Chiefs Beat Chargers 19-7; Still Miss Playoffs Despite 9-7 Mark

The Chiefs postseason dreams ended Sunday, but in doing so they helped eliminate one of their rivals, topping the Chargers at home 19-7.

The win for the Chiefs ends their year 9-7, and it also ended the Chargers season 9-7, but knocked San Diego out of the playoffs. If the Chargers would have won, they would have taken home the 6th seed.

Instead, Baltimore, who beat Cleveland at home 20-10, is the 6th seed in the AFC playoff picture.

Justin Houston had four sacks for the Chiefs (9-7) to break Derrick Thomas’s franchise record with 22 in the season.

Cairo Santos kicked four field goals, and Chase Daniel played well enough in place of injured quarterback Alex Smith, throwing for 157 yards without an interception.

The Chiefs’ only touchdown came when wide receiver Dwayne Bowe fumbled inches shy of the goal line early in the second quarter. Tight end Travis Kelce recovered in the end zone.

Philip Rivers had 291 yards passing for the Chargers (9-7), going 4,000 yards in a season for the sixth time in his career. Branden Oliver ran for 71 yards and a touchdown.

It appeared for a while that an unexpected series of events just might allow Kansas City to sneak into the playoffs, similar to what happened on the final day of the 2006 season.

The Chiefs had already built a 19-3 lead on a cold day at Arrowhead Stadium. Cleveland was clinging to a 10-3 lead over Baltimore, and three-win Jacksonville led Houston 17-14.

If all three scores had held, the Chiefs would have claimed the final wild-card spot.

Instead, the Texans took the lead a few minutes later. So did the Ravens. And when both held on to spoil the Chiefs’ party, an inspired performance by their defense became moot.

Kansas City started the season 7-3, but limped to the finish amid an avalanche of injuries. The latest was to Smith, who lacerated his spleen in last week’s loss to Pittsburgh.

Chiefs vs Steelers NFL Week 16 Inactives

Chiefs: QB Aaron Murray, WR Donnie Avery, CB Marcus Cooper, RB Charcandrick West, C Eric Kush, OL Laurent Duvernay-Tardif, DL Nick Williams.

Steelers: TE Matt Spaeth, S Troy Polamalu, CB Ike Taylor, WR Justin Brown, G Chris Hubbard, QB Landry Jones, DE Clifton Geathers.

Chiefs vs Steelers Wednesday Injury Report

KANSAS CITY CHIEFS
Practice Report
Wednesday Practice Not Complete
PITTSBURGH STEELERS
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DID NOT PARTICIPATE IN PRACTICE
Wednesday CB William Gay (not injury related), DT Steve McLendon (not injury related), TE Heath Miller (not injury related), S Michael Mitchell (groin), S Troy Polamalu (knee), QB Ben Roethlisberger (not injury related), TE Matt Spaeth (elbow)
LIMITED PARTICIPATION IN PRACTICE
Wednesday C Maurkice Pouncey (ankle), CB Ivan Taylor (shoulder, forearm)
FULL PARTICIPATION IN PRACTICE
Wednesday T Marcus Gilbert (ankle), LB James Harrison (knee)

Raiders vs Chiefs NFL Week 15 Inactives

Raiders: QB Matt McGloin, WR Denarius Moore, LB Sio Moore, OL Tony Bergstrom, OL Menelik Watson, TE Brian Leonhardt, DT Stacy McGee.

Chiefs: QB Aaron Murray, WR Donnie Avery, CB Phillip Gaines, C Eric Kush, OL Laurent Duvernay-Tardif, TE Richard Gordon, DE Allen Bailey.

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Pete Prisco and Pat Kirwan preview the NFL Week 15 matchup between the Oakland Raiders and Kansas City Chiefs.

Raiders at Chiefs NFL Week 15 Game Capsule

OAKLAND RAIDERS (2-11) AT KANSAS CITY CHIEFS (7-6)

SERIES

RAIDERS CHIEFS
SERIES LEADER 55-51-2
STREAKS 4 of past 6  
COACHES VS. OPP. Sparano: 3-0 Reid: 3-3
LAST WEEK W 24-13 vs. 49ers L 17-14 at Cardinals
LAST GAME 11/20/14: Chiefs 20 at Raiders 24. Oakland RB Latavius Murray rushes for 112 yards on 4 carries (28.0 avg.) & 2 TDs, including 90-yarder. Raiders WR James Jones catches GW-TD.
LAST GAME AT SITE 10/13/13: Chiefs 24, Raiders 7. Kansas City RB Jamaal Charles totals 128 scrimmage yards (78 rushing, 50 receiving) with 2 rushing TDs. Chiefs S Husain Abdullah has 44-yard INT-TD.
BROADCAST CBS (12:00 PM CT): Spero Dedes, Solomon Wilcots. SIRIUS: 140 (Oak.), 117 (KC). XM: 232 (KC).

STATS

PASSING Carr (R): 286-473-2676-17-11-78.3
  1. Smith: 254-389-2657-16-6-92.2
RUSHING McFadden: 140-454-3.2-2 Charles: 172-898-5.2-9 (T1L)
RECEIVING
  1. Jones: 62-589-9.5-4
Kelce (TE): 51-688-13.5-4
OFFENSE 283.8 318.0
TAKE/GIVE -16 -5
DEFENSE 350.8 335.8
SACKS 4 tied: 3 Houston: 16 (T1L)
INTs Woodson: 3 4 tied: 1
PUNTING King: 45.4 Colquitt: 44.5
KICKING Janikowski: 62 (23/23 PAT; 13/15 FG) Santos (R): 81 (33/33 PAT; 16/18 FG)

NOTES

RAIDERS: QB DEREK CARR (Round 2, No. 36 overall) leads NFL rookies in passing yards (2,676) & TDs (17), both club rookie records. Posted 254 pass yards with 3 TDs vs. 0 INTs for career-high 140.2 passer rating last week…RB LATAVIUS MURRAY led team with 76 rush yards last week & has 188 in past 2. In past 4 vs. KC, RB DARREN

MC FADDEN has 403 scrimmage yards (305 rush, 98 rec.), incl. 2 100-yard rushing games…WR JAMES JONES leads team in catches (62) & rec. yards (589). TE MYCHAL RIVERA led team with career-high 109 rec. yards on 7 catches (tied for career-best) with TD last week vs. 49ers. Needs TD catch to eclipse career-high 4 in 2013…Rookie LB KHALIL MACK (No. 5 overall) had career-high 2 sacks last week & has 3 sacks in past 4. DT ANTONIO SMITH has 3 sacks in past 4, incl. 2 vs SF. S CHARLES WOODSON had 59th career INT last week, surpassing HOFer EMMITT THOMAS (58) for No. 11 all-time. DE BENSON MAYOWA posted 1st career sack last week…CHIEFS: In past 11, QB ALEX SMITH has 2,200 pass yards & 15 TDs vs. 3 INTs with 99.3 rating, incl. 4 games with 100+ rating. Smith’s teams are 21-1-1 (.934) when he starts & has 100+ rating. Passed for 293 yards last week & reached 20,000 career (20,250)…In past 3 meetings, RB JAMAAL CHARLES has 465 scrimmage yards (178 rush, 287 rec.) & 8 total TDs (3 rush, 5 rec.). Has 14 TDs in past 10 overall (9 rush, 5 rec.). Averages 5.5 yards/att. for career, highest of any NFL RB in history (min. 750 att.)…WR DWAYNE BOWE has 6,999 career rec. yards & needs 1 to join TONY GONZALEZ (10,940) & OTIS TAYLOR (7,306) as only Chiefs to reach 7,000 career. TE TRAVIS KELCE led team with career-high 110 rec. yards on 7 catches last week. Ranks 3rd among AFC TEs with 688 rec. yards & needs 12 to join Gonzalez & WALTER WHITE as only Chiefs TEs with 700-yard receiving season…LB JUSTIN HOUSTON has 14 sacks & 3 FF in past 11. Tied for NFL lead in sacks (16) & joins HOFer DERRICK THOMAS, JARED ALLEN & NEIL SMITH as only KC players with 15+ sacks in season.

Raiders vs Chiefs Wednesday Injury Report

OAKLAND RAIDERS
Practice Report
Wednesday Practice Not Complete
KANSAS CITY CHIEFS
Practice Report
DID NOT PARTICIPATE IN PRACTICE
Wednesday DE Allen Bailey (concussion), RB Jamaal Charles (knee, ankle), TE Anthony Fasano (knee), LB Tamba Hali (knee)
LIMITED PARTICIPATION IN PRACTICE
Wednesday WR Donnie Avery (groin), CB Phillip Gaines (concussion), LB Joe Mays (knee)
FULL PARTICIPATION IN PRACTICE
Wednesday S Husain Abdullah (foot), WR Junior Hemingway (concussion), LB James-Michael Johnson (back, knee), CB Christopher Owens (knee), CB Sean Smith (groin)

Chiefs Playoffs Hopes Take Huge Hit in 17-14 Loss To Cardinals

The Chiefs couldn’t stop an unknown running back Sunday, and because of it they may have just played themselves out of the playoff race in the AFC.

Despite two TD’s from Jammal Charles, the Chiefs couldn’t hold Cardinals back Kerwynn Williams in check, and lost in Arizona 17-14 in a game they had to have.

Williams, a seventh-round draft pick of Indianapolis in 2013, revved up what has been a sluggish Arizona running game.

He carried 19 times, averaging 5.3 yards per carry. The Cardinals had rushed for 99 yards in the last two games combined. They got 141 on Sunday.

He outgained Chiefs back Charles, who had a 63-yard touchdown on Kansas City’s third play from scrimmage. He went to the locker room after turning his ankle in the second quarter, but returned quickly to turn a short catch into an 18-yard touchdown that put the Chiefs up 14-6 at halftime.

The Chiefs (7-6) were one of the NFL’s hottest teams just a few weeks ago on the heels of a five-game winning streak. A tough-to-take loss to winless Oakland set Kansas City back and last week’s loss to Denver knocked the Chiefs out of the AFC West race, clinging to wild-card hopes.

The Chiefs defense held its ground against Arizona in the first half, holding Arizona to a pair of field goals by Chandler Catanzaro, who also sent a 36-yarder off the upright to close out the first half.

After struggling early, Cards QB Drew Stanton started to find a rhythm late in the third quarter.

He hit Michael Floyd on a 45-yard pass to set up Catanzaro’s third field goal, then found Jaron Brown for a 26-yard touchdown that put Arizona up 17-14 in the fourth quarter.

Worse for the Chiefs on the Brown touchdown was what came right before. Tight end Anthony Fasano hauled in what appeared to be a 19-yard touchdown, but was called for offensive pass interference.

On the next play, Alex Smith threw a wobbly pass that Alex Okafor intercepted and returned 26 yards to Kansas City’s 42-yard line.

“Quite a swing on two plays,” said Smith, who threw for 293 yards and a touchdown on 26-of-39 passing.

Kansas City crossed midfield late in the fourth quarter, only to turn it over again, this time on a disputed play.

Chiefs tight end Travis Kelce was originally credited with a 19-yard catch, but the officials ruled after review that he fumbled after being stripped by Deone Bucannon and Arizona’s Justin Bethel recovered.

“Shocked. Either way it is a huge play in the game,” Kelce said. “It is my job to not even give doubt or put my team in that position.”

Catanzaro missed a 39-yard field goal on the ensuing drive to give the Chiefs a final chance, but they turned it over on downs to put the playoffs that much further away.

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