NFL: San Diego 27, Kansas City 24

Dec. 29, 2013 at 9:00 PM
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SAN DIEGO, Dec. 29 (UPI) -- Nick Novak booted a clutch field goal late in regulation and added another in overtime Sunday, lifting San Diego over Kansas City 27-24 and into the playoffs.

Novak's kick with 3:21 left in fourth quarter capped a Chargers rally from a late 24-14 deficit, forging a 24-24 deadlock.

After Kansas City's Ryan Succop missed a 41-yard try at the end of regulation that would have won it for the Chiefs, Novak connected on a 36-yard try 5:30 into the extra period.

San Diego (9-7) then held off the Chiefs' final push to wrap up the AFC's playoff sixth seed with a fifth straight win to end the regular season.

Philip Rivers threw three touchdowns, going 22-of-33 for 229 yards with an interception.

Ryan Mathews amassed 144 rushing yards on 24 carries.

The fifth-seeded Chiefs (11-5) didn't play many of their starters, including quarterback Alex Smith and leading rusher Jamaal Charles, but were surprisingly competitive.

Chase Daniel tossed for 200 yards and a touchdown on 21-of-30 efficiency in his first NFL start.

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