Chargers Have Nothing to Play for on Sunday

The Chargers have locked up the AFC West and the fourth seed in the AFC playoffs set to start a week from Saturday. The Kansas City Chiefs head to town hoping to climb back to .500 and end the season on a five game winning streak.

The San Diego Chargers, 11-4 after tying for the fewest victories in the league last year (4-12), have won their first division title since 1994, the season they went to Super Bowl XXIX. They lost last week for the first time in nine games when they were edged in overtime by Indianapolis 34-31.

San Diego, the No. 4 AFC seed, cannot improve its playoff position this week when it hosts Kansas City, but can win 12 games for the third time in club history.

For the third time since 2000, two teams – Atlanta and San Diego -- went from "worst to first" in their divisions, finishing last a year ago and first in 2004.

The Bills can accomplish what only one other team in history has. They can join the 1992 San Diego Chargers as the lone teams in history to start the season 0-4 and make the playoffs.

"Kansas City is playing very well right now," says Chargers quarterback Drew Brees. "Even though they're not playing for a playoff spot, I expect them to come here and play very well and try to end their season on a high note, just like we want to go into the playoffs on a high note."

KANSAS CITY CHIEFS (7-8) AT SAN DIEGO CHARGERS (11-4)
SERIES

  CHIEFS CHARGERS
LEADER 47-40-1  
STREAKS 3 of past 4  
COACHES VS. OPP. Vermeil: 5-3 Schottenheimer: 4-4
LAST WEEK W 31-30 vs. Raiders L 34-31 at Colts
LAST GAME 11/28/04: Chargers 34 at Chiefs 31. Chargers QB Drew Brees throws for 378 yards & 2 TDs as Chargers' offense totals 498 yards.
LAST GAME AT SITE 9/7/03: Kansas City 27, San Diego 14. Chiefs RB Priest Holmes has 183 all-purpose yards and 2 1st quarter TDs en route to divisional victory in Week 1.
BROADCAST CBS (1:15 PM PT): Ian Eagle, Solomon Wilcots, Scott Kaplan (Field reporter).

STATS

PASSING Green: 336-503-4,218 (2C)-26 (T3C)-13-99.2 (3C) Brees: 262-400-3,159-27-7-104.8 (2C)
RUSHING Johnson: 103-535-5.2-8 Tomlinson: 339-1,335-3.9-17 (1C)
RECEIVING Gonzalez (TE): 88 (3C)-1,114-12.7-7 Gates (TE): 81-964-11.9-13 (2C)
OFFENSE 416.8 (2C) 345.9
TAKE/GIVE -4 +13 (3C)
DEFENSE 378.9 327.8
SACKS Allen (R): 9.0 Phillips (R): 4.0
INTs Warfield: 4 Edwards: 5
PUNTING Murphy: 44.4 Scifres 43.4
KICKING Tynes: 104 (56/58 PAT; 16/21 FG) Kaeding (R): 108 (51/52 PAT; 19/24 FG)

NOTES

CHARGERS: Club has clinched No. 4 seed in AFC Playoffs. Head coach Marty Schottenheimer was the KC head coach from 1989-98. Had 101-58-1 (.634) record & led franchise to 7 playoff berths. In last meeting Drew Brees completed 28 of 37 for career-high 378 yds w/2 TDs vs. 0 INTs for 125.7 passer rating. Brees has been sacked more than twice in 1 game this season.

LaDainian Tomlinson has 18 TDs on the season, 2nd-most in NFL (Shaun Alexander, Sea., 19). Tomlinson (12) needs TD to tie NFL record of TD scored in 13 games in row (John Riggins, Wash., 1982-83; George Rogers, Wash., 1985-86). Tomlinson needs 224 total scrimmage yds to reach 2,000 in 3rd season in row & He has scored TD in 21 of past 22 games.

Antonio Gates has 13 TD catches, most by TE in league history. Eric parker has two 100-yard games in the past three & He also has multiple catches in 9 consecutive games.

Donnie Edwards has four INTs in the past three games. Steve Foley leads all NFL linebackers with 10.0 sacks.

CHIEFS: Team has scored 30+ points in 5 consecutive games for longest streak in franchise history. Offense has club-record 6,252 total yards & has reached 300+ total yards in team-record 14 games in 2004.

Trent Green (4,218 & 336) needs 131 pass yds & 11 completions to set seasonal club-record in both categories (Bill Kenney, 1983: 4,348 & 346).

Larry Johnson has two rush TDs in three consecutive games. In the past five games, Johnson is averaging 5.4 yards per carry on 92 rushes with eight rushing TDs. Johnson has runs of 30+ yards in three of the past four games.

Last week, Tony Gonzalez tied his single-game career-best 11 receptions. Gonzalez (88) needs six catches to surpass own club record for most in season (93, 2000). Gonzalez (1,114) is one of five TEs in NFL history wtih multiple 1,000-yd seasons, joining Todd Christensen, HOFer Ozzie Newsome, Shannon Sharpe, & HOFer Kellen Winslow. Gonzalez stands 4th in NFL receptions & can become 1st TE to lead league in catches since Christensen in 1986. Eddie Kennison (6) ties for AFC lead in 40+ yd receptions.

Dante Hall leads AFC in KR attempts (63) & is 2nd in AFC in KR avg. (25.9)


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