Needing only a win to get in the postseason, the Chargers were unable to mount any sort of offense in a 19-7 loss to the Kansas City Chiefs on Sunday.
it means they will miss the playoffs as they finish with a 9-7 record.
The Bolts had plenty of opportunities to get back in the game. They had a first-and-goal inside the Chiefs 5 midway through the fourth quarter, but were unable to score. Then they were stopped on fourth-and-1 on their next possession in Chiefs territory.
Branden Oliver scored the lone Chargers touchdown, a 1-yard run set up by Eddie Royal's 44-yard reception from Philip Rivers in the second quarter.
Oliver led the team with 71 yards on 14 carries. Royal had four catches for 95 yards.
Rivers completed 20 of 33 passes for 291 yards and a pair of interception, including one in the end zone on the last play of the game.
The loss, coupled with a Baltimore win over the Cleveland Browns, means the Ravens claim the final playoff spot in the AFC.
Tight end Travis Kelce had 84 receiving yards and a touchdown for the Chiefs (9-7), who needed a win and losses from the Ravens and Houston Texans to get in the postseason.