San Diego hosts the San Francisco 49ers on Thursday Night Football in a game that has playoff implications in Kansas City. The Chiefs are currently one game ahead of the Chargers which means a San Diego loss on Thursday night could potentially give KC some serious breathing room.
A Chargers loss combined with a Chiefs victory against the St. Louis Rams means the Chiefs would need to win just one of the two remaining games to lock up the AFC West. A Chargers victory, however, keeps the pressure on the Chiefs to win this Sunday.
NFL odds say the Chargers are nine point favorites over the San Francisco 49ers, who stand just one game out of first place in the NFC West with a 5-8 record. So there's motivation for San Francisco to come out swinging in this game.
Even with the Chiefs miserable performance against the Chargers last weekend, Kansas City still controls its own destiny. Winning out is the easiest way to ensure a playoff spot. But a San Diego loss would go a long way to making this final month a little easier on all of us.
Who knows...if the 49ers beat the Chargers, maybe Shaun Smith thanks Anthony Davis.
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