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Upon Further Review: 10 Quick Facts Following the Chiefs’ Division-Clinching Victory

Posted Dec 26, 2017

Here are some quick facts following the Chiefs’ win on Sunday

The Kansas City Chiefs defeated the Miami Dolphins, 29-13, last Sunday to secure a second-consecutive AFC West championship.

It means the Chiefs will be heading the postseason for the fourth time in the last five seasons, and it all begins with a home game at Arrowhead Stadium.

Here are 10 quick facts following Sunday’s victory.

1. The Chiefs are champions of the AFC West

This season’s division championship is the 11th in franchise history. The Chiefs also won the division in 1962, 1966, 1968, 1971, 1993, 1995, 1997, 2003, 2010 and 2016.

It’s Kansas City’s second-consecutive division title, marking the first time the Chiefs have won the AFC West in back-to-back seasons.

It was also Head Coach Andy Reid’s 193rd career victory (regular and postseason), tying Chuck Knox for the ninth-most wins in NFL history.

2. The win wrapped up another strong regular season at Arrowhead Stadium

The Chiefs went 6-2 at Arrowhead this year, once again demonstrating that Kansas City is one of the most difficult places for opponents to play in the NFL. The Chiefs’ .750 winning percentage at home this year is tied with Buffalo and Jacksonville for the best mark in the AFC.

The Chiefs will be calling on the Arrowhead faithful in a few weeks as Kansas City kicks off the postseason.

3. Travis Kelce reached a personal milestone in the contest

Kelce surpassed the 1,000-yard mark on the season in the game, doing so for a second-straight season.

Kelce joined wide receiver Tyreek Hill as the second Chief to tally 1,000 yards through the air this year, establishing the duo as the first pair of Chiefs to reach the mark since 2008. It’s just the fourth time in franchise history that multiple players have achieved the feat.

4. Kelce also helped the Chiefs make some history

With Kelce eclipsing 1,000 yards on the year, the Chiefs became just the fifth team in NFL history to feature a 1,000-yard running back, wide receiver and tight end.

The other teams to do so were the 2007 Browns, the 1997 Broncos, the 1981 Vikings and the 1981 Chargers.

5. Alex Smith notched a personal milestone of his own

Smith passed for 304 yards on Sunday, moving him past 4,000 yards passing on the season for the first time in his career.

He’s the first Chiefs’ passer to do so in quite some time.

Here’s more on Smith’s season from the Elias Sports Bureau:

Alex Smith threw for 304 yards in the Chiefs’ 29–13 home win over the Dolphins, reaching 4,042 yards on the season. This is the first 4,000-yard season for Smith, a 13-year NFL veteran. Only two other quarterbacks threw for 4,000 yards for the first time in their 13th season or later. Rich Gannon did it for the first time for the 2002 Raiders, in his 15th season; and Steve Beuerlein did it for the 1999 Panthers, in his 13th season.

Smith’s passing has translated into plenty of wins in his five-year career in Kansas City.

6. Smith's numbers establish the Chiefs as one of the most balanced offenses ever

Prior to Sunday’s game, only the 1981 Chargers had featured a 4,000-yard passer, a 1,000-yard rusher, a 1,000-yard wide receiver and a 1,000-yard tight end in NFL history.

With Smith’s efforts on Sunday, the Chiefs have now done so as well.

7. The 1,000-yard rusher in that quartet scored a touchdown on Sunday

Kareem Hunt punched in his 10th touchdown of the season in last weekend’s contest, making some history in the process.

Hunt already owns the record for the most rushing yards by a rookie in franchise history (1,292).

8. Cornerback Marcus Peters made plays (again)

Peters recorded a forced fumble and a fumble recovery on Sunday, playing an instrumental role in Kansas City’s win.

The third-year defensive back has two interceptions, two forced fumbles and a fumble recovery in his last two contests.

Peters' 25 combined picks and forced fumbles since 2015 lead the NFL.

9. The Chiefs have excelled at creating turnovers lately

Kansas City has nine takeaways in its last three games, forcing multiple turnovers in all three contests. For context, the Chiefs forced nine turnovers in their last nine games before this current stretch.  

10. Harrison Butker has tallied more field goals than any other kicker in team history in a single season

The rookie placekicker has connected on 36 field goals this season – more than any other kicker to dawn the red and gold in a single season.

What makes Butker’s feat all the more remarkable is he did so in just 12 games, signing with Kansas City prior to Week 4 from the Carolina Panthers’ practice squad.

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