Blackout for Chargers season finale against Chiefs lifted

Long-shot playoff hopes on line in must-win game

SAN DIEGO - Enough tickets have been purchased to lift the local television blackout for Sunday’s game between the San Diego Chargers and Kansas City Chiefs at Qualcomm Stadium. The game kicks off at 1:25 p.m.

The NFL requires all but the most expensive seats at Qualcomm Stadium to be sold 72 hours before kickoff or the game won't be aired on local television. It was the third time this season the Chargers avoided a blackout. The team barely sold enough tickets for its 37-14 victory over the New York Giants to be shown locally, and the Chargers' Dec. 1 17-10 loss to the Cincinnati Bengals was the first NFL game this season not to appear on television screens in the home team's area.

The Chargers head into the regular-season finale facing a must-win game against a Kansas City team that already has a spot in the AFC playoffs secured. To qualify for the post-season themselves, the Chargers must win Sunday while the Baltimore Ravens must lose to Cincinnati and the Miami Dolphins must fall to the New York Jets.

The Chargers stunned the then-one-loss Chiefs in Kansas City in November, coming from behind in the fourth quarter to win, 41-38. Philip Rivers threw for 392 yards and three touchdowns in that win.

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