Christmas Comes a Day Late in Kansas City, Chiefs Win AFC West

By james.adkins

For everyone else around the world, Christmas was celebrated on Saturday, but for Chiefs fans they unwrapped their present from Santa Claus on Sunday.

Prior to the 2010 NFL season, Santa made his list and then he checked it twice, only to find out that Philip Rivers and the Chargers had been naughty (Rivers’ meltdown against the Chiefs in season opener), and Matt Cassel and the Chiefs had been nice.

On Sunday, in front of the Chiefs smallest crowd at Arrowhead Stadium this season, where the team moved to 7-0. Cassel and the Chiefs hit the Tennessee Titans early and often, leaving no doubt as to who the class of the division was. Cassel had one of his best games of the season, completing 24 of 34 passes for 314 yards and 3 touchdowns.

Running back Jamaal Charles showed the league once again why he is the best all-around back in the NFL, accounting for 117 total yards and 2 touchdowns. Dwayne Bowe, after totaling just three catches for 53 yards the past three games, broke out for 153 yards and a fantastic 75-yard touchdown reception, his league-leading 15th of the season.

While the Chiefs took care of business with their 34-14 victory over the Titans, they didn’t learn their playoff fate until about three hours later when the Cincinnati Bengals put the final touches on sinking the playoff hopes of the San Diego Chargers. Had up and down Chargers beaten the Bengals, it would have forced the Chiefs to beat the Oakland Raiders next week to nail down the AFC West.

With the Chargers loss, Kansas City fans can breathe a sigh of relief as the Chiefs are now guaranteed to finish the season the same way they started it, in first place in the AFC West. The win also nails down a first-round home playoff game for the first time in seven seasons.

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