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Chiefs Aid Chargers' Playoff Push, Lose 24-27 in OT

The Kansas Chiefs were defeated by the San Diego Chargers 24-27 in overtime to close out the 2013 regular season.

Kansas City finishes the year at 11-5, ranked second in the AFC West. The Chiefs did have the fifth playoff seed in the AFC locked up heading into this matchup, so this was a game that didn’t mean anything. With that said, you always want to head into the playoffs with positive momentum, but Kansas City has lost its past two games and five of its last seven.

Chase Daniel got the start for Kansas City in a game where many of the Chiefs’ key starters didn’t see action. In fact, 20-of-22 starters rested against San Diego.

Daniel went 21-of-30 for 200 yards and one touchdown. He was also sacked twice for negative 11 yards.

Knile Davis, Jamaal Charles’ backup, led the way for Kansas City with 81 yards, and he punched in for two touchdowns. Daniel was second on the team in rushing with 59 yards off seven carries.

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Dexter McCluster caught Kansas City’s lone offense receiving touchdown and he led the team with six receptions for 62 yards. A.J. Jenkins added three receptions for 67 yards.

San Diego put up 405 yards offensively off a 229-yard three touchdown, one interception performance from quarterback Philip Rivers. Running back Ryan Matthews rushed for 144 yards off 24 carries, and rookie receiver Keenan Allen led the team in receiving yards with 89. Eddie Royal, Antonio Gates and Ladarius Green all caught touchdowns for San Diego.

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Chargers’ kicker Nick Novak went 2-for-2 on field goals, including the game-winner in overtime. Chiefs’ kicker Ryan Succop went 1-of-2, missing the potential game-winner from 41-yards out with four seconds left in the game.

With the win, the Chargers were able to secure the No. 6 seed in the AFC and will head to Cincinnati for Wildcard weekend.

The Chiefs will head to Indianapolis to play the Colts. Indy beat Kansas City 23-7 in Week 16 at Arrowhead.

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Tags: Alex Smith Dexter McCluster Jamaal Charles Kansas City Chiefs Knile Davis Nick Novak Philip Rivers Ryan Matthews

  • Jonathan Moomey

    Im calling conspiracy… Reid is an evil genius. We had nothing to gain with a win. I would almost bet my left kidney he told Succop to miss that FG. First off, Succop makes that kick in his sleep. Also, when have you ever seen a coach NOT have the RB center the ball on the play right before a big kick? Succop nor Reid looked all that upset following the miss. Add in the fact that Reid didn’t go bonkers demanding a review on the most blatant bad call of the season in OT on the fake punt…
    Now why would Reid allow Cry Baby Rivers and the dolts in? A couple of reasons. They have a better chance at knocking off Cincy than the Steelers. Thus, they would get a direct connect to Denver after. SD has played Denver tough twice and could potentially pull the upset. In which case, if we could take care of Indy and a NE team that isn’t the same without Gronk (much better than facing Denver again I think), we could POTENTIALLY see SD again in the AFC championship game and we KNOW we could beat them (with second string if necessary).
    I may be grasping at straws here, but this makes sense in the madness of my head and makes me feel slightly better…

    • Jason Seibel

      I believe this theory. I also believe in the shooter on the grassy knoll and that the moon landing was done in a Hollywood studio, so what does that say about me?

      • Davé

        moon landing was a hoax for sure. How come nobody has ever been able to return and bounce around on the moon when technology is so far ahead of where it was then?

        • micah stephenson

          We can return to the moon at anytime but scientists feel like they haved learned everything they gon learn about the moon already.

      • sidibeke

        It simply says you are an open minded skeptic. Or a lunatic….Or both.

    • Davé

      I kind of feel you. After the Succop miss Andy had a crazy kind of smirk on his face. He honestly did not give one crap about the miss.

      • Larry Devore

        Flag should have been thrown on the play. Listened to report on NBC after the Eagles game. Chargers had too many men lined up one one side of thew line.

      • mattU

        Reid definitely had a smirk on his face after the miss…Almost as if he was hoping for it.

    • Alter Ego

      Ha Ha. That was fabulous!

    • mattU

      I don’t buy the better chance of San Diego winning in Cinci argument. Pittsburgh just beat Cinci by 10 a couple weeks back so it’s not like they can’t match up with them.

      Pittsburgh is a division rival who has owned Cinci in every meaningful game the two have played each-other in over the past 15 years…They would also be more prepared than San Diego for what is forecast to be a rain/snow event on Sunday. Add to it that Cinci has been absolutely horrible at home against Pittsburgh over the past 10+ years (they are just 2-10 against Pittsburgh at home since 2002), and I don’t see how San Diego has a better chance of beating them.

  • tm1946

    Not sure what we saw today. Was SD choking their way to the playoffs? If Andy and his coaches such genius’ they can compete against a must win team with backups and cannot beat anyone the last half with first stringers?
    Well we are going to Indy, Not a bad option all things considered, still the playoffs are full of team that beat us. Going to need our A game.

    • Larry Devore

      What we saw was KC being screwed over the the officiating crew. They blew 2 crucial calls today. One on Succop’s missed FG and the second in OT.

      • Ed

        Larry, I agree but I also blame Special Teams.

  • Ed

    We should have rested the Special Team coach. He or his staff or the players on the field could not count 7 players? Hey I was screaming on the foul before the kick. Ok, game ment nothing, really, ask those players that played their heart.