Here are five keys to the game heading into this week’s regular season finale between the San Diego Chargers and the Kansas City Chiefs:
“We’ve just got to keep our focus on winning our ninth game. If we get an opportunity to win a 10th one, then we’ll be there. If not, we’ll have finished with four in a row and going 4-2 in the division. I think that’s our biggest focus. We always talk about what we can control, and I think its human nature (that) we will know what has happened, but we can’t worry about that. We’ve got to play the game and play the game to win the game.”
“From teams that have been in this type of situation previously, you have to go off those types of exposure. For us mentally and for us defensively, we have to prepare because their backups are very explosive. The running back, number 34 comes in and he has very explosive moves and the guys that they call backups but they rotate in there, so to me they aren't really backups. There are not that many guys on offense anyway, so everyone is going to have to play. From a standpoint of certain guys not being in there, our focus is looking at what Kansas City does on film and that is the only thing we can do."
"I think we have been playing more consistently the last three weeks and it's shown. Even over the past five or six and even in the last game against Kansas City we had stretches where we started off with some three-and-outs and being able to get a timely three-and-out in the second half gave our offense a chance to get the ball back. We have to play more consistent and we didn't do that the first game. That's something these guys are looking to do."
“I’m very happy for Ryan Mathews. You guys all asked early on why he isn’t carrying the ball, why he isn’t doing this. But the kid just kept working extremely hard. After today’s game, it was a single season high for him. So give him a lot of credit. We’ve said from day one that we want unselfish players who just want to win. And he’s one of those kids, that’s all he did. It’s very deserving to see where he is right now.”
5. Our Colors and Our Colors Only – The Chargers haven’t hid the fact that they need tremendous fan support this week. It’s Fan Appreciation Day, and while the team will doll out some terrific contest prizes, the best gift of all would be to send the fans home with a win. However, it is a symbiotic relationship as the best chance the team has to win is to have a true home field advantage as stated emphatically by Coach McCoy:
"We need our largest, loudest—however you want to say it—fan support this week. This is what it all comes down to. It comes down to the last game of the season. So as the fans, we’re asking you as an organization, we need as many Charger fans in that stadium. As much of our colors and our colors only please. Be as loud as you can because it’s going to be a great weekend.”