Chiefs lose again, Packers miss chance in rare tie

Sun Nov 24, 2013 8:54pm EST
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By Julian Linden

EAST RUTHERFORD, New Jersey (Reuters) - The Kansas City Chiefs suffered their second straight loss of the season on Sunday on a wild day of upsets, which included a rare tie, in the National Football League.

Just a week after their nine-game unbeaten start came to a shuddering halt, the Chiefs gave up a last-minute touchdown in a 41-38 defeat to the San Diego Chargers to slip to 9-2.

Kansas City snatched the lead with 1 minute 22 seconds left on the clock when wide receiver Dwayne Bowe scored, only for San Diego to steal the win when Seyi Ajirotutu scored on a 26-yard pass from Philip Rivers with 24 seconds to play.

Despite the loss, the Chiefs, easily the most improved team this season, remain on course to make the playoffs. With five games left in the regular season, they lead the AFC wildcard race by four games, with six teams, including San Diego, tied at 5-6 for the second wildcard berth.

"There's a whole lot of things we can learn from and that's what we're going to do," Chiefs head coach Andy Reid said.

The Green Bay Packers missed a golden opportunity to join the Detroit Lions and the Chicago Bears at the top of the NFC North when they were held to a 26-26 tie by the Minnesota Vikings.

The Packers (5-5-1) looked set to end their three-game losing streak since star quarterback Aaron Rodgers was sidelined with a broken collarbone when they overturned a 23-7 deficit to force overtime and Mason Crosby kicked a 20-yard field goal to go ahead.

But the Vikings (2-8-1) leveled the score with Blair Walsh's 35-yard field goal as the game finished in a tie, only the fourth in the NFL since the turn of the century.   Continued...

Nov 24, 2013; Kansas City, MO, USA; San Diego Chargers running back Ryan Mathews (24) scores a touchdown during the second half of the game against the Kansas City Chiefs at Arrowhead Stadium. The Chargers won 41-38. Mandatory Credit: Denny Medley-USA TODAY Sports