Kansas City Chiefs: Rapid Reaction Vs San Diego Chargers

KC Chiefs defensive back Daniel Sorensen - Mandatory Credit: Jake Roth-USA TODAY Sports
KC Chiefs defensive back Daniel Sorensen - Mandatory Credit: Jake Roth-USA TODAY Sports /

The Kansas City Chiefs torched the San Diego Chargers to clinch the AFC West, as well as the #2 seed and a first round BYE in the playoffs.

The deck seemed a little stacked against the Kansas City Chiefs as far as improving their playoff seeding this week. The Chiefs came in to Week 17 holding the #5 seed with a visit to Houston in the Wild Card round on the horizon. KC needed to beat the Chargers on the road, and get the Broncos to knock off the Raiders in a game that meant nothing to Denver. Both things happened, and pretty easily.

Chiefs fans were holding their breath early on against the Chargers. With 14:49 left in the second quarter, San Diego led 10-3. Kansas City was undaunted though as they scored 17 straight points to go up 20-10 at the end of the half. From there, the Chiefs never really looked back.

Kansas City was incredibly efficient on the day when it came to the offensive side of the ball. The Chiefs did not punt the ball until late in the fourth quarter. Apart from that one point, and an earlier interception, every single drive the Chiefs offense went on ended in points. That is a huge boost of momentum heading into the playoffs.

So Who Is The Bum Now?

Unless you live under the proverbial rock, then you have heard something about Kansas City Chiefs cornerback Marcus Peters being called a bum by Chargers receiver Keenan Allen. Their beef seems to stem back to their week one match up. However, since that game, Allen hasn’t played a single snap of football. Yet he felt inclined to talk some trash. Call this one a bit of karma.

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Marcus Peters had a strong day on the field, which included his first interception since Week 5. All to fitting that his sixth pick of the year would come this week. Peters finished the season with the same number of catches as Keenan Allen. Probably not something the Chargers receiver wants to be reminded of.

Chiefs Get A BYE Week

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The Kansas City Chiefs are steamrolling into the playoffs now. While I don’t believe the team truly needed a BYE week to be a force in the postseason, there is no denying that an advantage comes from it. The Chiefs get an extra week to gameplan and rest before taking on their first opponent in the divisional round.

Many fans are excited about getting homefield advantage (at least for one game). However, I’m not sure that is a huge deal for KC. We should all remember that the Chiefs lost just as many games at home this year as they did on the road. The truth is that Kansas City simply needs to play its best football right now if they want to go deep in the postseason.

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It’s an exciting time to be a Kansas City Chiefs fan. Andy Reid has completely turned this franchise around and made the Chiefs a perennial threat in the postseason. Chiefs Kingdom needs to bring the noise when we do host our playoff game in two weeks. In the meantime, relax and enjoy it Chiefs fans. This team is good.