Andy Reid took the field in San Diego on Sunday with a plan, after suffering losses in four of the last six weeks, including a 41-38 home loss to the Chargers back on Nov. 24.
That plan wasn’t within the playbook, he made that very clear Sunday morning. Reid put arguably the most talent inactive list up before kickoff, sitting all of his starters including Alex Smith, Jamaal Charles, Tamba Hali, Eric Berry, Derek Johnson, and Brandon Flowers among others.
With the 5th seed locked up and nothing to gain from Sunday’s outcome, Reid decided to give his starters a rest before they got things going in the Wildcard Round this Saturday.
Andy got to see the reserves, giving 11 guys their first career start including former Missouri Tiger, quarterback, Chase Daniel.
“You get to see, from a depth perspective, that you’ve got some guys who can play and want to compete,” said head coach Andy Reid after the game.
The backups gave Reid plenty to see, and a chance at their 12th win of the year before falling 27-24 in overtime, giving the Chargers the 6th seed in the playoffs, where they will meet the Cincinnati Bengals.
Thanks to a Patriots win, the Chiefs will meet the Indianapolis Colts in the first round this Saturday, in Indianapolis. The Chiefs lost just the week before to the Colts in their final game at Arrowhead, 23-7.
Kansas City’s reserves took the ball, and punched the Chargers in the mouth on the opening drive with a Knile Davis 7 yard score to take an early lead.
Phillip Rivers wouldn’t have it, as he quickly answered with a score of his own with a 22 yard pass to Ladarius Green.
Dexter McCluster the lone pro-bowl nominee to suit up for Kansas City, found himself on the receiving end of a 2 yard touchdown pass from Daniel, putting the Chiefs up 14-7.
Antonio Davis answered in the second quarter on a 4 yard flag route to knot the score back up at 14.
Davis plunged his way in from 2 yards out to take a 21-14 Kansas City lead into the half.
After a Succop field goal for the lone score in the third quarter, the Chargers cut the gap to 3 with a Rivers-Eddie Royal touchdown pass in the fourth quarter.
A Nick Novak 22 yard boot tied it back up at 24 with 3:21 to go in the game. Succop missed a 41 yard field goal as time expired to send it into overtime, where Novak kicked the Chargers into the postseason with 36 yard FG attempt.
With the loss Kansas City falls to 11-5 but claim a rematch with Andrew Luck and the Indianapolis Colts. Reid hopes that the rest his starters got this week will help when they travel to Indianapolis for a Saturday Wildcard matchup.
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