Chiefs vs. Chargers Key Match-ups

Until the Chargers game in Kansas City in November Dante Hall was struggling but when San Diego came to town, the Chiefs human joystick nearly scored twice against one the poorest coverage units in the NFL.

WR/KR Dante Hall, whose 49-yard kickoff return to the Raider 36 helped the Chiefs rally from a 30-28 deficit to a 31-30 win over Oakland in the final 63 seconds last week, was named AFC Special Teams Player of the Week for a second straight week. Hall returned the opening kickoff of the previous week's Denver game 97 yards for a TD in winning the previous week's honor.

TE Tony Gonzalez, who needs nine catches to break Ben Coates' single-season record for receptions by a tight end (96), has had eight or more receptions in five games this season. He tied a career high with 11 catches last week against Oakland. He was 8-105 against San Diego in November.

QB Trent Green, who currently has a 99.2 passer efficiency rating, will be vying to become only the seventh QB in NFL history to have a passer rating of 90-plus in three straight seasons. The others are Dan Fouts, Joe Montana, Steve Young, Brett Favre, Kurt Warner and Rich Gannon.

DE Jared Allen, who has had two sacks this season wiped out by illegal contact penalties against the Chiefs secondary, is only one sack short of Derrick Thomas' team rookie record (10).

GAME PLAN: - Whatever game plan the Chiefs set for early in the game will probably change late if the Chargers take out starters, as is anticipated in the final nothing-on-the-line game before the playoffs. Kansas City will try to attack the league's 29th-ranked pass defense all night.

Defensively, the Chiefs saw Drew Brees light them up for 378 yards and two TDs on 28-of-37 passing in the first meeting at Arrowhead in November. Brees could probably do it again if he played a whole game against Kansas City, but the Chiefs will probably see rookie QB Phillip Rivers in the second half.

Chiefs TE Tony Gonzalez vs. Chargers LB Donnie Edwards. Edwards has been as effective as anyone in limiting his Kansas City buddy. INJURY IMPACT:
RB Derrick Blaylock (questionable, knee) was running at close to full speed Wednesday, but he's on the doubtful side of questionable as the Chiefs remain anxious to see more of his replacement, Larry Johnson.

WR Johnnie Morton (doubtful, knee) will likely miss a third straight game against San Diego. Look for youngsters Chris Horn and Samie Parker to get considerable playing time in his absence.

S Jerome Woods (doubtful) will likely miss a sixth straight game with a knee injury that has taken longer to heal than the Chiefs thought necessary when Woods was injured Nov. 22 in New Orleans.

T Chris Bober could return to action following his absence from the past three games with a foot injury. Even if healthy, however, the Chiefs likely will keep second-year tackle Jordan Black at the starting right-side position.

WR Chris Horn (questionable, knee) did not practice Wednesday, repeating a pattern he followed when injured last week. He still played last week against Oakland and caught some key passes in the fourth quarter. Top Stories