CHIEFS’ BANE: HEAD­PHONES

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kansas city, mo.» Chiefs coach Andy Reid said his team ex­pe­ri­enced prob­lems with head­sets dur­ing Satur­day’s play­off loss at New Eng­land, though they worked fine in the cru­cial fi­nal min­utes of the game.

Reid said the prob­lem oc­curred in the first half be­tween the coach­ing staff and the ra­dio in quar­ter­back Alex Smith’s hel­met.

But Reid said they cut out “just a lit­tle bit, not much” and did not think that they were any­thing out of the or­di­nary.

It’s not the first time head­sets had trou­ble at Gil­lette Sta­dium.

In the reg­u­lar-sea­son opener, Pitts­burgh per­son­nel com­plained that the coaches’ head­sets were filled with the Pa­tri­ots’ ra­dio broad­cast of the game. Steel­ers coach Mike Tom­lin later said his coaches have had prob­lems with head­sets ev­ery time the team plays at New Eng­land.

Cobb out of hos­pi­tal

B green bay, wis.» Wide re­ceiver Ran­dall Cobb was re­leased from a hos­pi­tal af­ter leav­ing the Pack­ers’ play­off game Satur­day night against the Car­di­nals with a chest in­jury.

The Pack­ers’ lead­ing re­ceiver posted on Twit­ter that he was dis­charged from a Phoenix-area hos­pi­tal af­ter be­ing held overnight for ob­ser­va­tion.

Cobb was hurt in the first quar­ter af­ter he dived for a 51-yard catch to the Ari­zona 3-yard line and landed hard with his back to the turf. Cobb then spit up blood on the side­line.

“Thank you for all the prayers and sup­port,” Cobb wrote.

Fair­ness on coin toss

B new york» No need to flip out over that re­peated coin toss.

While there’s no NFL rule spec­i­fy­ing the need for an­other flip, ref­eree Clete Blake­man used his judg­ment to de­ter­mine that “ba­sic fair­ness” dic­tated that the coin should be re­tossed be­fore the start of over­time of Green Bay’s game at Ari­zona, ac­cord­ing to league spokesman Michael Sig­nora.

When Blake­man tossed the coin, it never ac­tu­ally flipped af­ter the Pack­ers’ Aaron Rodgers called “tails.”

The coin landed on the ground on “heads.” Blake­man picked up the coin and re­flipped it, but Rodgers said af­ter Green Bay’s 26-20 loss that he would have called “heads” on the se­cond toss.

Sig­nora said in an e-mail to The As­so­ci­ated Press that a team “gets only one choice to de­clare heads or tails.”

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