Jan 04, 2021 3:09 AM

Herbert scores four touchdowns, Chargers beat mostly Chiefs backups

Posted Jan 04, 2021 3:09 AM

KANSAS CITY, MO -Rookie quarterback Justin Herbert threw for 302 yards and accounted for four touchdowns against a team of mostly Kansas City backups, as the Los Angeles Chargers rolled to a 38-21 victory over the Chiefs on Sunday at Arrowhead Stadium in the regular-season finale for both teams.

Kansas City (14-2) turned their attention to the postseason, and Los Angeles will now focus on the future of head coach Anthony Lynn.

The Chiefs already had wrapped up the No. 1 seed and the AFC’s lone first-round bye in the playoffs, so coach Andy Reid chose to take rest over reps by sitting quarterback Patrick Mahomes, safety Tyrann Mathieu and several of his best players., including receivers Tyreek Hill and Sammy Watkins.

Kansas City QB Chad Henne made his first start in a Chiefs uniform in Sunday’s game, marking his first start in the NFL since 2014. Henne completed 23-of-32 passes for 218 yards and two passing touchdowns - good for a 111.2 passer rating.

Running back Darwin Thompson scored his first touchdown of the season on a one-yard run in the second quarter Sunday, and followed that with an eight-yard touchdown reception in the fourth quarter. That marked the first multi-touchdown game of Thompson's career.

Kansas City has home field advantage in the playoffs for the second time in three seasons.