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Chargers leverage Peyton Manning appearance to boost ticket sales

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The San Diego Chargers are, in a manner of speaking, sold out of individual tickets to their Monday Night game against the Denver Broncos Oct. 15.

Sold out, in the sense they are no longer selling individual tickets to the game. To get one, fans must purchase a ticket to the Chargers' Thursday Night game against Kansas City Nov. 1.

Not that the Chiefs, or, more to the point, Chiefs fans, should take it personally. Broncos quarterback Peyton Manning is a draw for fans. Those fans apparently don't feel the Chargers are much of a draw.

The Chiefs, mired in a quarterback controversy after a 1-3 start and four ineffective performances by starter Matt Cassel, could be out of playoff contention by Nov. 1.

It remains to be seen whether the strategy will be effective. The Chargers didn't use this tactic before their Week 3 game against Atlanta, and came up 9,200 tickets short of capacity.

One thing is certain, though. The Chiefs can use this as a slap in the face. Any kind of motivation would seem to help the struggling Chiefs right now.