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The Chiefs held on to win a close one on Sunday

The Kansas City Chiefs won a tight one on Sunday afternoon, defeating the Green Bay Packers with contributions from all three phases.

Here are 10 quick notes from the game.

1. Coach Reid matched Curly Lambeau for the fifth-most wins in NFL history.

Reid recorded the 226th regular-season victory of his career on Sunday, matching Curly Lambeau – the legendary Packers' coach, ironically enough – for the fifth-most in league history. Only Don Shula (328), George Halas (318), Bill Belichick (284) and Tom Landry (250) recorded more victories during their careers.

Simply put, Reid is one of the greatest coaches to ever do it.

2. The victory marked the 500th win in franchise history.

The Chiefs became the second original AFL franchise to reach 500 all-time regular-season wins on Sunday, trailing only the Patriots. Additionally, Kansas City became the third franchise that began play in 1960 or later to tally 500 total victories, coming in behind only New England and Dallas.

3. The defense turned in perhaps their best performance of the season.

Kansas City held the Packers scoreless until late in the fourth quarter, holding Green Bay to just 2-of-12 on third down. The Packers were forced to punt, turned it over on downs or committed a giveaway on six of their nine possessions, marking a dominant defensive performance throughout the contest.

4. The pass-rush, in particular, was tremendous.

The Chiefs dialed up some serious pressure on Packers' quarterback Jordan Love and did so with considerable success. In fact, Kansas City pressured Love on 49 percent of his dropbacks, consistently harassing the second-year player throughout the game.

Defensive lineman Chris Jones led all players in pressures with seven while defensive end Melvin Ingram, who joined the Chiefs via trade last week, recorded four pressures in 21 pass-rushing snaps. Fellow defensive end Frank Clark was also active, tallying three quarterback hits.

5. L'Jarius Sneed tallied his first interception of the season.

Sneed made a fantastic play in coverage deep down the sideline, hauling in his first interception of the season. It helped Sneed earn the top overall grade among all Chiefs' defenders on Sunday, according to Pro Football Focus.

And speaking of defensive backs, Tyrann Mathieu also got involved with his first sack of the season midway through the third quarter.

6. Tommy Townsend may have turned in the best game of his career.

Punting isn't typically the most exciting part of a football game, but a good punter can be a weapon when it comes to flipping field position, and that's exactly what Townsend was throughout Sunday's matchup.

The second-year punter dropped five kicks inside the 20-yard line, becoming the first player in the NFL this season to do so in a single game. Green Bay consistently faced long fields offensively because of Townsend's efforts, as the Packers' average starting field position (with the exception of when they took over on downs early in the game) was at their own 19-yard line.

7. Harrison Butker was clutch.

Butker continued his impressive season on Sunday, connecting on a 24-yard field goal early in the game before converting a 55-yard boot in the closing moments of the first half. The latter kick marked a season-long for Butker and his third successful field goal from beyond 50 yards this year.

The efforts of both Butker and Townsend combined to accomplish a rarity, too, as the Chiefs became the first team since 2018 to record five punts inside the 20-yard line and connect on a field goal of at least 50 yards.

8. It was overall an outstanding game from the special teams' unit.

That success on special teams extended beyond just Butker and Townsend, too. Kansas City recovered a muffed punt early in the game and blocked a field goal, consistently making things difficult for the Packers throughout the contest.

The block, in particular, marked the Chiefs' first blocked field goal attempt since Week 8 of last season.

9. Travis Kelce moved up the charts in franchise history.

Kelce hauled in five catches for 68 yards, including a 22-yard grab that ignited the Chiefs' game-sealing drive. It helped him move up in the all-time record books, too, as Kelce passed Priest Holmes for the third-most scrimmage yards in franchise history (8,515).

Only Tony Gonzalez (10,954) and Jamaal Charles (9,717) tallied more.

10. Patrick Mahomes came through when it mattered most.

It was a struggle at times for the offense on Sunday, but Mahomes and company came through in the end.

The Chiefs were clinging to a six-point lead at midfield and were facing a long third down with just two minutes left in the game, but rather than play conservatively, Coach Reid called a passing play and put the game in his quarterback's hands. Mahomes then scrambled to his right before firing a dart to wide receiver Tyreek Hill, who hauled in the reception and sealed the victory.

It was the kind of play that shows that while the Chiefs struggled to move the football on Sunday, they're still capable of making the improbable seem routine. In fact, it marked Hill's league-most seventh reception on third or fourth down in the final three minutes of regulation since the beginning of last season. All seven of those grabs moved the chains, and in several cases – just like we saw on Sunday – they put the game on ice.

The play should also go a long way for this group's confidence. Coach Reid maintained his faith in the passing game with the game on the line, and Mahomes didn't let him down.

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