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Chiefs Lock Up AFC West With Win Over Titans

Don’t look now, but the Chiefs are headed for the postseason.

In a season that has had its share of dramatic moments, Sunday at home against the overmatched Tennessee Titans, the Chiefs laid a beating on them to take home a rather easy 34-14 victory, clinching the AFC West following the Chargers upset loss in Cincinnati.

The win pushed the Chiefs to 10-5 and with the Chargers loss to the Bengals, means the Chiefs have their first division crown since 2003.

The Chiefs play Oakland next Sunday at Arrowhead in a game meaningless in the standings. They will then play a first-round playoff game at home on either January 8th or 9th. The opponent will be either the Ravens, Steelers or Jets, and that won’t be decided till next weekends outcome.

Matt Cassel threw for 314 yards and three touchdowns on 24-of-34 efficiency. Jamaal Charles carried 13 times for 77 yards and had the first two-touchdown receiving game of his career while Dwayne Bowe added six grabs for 153 yards and a score.

The Chiefs reached double-figures in wins for the first time since 2005. They are 7-0 at Arrowhead.

“I think it’s a huge accomplishment,” Cassell said about winning 10 games and engineering the biggest one-season turnaround in team history. “It’s a huge turnaround for us, being 4-12 and going through the year we did last year. We faced a ton of adversity that was very difficult to handle at times, so, it’s remarkable to say the least. Everybody embraced the challenge to come in and work hard in the off-season, the camps and now throughout the year and it has put us into a great position.”

Tennessee’s Kerry Collins completed 14-of-37 throws for 235 yards with two touchdowns and became just the 12th quarterback in league history to throw for more than 40,000 yards. He also moved past Joe Montana into ninth place all-time with 3,411 career completions.

Chris Johnson carried 14 times for 58 yards and became only the 10th running back in league history to run for 1,200 yards in each of his first three seasons for the Titans (6-9), who have dropped seven of their last eight games.

The Chiefs marched right down the field on seven plays on the game’s first possession to take the lead. Charles covered the last 14 yards of the drive on a screen pass to make it 7-0 only 3:41 into the contest.

The tandem of Cassel and Charles connected again on the hosts second drive to extend the lead to 14-0 with 1:52 remaining in the opening stanza.

On 2nd-and-goal from the five, Cassel checked down and lofted a lead pass that Charles caught and took into the right side of the end zone to finish off a 10-play, 61-yard drive.

Ryan Succop’s 35-yard field goal gave the Chiefs a 17-0 with 11 1/2 minutes to go in the first half.

Bowe caught a Cassell pass on the move at his own 45, turned upfield and outraced four defenders down the middle to complete a career-long 75-yard catch-and-run that put the hosts ahead 24-0 with 7:19 remaining before the intermission.

Tennessee finally got untracked with 4:15 to go before the half when Collins hit Kenny Britt inside the Chiefs 10 on a deep pass and the second-year wideout lugged a defender into the end zone to cut the lead to 24-7 on the 53- yard scoring play.

After Succop missed a field goal with 42 ticks to play before the break, Collins was intercepted two plays later by Eric Berry, who broke three tackles en route to going 54 yards to paydirt to increase the margin to 31-7 with 22 seconds remaining.

Succop added a 42-yard boot with 5:43 to go in the third quarter to extend the Chiefs lead to 34-7. The short scoring drive was set up by Javier Arenas’ 29- yard punt return to the Titans 28.

Tennessee took advantage of a personal foul penalty that wiped out a Kendrick Lewis interception and finished off a 69-yard drive with a 22-yard scoring strike from Collins to Jared Cook with 3 1/2 minutes left in the third that made it a 34-14 contest.

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One Response to “Chiefs Lock Up AFC West With Win Over Titans”

  1. Mike says:

    What seed will play Saturday vs on Sunday?…if Kansas City is the 3 seed, then they play Saturday?

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