The Kansas City Chiefs fell in a meaningless game, losing to the media’s predicted 2019, 2020 and 2021 AFC West champion Los Angeles Chargers, 38-21. We broke the game down on the AP Laboratory Postgame Show — as presented by Ruback Fine Jewelry.
Here are three big takeaways:
The Chiefs didn’t escape unscathed
While no key players participated in the game, the Chiefs still saw some injuries to monitor for their playoff run. Linebacker Willie Gay Jr. was injured in the first half with a sprained ankle and ruled out. Rashad Fenton was injured late. While both of these players have limited roles on the defensive side of the football, they’ve been heavy special teams contributors this season. It will be worth monitoring these two and their progress leading up to the Divisional game in two weeks. Deandre Baker also suffered a significant injury, breaking his femur and requiring a cart to leave the field. It is a devastating injury for the former first-round pick — you hope to see him bounce back quickly.
Some backups played well
It wasn’t pretty for everyone, but there were a few backups we rarely see that made the most of their opportunities. Byron Pringle roped in 4 of his 6 targets for 52 yards and a touchdown and showed great balance after contact. Snap counts tell the story of the behind-the-scenes things we don’t know, but Pringle continues to show his ability when he’s in. Darwin Thompson showed some juice as a runner and ability in the passing game, leading the team in receiving with 65 yards and catching all seven of his targets. Also, credit goes to Chad Henne, who we haven’t seen much of in a regular-season game during his time in Kansas City. He put up admirable numbers in the Chiefs’ loss.
Go time ⏰— Patrick Mahomes II (@PatrickMahomes) January 4, 2021
RUN. IT. BACK.
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