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Kansas City Chiefs linebacker Jovan Belcher, 25, died of a self-inflicted gunshot wound at the Chiefs training facility near Arrowhead Stadium Saturday morning after fatally shooting his girlfriend, Kansas City police said.

Starter Atari Bigby is out for the season with a groin injury, and Corey Lynch takes over for the man who played virtually every snap until getting hurt against Baltimore. Lynch filled in well at first chance, totaling a team-high 11 tackles against the Ravens. He’s a solid run-stopper and should operate out of the base defense. He’ll need to excel covering tight ends and playing in the box for the Chargers to excel.

Playoff games usually wait until January to begin.

They wait until the calendar has turned and temperature has dropped, until the tournament is seeded and stadiums are full.

Sellout crowds move from tailgates to entry gates, past the attendants and up the escalators, down the aisles and onto seats where they watch their wait end.

This is early December in San Diego. It’s rainy and blackout.

Last Sunday, the Chargers out Chargers-ed themselves: they blew a 10-point lead against the Ravens in an eminently winnable game, the nadir coming when Baltimore’s Ray Rice converted a 4th-and-29 late in the fourth quarter. A few plays later, the Ravens would kick the game-tying field goal before notching the victory in overtime.

That fourth-down play has been scrutinized more closely than the Zapruder film. Referee Gene Steratore and his crew took 10 minutes to review the play, spot the ball, and measure to see if Rice, in fact, had gotten the first down.

A pair of NFL icons with San Diego ties are among the 27 semifinalists to be inducted next year into the Pro Football Hall of Fame.

Coach Don Coryell was a pioneer of the league’s modern-day offense. Retired safety John Lynch made a career of working to contain it.

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