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Upon Further Review: Eight Quick Facts Following the Chiefs’ Win on Saturday

Posted Dec 17, 2017

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

The Kansas City Chiefs defeated the Los Angeles Chargers, 30-13, on Saturday night to assume sole possession of first place in the AFC West with just two games left to play.

Here are some quick facts following the victory.

1. The Chiefs now sit alone atop the AFC West

The Chiefs have at least shared the division lead all season long, but things got interesting a few weeks ago when the surging Chargers and Oakland Raiders caught up to Kansas City amidst its midseason slide.

That’s in the rear view mirror now as Kansas City again controls the top spot in the division with just two regular season games to play. The Chiefs also own the tiebreaker over both teams should either tie Kansas City by season’s end.

2. Kareem Hunt is now officially the most prolific rookie tailback in franchise history

Hunt rushed for 155 yards on 24 carries on Saturday, accomplishing some history in the process.

His production wasn’t just on the ground either, as Hunt also caught a season-high seven passes for 55 yards. It all added up to 206 yards of total offense and yet another piece of history.

The performance was reminiscent of when Hunt took the league by storm earlier this season, which included a 172-yard game against Los Angeles in Week 3.

When paired together, those two outings are – you guessed it – historic.

It wasn’t easy, either, but Hunt’s ability to fight for the extra yard has been his mantra all season long.

3. Tyreek Hill is fast – both in speed and his ability to reach milestones

Hill caught five passes for 88 yards and a touchdown on the night, passing the 1,000-yard milestone for the first time in his career.

It’s just the 12th time in franchise history that a player has reached the mark, and Hill is only the third player to do so in either of his first two seasons, joining Dwayne Bowe and Otis Taylor.

Hill accomplished the feat on his 64-yard touchdown grab, which is fitting considering that Hill has become synonymous with the big play in his brief career. It’s also significant to note that Hill beat cornerback Casey Hayward, Pro Football Focus’ top rated cornerback entering the game, on the score. 

It was Hill’s 11th touchdown of at least 50 or more yards in his career, and his 13th score overall in his last 18 regular season games.

Speed can do that.

4. Getting Hill the ball was Alex Smith, who reached a milestone of his own

Smith’s touchdown pass to Hill marked his 24th of the season, setting a career-high. It was also his 100th career touchdown with Kansas City.

Smith finished the game with 231 yards through the air and a 120.3 passer rating, matching New Orleans’ Drew Brees for the most games with a 100.0 passer rating this season (9).

5. Marcus Peters returned to the field in a big way

Peters was back on the field on Saturday following his team-imposed suspension last week, and his presence was felt throughout the contest.

The third-year corner finished the game with two interceptions, a forced fumble and a team-leading three passes defensed in one of his best games of the season.

What won’t stand out in the box score was Peters’ open field tackle of Chargers’ wide receiver Travis Benjamin on 3rd-and-8 in the fourth quarter. Peters held Benjamin shy of the sticks, and Los Angeles threw an interception on their next play.

6. Peters was part of a Chiefs’ secondary that brought it to Los Angeles all night long

In addition to Peters’ three turnovers, safety Ron Parker notched a takeaway of his own with an interception in the fourth quarter.

It all added up to a season-high four turnovers for the Chargers.

Interestingly enough, Chargers’ quarterback Philip Rivers hadn’t thrown a pick in four-straight games entering Saturday night’s contest – a streak of 164 attempts – before tossing three against Kansas City. It was just the second time Rivers threw three or more picks this season, also doing so in Week 3 against...the Chiefs.

Of Rivers’ 10 interceptions this year, six have been at the hands of Kansas City.

7. The pass rush was also a factor on Saturday night

The Chargers had surrendered the fewest sacks in the NFL entering the game, but that didn’t seem to slow down the Chiefs’ pass rush.

Kansas City finished the game with two sacks and was pressuring Rivers all night long.

Much of that pressure was courtesy of linebacker Justin Houston.

8. Dustin Colquitt is timeless

The Chiefs didn’t call on their punter much in the game, but Colquitt still managed to etch his name in the history books by playing in his 204th career game – the third-most in franchise history. 

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