Neither team could generate much on offense in the second quarter after starting the frame with a couple of quick touchdowns.
The Chargers are finding ways to put consistent pressure on Patrick Mahomes, who has been held to 98 yards on 12 of 14 passing and a touchdown. Most of his passes, however, have been for short gains, with the Chargers forcing Kansas City into four punts.
Justin Herbert has fared a little better, completing 12 of 17 passes for 125 yards and a touchdown. Like Mahomes, though, he has struggled to find rhythm in the offense, with the Chargers punting on their last two possessions. Mike Williams has found ways to exploit the Chiefs’ secondary in the absence of Keenan Allen, catching six passes for 84 yards.
The Chargers were the better team in the first half, but they’ll need to continue to find ways to limit Mahomes to stay ahead in the second half.
Chargers center Corey Linsley, regarded as one of the best at his position in the league, is not on the field for the Chargers’ first drive of the second half — Will Clapp has replaced him.
🏈 Chargers 10, Chiefs 7 — Halftime