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Chiefs avoid television blackout against Tennessee

POSTED December 24, 2010 12:02 p.m.

KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) — Kansas City Chiefs fans will be able to watch today’s game on TV locally after all.
Spokesman Pete Moris told The Associated Press late Thursday afternoon there will be no blackout of the matchup with the Tennessee Titans.
Kickoff is set for noon at Arrowhead Stadium, and will be televised by CBS.
The Chiefs had said Wednesday that a blackout was a possibility, with slow ticket sales for a game expected to be played on a very cold day when many people will be busy with family events.
Tickets remained available late Thursday. But the team has met NFL requirements for avoiding a blackout.

Collins could join
elite NFL group
Sticking around the NFL for 16 seasons means racking up some nice career numbers, and now Tennessee quarterback Kerry Collins is close to passing a couple of the league’s greatest quarterbacks.
Collins needs 13 completions to pass former San Francisco 49ers and Chiefs quarterback Joe Montana (3,409) for ninth all-time in that category. Collins also has 39,906 yards passing, and with 94 more he becomes the 12th player in NFL history to throw for 40,000 yards in a career. If he throws for 334 yards in the Titans’ final two games, he’ll pass Johnny Unitas (40,239) for 11th overall.
That’s company that impresses Collins’ teammate, Randy Moss.
“Just to see him to be able to reach a milestone accomplishment like that, that’s something he can really hang his hat upon, 40,000, beating Johnny Unitas,” Moss said. “That’s a legendary quarterback, so for him to be in front of Johnny U, that’s saying something.”
Collins already ranks ninth in career attempts with 6,087 passes. Collins said the idea of passing Unitas is cool, but hasn’t really hit him yet.
“I’m just focused on what we’re doing here. Maybe later on down the road I’ll look back and see it as a nice accomplishment. It’s one of those things I just don’t think about a lot,” he said.

Gates likely out of next 2 games for San Diego

SAN DIEGO — Star tight end Antonio Gates likely will sit out the final two games of the regular season to rest his injured right foot in case the San Diego Chargers make the playoffs.
“I do want to get healthy,” Gates said. “That’s what’s best for this team.”
Gates has missed the last two games and four of six with a painful tear in his right plantar fascia. Gates said the team’s other tight ends, Randy McMichael and Kris Wilson, are more than capable of doing the job.
“Based on the history of the injury, there’s no speedy recovery,” Gates said. “Time is key. Not only do I need time, but I need rest.”
In order to win their fifth straight AFC West title, the Chargers (8-6) need to win their final two games, at Cincinnati on Sunday and at Denver on Jan. 2, and have Kansas City lose once.
Gates said he’ll have had four weeks of rest if the Chargers do make the playoffs.

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