Kansas hold off LA Chargers in Mexico NFL

Greg Beacham
Kansas City have beaten the Los Angeles Chargers 24-17 in their NFL showdown in Mexico City

Kansas City have stayed on top of the AFC West with a 24-17 NFL victory over the Los Angeles Chargers in Mexico City in front of more than 76,000 fans.

Daniel Sorensen picked off Philip Rivers' fourth interception at the goal-line with 18 seconds to play on Monday night at Azteca Stadium.

Patrick Mahomes passed for 182 yards and hit Travis Kelce for his only touchdown, while LeSean McCoy and Darrel Williams rushed for touchdowns as the Chiefs (7-4) hung on to win the fourth regular-season NFL game played in Mexico.

There were a few problems with Azteca's grass field and a one-sided first half favouring the Chargers (4-7), who racked up 312 yards without a touchdown.

After throwing his second interception of the season in the first half, Mahomes led two sharp scoring drives in the third quarter with help from Kelce, who caught seven passes for 92 yards.

The Chiefs held LA to eight points in the second half, and Sorensen grabbed Rivers' under-thrown pass to Austin Ekeler at the goal-line to secure the Chiefs' 10th win over the Chargers in 11 meetings.

Rivers passed for 353 yards during his first four-interception game since November 2016. Keenan Allen caught his first TD pass since week three in the third quarter, but the Chargers had three inept drives in the scoreless fourth quarter.

The Chargers' playoff hopes are all but dead after five losses in seven games.

Up next, the Chiefs have a bye followed by an important visit on December 1 by Oakland. The Chargers also have a bye before travelling to Denver on the same day to face the Broncos.