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“You’ve got to be a pro about it. You’ve got to take advantage of your situation,” Johnson said. “We still control our destiny, meaning we should stay in our lane and worry about what we have to worry about and win the game we have to win; and that’s this week in St. Louis. Big game for us.

“We all know our situation regardless of win or lose by any other division opponent. If we win, we don’t have to worry about that. There’s not going to be any kind of wild-card team coming out of our division. We need to win our division.”

The Chiefs realized last week that it was a mistake to give Cassel an overwhelming majority of the practice snaps, and it showed when backup Brodie Croyle appeared unprepared when facing the Chargers.

After learning the hard way, the Chiefs could get Croyle more snaps so that they can avoid a similar situation.

“The most important thing from a coaching staff’s perspective is just to make sure you have everyone ready to go,” offensive coordinator Charlie Weis said. “We feel comfortable everyone is ready to go.”

“I did look at the rules of this — it’s pretty old,” Gov. Jay Nixon said Friday during a visit to Rams Park. “Technically, the Governor’s Cup is supposed to be given out, if there’s ever a contest between the two teams, before anything else happens after the game. So if and when these two teams would ever meet for the Lombardi Trophy, they’d have to wait for the Governor’s Cup (before presenting the Lombardi).”

However, playing on Wild Card Weekend is far from a Super Bowl death sentence. Since 2000, four Super Bowl winners and six Super Bowl participants have played in the first round, including a stretch of three straight seasons (2005, 2006 and 2007) where the Super Bowl champion didn’t have the benefit of a bye.

The 2005 Steelers, 2006 Indianapolis Colts and the, ugh, 2007 New York Giants all won it all without any idle time.

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