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KC Chiefs suffer first blowout since 2016 with Week 17 loss to Chargers

KANSAS CITY, MISSOURI - JANUARY 03: Austin Ekeler #30 of the Los Angeles Chargers is upended by BoPete Keyes #29 of the Kansas City Chiefs during the 1st half of the game at Arrowhead Stadium on January 03, 2021 in Kansas City, Missouri. (Photo by Jamie Squire/Getty Images)
KANSAS CITY, MISSOURI - JANUARY 03: Austin Ekeler #30 of the Los Angeles Chargers is upended by BoPete Keyes #29 of the Kansas City Chiefs during the 1st half of the game at Arrowhead Stadium on January 03, 2021 in Kansas City, Missouri. (Photo by Jamie Squire/Getty Images) /
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The KC Chiefs had nothing to play for in Week 17 and lost to the Chargers.

The last time the Kansas City Chiefs were blown out in a regular-season game was when they faced the Pittsburgh Steelers on Sunday Night Football in Week 4 of the 2016 season. That was an ugly game where the Steelers dominated KC from the very beginning and most of us went on with our evening after the first half.

Why am I bringing all of this up, you ask? Well, because up until their Week 17 loss to the Los Angeles Chargers, the Chiefs had not suffered a blowout loss to anyone. It’s definitely worth noting that the Chiefs had pretty much all of their backups in for this one, as the team locked up the No. 1 seed and had absolutely nothing to play for this week.

So, while the team did technically lose in blowout fashion (38-21), there will always be an asterisk next to this game when it comes to that statistic. It’s never fun to lose, but Chiefs fans weren’t expecting much heading into this matchup because of how little it meant. Heck, NFL Red Zone barely even showed this game because of the lack of playoff implications involved.

The KC Chiefs lost their second game of the regular season.

It’s not a regular loss though and it gave the depth chart players a chance to show what they were made of. We saw Byron Pringle and Darwin Thompson ball out in starting roles while the secondary did not play well and allowed the Chargers’ offense to move down the field with ease.

We also saw some devastating injuries, which came to Willie Gay and Deandre Baker. Gay exited the game early on and that means yet another linebacker is injured for the Chiefs. Brutal. Baker’s injury was really bad and that’s not good for the Chiefs’ plans at cornerback, as they were hoping he’d be someone they could slot in as a starter next year.

The Kansas City Chiefs finished the 2020 season with a record of 14-2, which is the best record in franchise history. It obviously would have been cool to go 15-1, but at the same time, it didn’t really matter. The Chiefs got the No. 1 seed and we’ll see them back in action, with Patrick Mahomes back under center, Tyreek Hill and Travis Kelce catching the passes, and the defensive stars making plays once again.

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It’s officially playoff season, Chiefs Kingdom! Get pumped!