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Here are some interesting notes and facts about the win

The Kansas City Chiefs held on to win a close on Sunday night over the rival Denver Broncos, marking their seventh-straight win this season while officially locking up a playoff spot in the process.

Here are 10 quick notes about the game.

1. Patrick Mahomes tallied another 300-yard game.

Mahomes completed 25-of-40 passes for 318 yards and a touchdown on Sunday night, recording his fifth-straight game with at least 300 yards through the air. That's the longest active streak in the NFL, and Mahomes' eight 300-yard games overall this season also lead the league.

The reigning Super Bowl MVP also found the end zone for the 22nd straight game, extending his franchise record streak.

2. Travis Kelce continued his stellar season.

Kelce hauled in eight grabs for 136 yards and a score on Sunday, surpassing 1,000 yards receiving on the season for a fifth-straight year. The 31-year-old Kelce is now the only tight end in NFL history with five career 1,000-yard campaigns, and he tallied them all consecutively.

Additionally, Kelce joined Tony Gonzalez and Jason Witten as the only tight ends in league history to record 80+ catches in five career seasons. Again, Kelce notched all of those in five-straight years.

Kelce has really been heating up of late, too, as he has 42 catches for 613 yards and three scores in his last five games alone. In fact, his 1,114 receiving yards this season are the most for any tight end through 12 games in the Super Bowl Era, breaking the record he set back in 2018 (1,082).

He's just 263 yards shy of the single season record by a tight end with four games to go.

3. Tyreek Hill also put together a solid game.

Hill nearly had a pair of long touchdowns in this one, but despite neither of those counting, he still put together a strong performance with six catches for 58 yards.

The duo of Hill and Kelce has been far and away the best combination in the NFL lately, as those two have combined for 85 catches, 1,253 yards, 12 plays of 25+ yards and 11 touchdowns since Week 8.

They rank No. 1 and No. 2 in the NFL in receiving yards in that span.

4. Harrison Butker connected on five field goals.

Butker was a perfect 5-for-5 on field goal attempts in Sunday's victory, nailing a 48-yarder in the closing minutes of the game to extend Kansas City's advantage. It marked the fourth time in his young career that Butker hit 5+ field goals, with the three other occurrences all taking place in 2017.

It marked the ninth time this season that a kicker connected on 5+ field goals in a single game.

5. Tyrann Mathieu took the ball away twice.

Mathieu picked off Broncos' quarterback Drew Lock on the opening defensive series of the game and intercepted Lock again to seal the victory, recording the second multi-interception game of his career.

The All-Pro safety leads the Chiefs in interceptions this season and ranks third in the NFL overall with five.

6. The defense kept the Chiefs in the game all night.

With the exception of two touchdown drives, the Chiefs' defense held the Broncos in check throughout the game. In fact, Kansas City yielded fewer than 21 points for the eighth time this season, which are the most such games for any team in the NFL this year.

7. Kansas City keeps piling up the takeaways.

The Chiefs have forced a turnover in 11 of 12 games this season, joining just five other teams to do so this year. Their 19 takeaways are tied for seventh in the NFL.

Kansas City has scored 53 points off takeaways this season.

8. The Chiefs continued their dominance over the AFC West.

Kansas City moved to 31-4 vs. divisional opponents since 2015 with Sunday's victory, which is by far the best mark for any team against their own division in that span.

The Chiefs are averaging 29.4 points-per-game in those contests while allowing just 18.3.

9. That success includes a historic run against the Broncos.

The Chiefs have now won 11 straight games over Denver, matching the longest winning streak vs. the Broncos in franchise history. Only the 1964-69 Chiefs compiled a stretch of success like this over Denver.

10. It all helped the Chiefs punch their ticket to the playoffs for a sixth straight season.

The Chiefs have bigger goals than simply making the postseason, but Kansas City's consistency when it comes to reaching the playoffs is worth pointing out. Entering this season, only the Chiefs and New England Patriots had made the playoffs in each of the last five years. The Patriots are still fighting for a postseason spot this season, but it's very possible that Kansas City will be the lone team to earn a playoff bid in each of the last six seasons when the campaign comes to an end.

It's an incredible run of success, and with a win on Sunday against Miami, the Chiefs can keep that going with a fifth-straight division title.

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