The Chiefs ran the same exact game-winning play vs. Chargers as last year


In the words of Yogi Berra, it was “déjà vu all over again” between the Kansas City Chiefs and Los Angeles Chargers — with Patrick Mahomes finding Travis Kelce for the game-winning touchdown for the second year in a row.

The Chargers probably should have known better, though, not just because they were beat by the same duo once again, but because they were beat on the same exact play.

Live On-Air
Ask Your Smart Speaker to Play Six Ten Sports Radio Kansas City
610 Sports Radio
Listen Now
Now Playing
Now Playing

Indeed, Kelce revealed to NBC Sports’ Peter King that the Chiefs ran the same play that they ran one year ago to beat the Chargers in a primetime matchup last season.

King confirmed that the play was the same, although with a slight variation.

Both were short crossing routes run by Kelce from the right side to the left with another receiver doing the same route on the opposite side but on Sunday, the opposite receiver (this year being Justin Watson) was put in motion pre-snap.

The other difference was this time Kelce had a direct path to the end zone while last year he cut back to the middle to evade a tackle before running back to the left side of the field for a 34-yard score.

Sunday night:

Dec. 16, 2021:

Below is the Next Gen Stats drawing of each play to demonstrate the similarities (note the images are labeled incorrectly and should be reversed):

The play completed a drive in which the Chiefs went 75 yards in 75 seconds. When King asked Kelce why they were so successful on that game-winning drive, the answer was simple:

“Patrick Mahomes,” Kelce said. “What the people don’t know is we had personnel issues on that series because of injuries we had during the game. Patrick’s the one with the keys to the car. He knows exactly where to go with the ball.”

LISTEN on the Audacy App
Sign Up and Follow Audacy Sports
Facebook | Twitter | Instagram

Featured Image Photo Credit: Getty Images