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“We should have come through for Brodie,” running back Jamaal Charles said. “Things just got out of control.

“It wasn’t even about Matt. Some people have to step up, step their game up. It’s football, and guys didn’t step up. I didn’t step up. We didn’t step up as a team on offense.”

Guard Brian Waters said, “We didn’t do what we needed to do as a football team to make his job easier.”

If the Chiefs had won at San Diego, they would have all but wrapped up their first division title since 2003 with a three-game lead with three games remaining. Now they have the Chargers, who are known for their December charges, looming just a game back. If the two would tie for first, the Chargers would likely own most of the tiebreakers after the two teams split the two games during the regular season.

In a matter of minutes, the Packers went from a true playoff contender to a team that couldn’t beat the Detroit Lions with backup Matt Flynn under center. With Aaron Rodgers out of the game due to a concussion, the Packers generated one field goal in the loss to Detroit.

The Chiefs lost their starter, Matt Cassel, to an appendectomy and lost their offense under Brodie Croyle. Kansas City still leads the AFC West, but couldn’t score a point against the Chargers. Croyle threw for 40 yards in 17 attempts, and the team was 0-for-11 in third-down conversions.

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