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Kansas City Chiefs vs. Los Angeles Chargers: 5 Most Memorable Moments in the Rivalry

The Chiefs lead the series with their longtime division rivals the Chargers, 66–58–1.
Kansas City Chiefs vs. Los Angeles Chargers

The Chiefs and Chargers have been in the same division for more than 60 years.

The Kansas City Chiefs and Los Angeles Chargers face off on "Sunday Night Football" with the former sitting atop the AFC while the latter is fighting to stay in playoff contention. These two teams have been in the same division since 1960. Here are the five greatest moments in their rivalry.

5. The Lone Playoff Meeting

San Diego Chargers 17, Kansas City Chiefs 0

Jan. 2, 1993 — San Diego

The Chiefs beat the Chargers twice in the regular season, but San Diego became the first team to start the season 0-4 and make the playoffs. In their lone playoff meeting in this rivalry, the Chargers dominated, never letting Kansas City past their 34-yard line.

4. Stephone Paige Sets Single-Game Receiving Yards Record

Kansas City Chiefs 38, San Diego Chargers 34

Dec. 22, 1985  Kansas City, Mo.

The Chiefs' Paige only started eight games in 1985 and had 634 yards going into the season finale with San Diego. In this matchup, he caught eight passes for an NFL-record 309 yards and two touchdowns, a 56-yard pass from Todd Blackledge and an 84-yard one from Bill Kenney. Kansas City led 38-13 in the fourth quarter before the Chargers scored 21 straight points. Flipper Anderson later broke Paige's record with 336 yards in 1989.

3. The NFL's First Overtime Punt Return for a Touchdown

Kansas City Chiefs 29, San Diego Chargers 23 (OT)

Oct. 9, 1995  Kansas City, Mo.

San Diego led 23-16 with a little over a minute left in this "Monday Night Football" matchup, but Kansas City quarterback Steve Bono hit tight end Derrick Walker in the end zone with 15 seconds left to send the game into overtime. The teams traded possessions and then San Diego punted to Tamarick Vanover, who returned it 86 yards for the first punt return for a touchdown in overtime in NFL history (1:30 in the below video).

2. Philip Rivers Keeps San Diego's Playoff Hopes Alive

San Diego Chargers 22, Kansas City Chiefs 21

Dec. 14, 2008  Kansas City, Mo.

The Chargers entered the game at 5-8 and had to win to keep their playoff hopes alive. However, the Chiefs led 21-3 in the fourth quarter. LaDainian Tomlinson scored on a six-yard touchdown run to cut the lead to 21-10 before Rivers threw a four-yard touchdown pass to Malcom Floyd with 1:19 left. San Diego then recovered the onside kick and Rivers hit Vincent Jackson with a 10-yard touchdown pass for the win (both two-point conversion attempts failed). The Chargers won the AFC West at 8-8.

1. San Diego Wins as Time Expires in Overtime

San Diego Chargers 29, Kansas City Chiefs 23 (OT)

Nov. 12, 1978  San Diego

The teams traded field goals in the final 90 seconds and were tied 23-23 at the end of regulation. Neither team could score in overtime, but San Diego drove to the Chiefs' 14-yard line. Quarterback Dan Fouts got confused by thinking the game clock was the play clock and took the snap as time was winding down. It didn't matter. He hit John Jefferson in the back of the end zone as time expired for the victory (2:40:00 in the below video).

— Written by Aaron Tallent, who is part of the Athlon Contributor Network. Tallent is a writer whose articles have appeared in The Sweet Science, FOX Sports' Outkick the Coverage, Liberty Island and The Washington Post. Follow him on Twitter at @AaronTallent.