SEATTLE — The Kansas City Chiefs, who failed in possibilities to clinch the AFC West championship the previous two weeks, have one more shot to make issues proper.
The Chiefs would win the AFC West, get a primary-spherical bye and have dwelling-area benefit all through the AFC playoffs by beating the Oakland Raiders subsequent Sunday at Arrowhead Stadium.
However that looks like lower than a positive factor after the Chiefs misplaced to the Seattle Seahawks 38-31 on Sunday evening. The 11-Four Chiefs have misplaced back-to-back video games for the primary time this season.
The Chiefs might nonetheless win the division title with a loss to the Raiders, if the Los Angeles Chargers additionally lose their sport on Sunday in opposition to the Denver Broncos. However even by successful the AFC West at 11-5, the Chiefs would not essentially get a primary-spherical bye or dwelling-area benefit.
That may rely not only on the Chargers shedding, but additionally the New England Patriots and Houston Texans.
If the Chiefs lose subsequent weekend and the Chargers win, the Chiefs would get a wild-card playoff berth.
Of the Chiefs’ 4 losses, Sunday’s was the primary by more than three factors.
“On this league, it is that shut, the margin between successful and shedding,” stated Chiefs coach Andy Reid, holding his index finger shut to his thumb. “We have to straighten a few issues out and we’ll be OK. It appears excessive proper now however that is not the truth of it. If we repair a pair issues we’ll be all proper.
“We now have a possibility to end this factor the precise method. It is essential that we do this, that we pull all of it collectively and get ourselves prepared to go. If we play the way in which we are able to play and we’re going to play, we’re a troublesome workforce proper there, nearly as good as any within the Nationwide Soccer League.”
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Quarterback Patrick Mahomes threw for 3 touchdowns, giving him 48 this season. That is tied with Dan Marino for the fourth most in a season.
However Mahomes accomplished simply 23 of 40 passes for 273 yards.
“Shedding video games,” Mahomes stated when requested what was the larger concern, the way in which the Chiefs are enjoying or the actual fact they have not clinched the division regardless of two possibilities to accomplish that. “We have been in each sport that we have misplaced, however you’ve got to discover methods to win. … We’ve not recently. That is essentially the most irritating factor.
“You possibly can’t be happy with what’s gotten us right here. That is when it counts. … We’re not happy with simply being right here.”
The Chiefs beat the Raiders 40-33 in Oakland in Week 13, however it looks like without end in the past. In three December video games since, they’ve escaped with an additional time win in opposition to the Baltimore Ravens, and misplaced by a mixed eight factors to the Chargers and Seahawks.