on Monday, compiling his second-best statistical performance of the season. The All-Pro tight end is one of just six players to have at least seven catches in six or more games this year.

Those numbers have piled up, too, helping Kelce make some history. The 30-year-old tight end surpassed the 6,000-yard mark for his career on Monday night, and at just 91 games, he’s the second-fastest tight end in NFL history to do so, trailing only Rob Gronkowski.

Additionally, Kelce is the fastest tight end in league history to record 6,000 yards and 450 receptions.

10. LeSean McCoy recorded a career milestone

McCoy rushed for 29 yards in the contest, moving past the 11,000-yard rushing mark for his career. The 11-year veteran is one of just 22 players in NFL history to reach that mark.

The elusive McCoy finished Monday’s game with 57 total yards and a score.

The Chiefs will now head into the bye week at 7-4 with a big matchup against the Oakland Raiders looming at Arrowhead Stadium on December 1.

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