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Stakes high in Chiefs Saturday night special against Chargers

Posted at 5:57 AM, Dec 16, 2017
and last updated 2017-12-16 06:57:23-05

Football fans in Kansas City get an early Christmas present tonight in a special Saturday game pitting the Chiefs against the Los Angeles Chargers for the top spot in the AFC West.

Gates to the parking lots at Arrowhead open up at 2:30 p.m. Saturday, with gates to the stadium opening at 5:30 p.m.

Kickoff is slated for 7:30 p.m.

41 Action News meteorologist Jeff Penner says temps should top out in the low 60s Saturday, but tailgaters might want to tie down tents with winds gusting 10-20 miles per hour.

The Chiefs (7-6) beat the Chargers earlier this season in Los Angeles, but the two teams have had different paths to tonight’s game since that early-season matchup.

The Chiefs proceeded to lose six of their next seven games before a bounce-back win over Oakland, sliding right back to the pack.

The Chargers (7-6), meanwhile, lost their first four games and were nearly written off before stringing together three straight wins. They're now riding a four-game win streak that includes a rout of the Redskins last weekend that kept them tied with the Chiefs atop the division.

Setting up the biggest game of the season for both teams.

"This is about as big as it gets for a regular-season game," Chiefs quarterback Alex Smith told reporters this week. "Division opponent, tied for first, only a couple games left. The ramifications are huge. It doesn't get any bigger than this."

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