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Chargers catch a break: Chiefs deactivate their top players

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The San Diego Chargers just caught a huge break.

Faced with a must-win game against the Chiefs today, the Chargers found out that the Chiefs (who are locked into the No. 5 seed in the AFC) decided to rest their top players. The Chiefs have officially announced that quarterback Alex Smith, running back Jamaal Charles, receiver Dwayne Bowe, linebacker Tamba Hali, linebacker Derrick Johnson, offensive tackle Branden Albert and defensive tackle Dontari Poe are all inactive today.

The Chargers will go to the playoffs if they beat the Chiefs, and the Ravens and Dolphins both lose. The Ravens are currently tied with the Bengals, while the Dolphins trail the Jets. The Chargers can still be eliminated before kickoff, in which case the Chargers-Chiefs game would be meaningless for both teams. But at the moment the game is still very meaningful for the Chargers, and the Chiefs have just done San Diego a favor.

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36 Responses to “Chargers catch a break: Chiefs deactivate their top players”
  1. NotoriousKDV says: Dec 29, 2013 3:15 PM

    If David Stern was the NFL commish then he’d hit KC with a heavy fine and perhaps a loss of draft picks for resting that many top guys in a game that could still have playoff implications.

  2. orivar says: Dec 29, 2013 3:18 PM

    Not surprising. The Chiefs are hurting. Everybody is hurt around this time but the chiefs especially are hurting. The rest should help.

  3. auburnfan2013 says: Dec 29, 2013 3:19 PM

    Might as well get some semblance of a bye. If they lose, they will have been swept by two division rivals. And they also will have not beaten a good team all season. I can’t see the Chiefs winning a playoff game this year.

  4. pv1960 says: Dec 29, 2013 3:21 PM

    Fat Slob Reid is doing what he did in Philly. He never won the big one. Good luck KC. Soon Fatboy will start his gotta do a better job crap.

  5. ravenswhat says: Dec 29, 2013 3:27 PM

    And the ravens and fins losing in 4th. Unreal. Chargers will prob get that spot.

  6. briang123 says: Dec 29, 2013 3:28 PM

    We’ve seen this movie many times before and know how it ends. Sorry Chiefs fans. Signed, Philly fans

  7. thesmartest1 says: Dec 29, 2013 3:28 PM

    Ridiculous. This never works.

  8. csilojohnson says: Dec 29, 2013 3:30 PM

    Lame

  9. Pittsburgh Steelers says: Dec 29, 2013 3:37 PM

    The Steelers will make the playoffs. We’ve been trying to explain this to you fools, but you never grasp it.

  10. mf7krime says: Dec 29, 2013 3:38 PM

    Man the Chargers have some serious magic on their side right now. Last week they needed a million things to go right to stay alive and they got all of them. Today they need another million and every.single.one is coming true again.

    I can’t believe it.

  11. rgiv says: Dec 29, 2013 3:40 PM

    Where’s Madden, with his ‘integrity of the game’ comments he threw about when RG3 was benched?

  12. msclemons67 says: Dec 29, 2013 3:47 PM

    The Chargers pounded the Chiefs in KC. I’m not sure this matters. The Chiefs can’t beat playoff contenders.

  13. jmblosser82 says: Dec 29, 2013 3:48 PM

    I had my money on the jets losing and nailing the coffin on the steeler season.

  14. crisper57 says: Dec 29, 2013 3:48 PM

    Steeler fans are gonna be maaaaad…

  15. mmmulligan says: Dec 29, 2013 3:51 PM

    You can tell the Chiefs haven’t been in the playoffs for a while.

  16. joetoronto says: Dec 29, 2013 3:52 PM

    No integrity, but lot’s of girth.

  17. jswheeler says: Dec 29, 2013 3:57 PM

    and guess what game my city has us watching? crappy KC/SD game.

  18. ravensdominate says: Dec 29, 2013 3:57 PM

    Honestly, after 5 straight seasons of making the playoffs, my heart, and my nerves could use a break. Our Super Bowl victory will still hold me over to next season. Good luck AFC!!

  19. icanspeel says: Dec 29, 2013 4:03 PM

    To those saying it’s a bad move.. What would you say if any of them got hurt in a meaningless game?

  20. milliondollardream2 says: Dec 29, 2013 4:04 PM

    Resting your players is smart. If you think Reid is making the wrong move you must thing that the teams that have a first round bye are worse off?

    Chiefs are treating it like a bye. They don’t make the rules. Why would they risk an injury? Why wouldn’t you rest your players when EVERYONE is banged up at this time of the year? You would have to be a total idiot to play a guy like Charles who has said himself that he is not “fresh” like Kniles so he isn’t as explosive. Houston and Hali are both coming off major injuries.

    People that are crying are people that have their own agenda.

  21. Steeley McBeam says: Dec 29, 2013 4:05 PM

    Cowardly.

  22. chargersdiehard says: Dec 29, 2013 4:12 PM

    They are resting the same idiots we beat a couple weeks ago in their house!

  23. broncosnative says: Dec 29, 2013 4:13 PM

    Wow, the AFC west could have 3 teams in the playoffs, the ravens and dolphins laid an egg 2 straight weeks. Not to mention they have the easiest path at winning with the chiefs resting starters, what a turn of events. Philip rivers said after the win vs denver that they shouldn’t be in the situation they were in 3 weeks ago, now the destiny is on their side. Win and you’re in, lose and steelers are in. Chargers could be the dangerous team if they get in, they would be the hottest

  24. richwhitey says: Dec 29, 2013 4:16 PM

    Way to go KC, just give the final playoff spot to San Diego. Your momentum will be crushed. One and done in the playoffs.

  25. elliottcovert says: Dec 29, 2013 4:17 PM

    I’ve been thinking lately that out of the three teams realistically in the hunt for the last AFC wildcard spot, the Chargers are probably the ones most capable of actually doing some damage and making some noise in the playoffs.

    Now the Chargers look like a lock for 6th seed. Watch out 4th seed.

  26. classyjacklambert says: Dec 29, 2013 4:18 PM

    And Andy Reid has finally found a way to beat the Pittsburgh Steelers!… By throwing the game against the chargers…

  27. harrisonhits2 says: Dec 29, 2013 4:18 PM

    I think Reid got sick of hearing how great the other team in Pennsylvania is during his time in Philly. This is just a little present to Steelers nation to make sure they’ll be watching the playoffs and SB from their couches.

  28. qweststrike2008 says: Dec 29, 2013 4:20 PM

    AFC West, best division in football…

  29. hicksc14 says: Dec 29, 2013 4:23 PM

    Ask peyton manning how that worked for the colts in 2009. went 14-0. rested their starters and lost in the playoffs. Dungy took a lot of crap for it

  30. gergie1957 says: Dec 29, 2013 4:24 PM

    Good move on the Chefs part, the problem is they have played like their starters were deactivated against every team they played with a winning record this season.

  31. natelan69 says: Dec 29, 2013 4:26 PM

    GO CHARGERS!!!

    I slept through the early games ’cause I already knew our destiny (which is to make the playoffs, and then lose to Cinci or NE in the first round, unfortunately).

  32. tlcummins says: Dec 29, 2013 4:32 PM

    BWAAAA HAAAA HAAA. 5 play td drive with all back ups… lmmfao…….what happens if chiefs win all u nay sayers?

  33. escrimz says: Dec 29, 2013 4:36 PM

    I’ve been a Phillip Rivers fan and I hope he gets a chance in the playoffs since my Phins are just pathetic.

  34. guinsrule says: Dec 29, 2013 4:44 PM

    The wheels came off the KC bus weeks ago-quick out come playoff time…

  35. tlcummins says: Dec 29, 2013 5:46 PM

    Quick…anyone tell me the score. .my tv seems to be broke…its telling me chiefs are up with almost all back ups….thought it was a lock for chargers and reid was dumb?

  36. jbaxt says: Dec 29, 2013 6:04 PM

    LMAO, KC’s backups are showing the Chargers up. Not sure the steelers deserve it either though. I suppose someone has to be in the 6 spot though.

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