Players with San Diego ties to play big roles in Chiefs-Titans AFC Wild Card game
12:02 PM, Jan 5, 2018
12:27 PM, Jan 5, 2018
(KGTV) - Two players with San Diego ties are expected to play big roles in an NFL Wild Card playoff game on Saturday.
The AFC West champion Kansas City Chiefs, led by Helix High School alum Alex Smith, will host the Tennessee Titans and San Diego native Rishard Matthews on Saturday at 1:20 p.m. on ABC10.
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The Chiefs finished the regular season with a 10-6 record and come into the Wild Card round having won their last four games after a four-game losing skid. Meanwhile, the Titans struggled a bit down the stretch but defeated AFC South rival (and division champ) Jacksonville in Week 17 to lock up a playoff berth -- their first since the 2008 season.
Smith, considered an MVP candidate throughout the 2017 season, threw for over 4,000 yards and tossed 26 touchdowns to go along with is NFL-best 104.7 passer rating. As a high schooler, Smith led the Helix High Highlanders to two San Diego section championships.
“We completed the first step and now it’s on to the second one, which is winning this game." ~ Alex Smith