“It’s hard for me to go crazy about this because everybody on this team has played such a significant role,” coach Todd Haley said. “I’m happy some guys were recognized. I think all three of them deserve it.”
Jamaal Charles: Charles earns his first-career Pro Bowl invite after producing his second consecutive 1,000-yard season. He currently ranks second in the NFL’s rushing race, 56 yards behind Houston RB Arian Foster for the NFL’s rushing crown. Charles has also established career marks in the receiving game with 43 catches for 455 yards.
New England factor: If the Chiefs are No. 4, they will be poised to play at the top-seed Patriots in the divisional round. If the Chiefs are the No. 3 seed and they win in the first round, they’ll play at the No. 2 seed in the divisional round. That will be at either Pittsburgh or Baltimore. Plus, if things got crazy and the No. 1 and No. 2 seeds both lost in the divisional round, the No. 3 seed would be next up on the pecking order to host a title game.
“We’ve invested so much of our time and there’s been so much commitment starting from the day he took over. Not only this year,” Lechler said. “He had a plan. The plan is working. It would be a terrible disappointment if there was a change, because he’s the guy for this job.”