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Sunday, December 25, 2011
Takeo Spikes' playoff-less streak lives

By Bill Williamson
ESPN.com

Takeo Spikes was bracing for this.

In August, in his first days as a San Diego Charger, I asked Spikes if he was counting on finally ending his playoff drought.

This is what he said: “I’ve learned not to take anything for granted. I am going to wait and see. I’ve seen it all. I’ve been 4-0 in the preseason. I’ve been 0-4 in the preseason and every split in between. I’m just going to wait and see what happens.”

Well, the same old thing happened. The Chargers were eliminated from playoff contention Saturday — so for the 14th time in his 14-year career, Spikes will not play in the postseason.

Spikes has played 202 games without making the playoffs. It is an NFL record.

It looked like Spikes’ drought would end this year. San Diego was a popular Super Bowl choice before the season. It is now 7-8. Making the situation even worse for Spikes is that the team he left, San Francisco, is 12-3 and is playoff-bound.