Top 5 Headlines 12/16: Examining the Playoff Picture

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1. AFC playoff picture: Chiefs will be in if they win last two games

By The Kansas City Star - The Kansas City Star

"New England (11-3, owns the tiebreaker over the Broncos for the top seed after beating them 43-21 on Nov. 2), Denver (11-3) and Indianapolis (10-4) have clinched division titles in the AFC, and Cincinnati (9-4-1) has a half-game lead in the AFC North. Here are the teams leading the chase to get in as the two wild cards.

Pittsburgh, 9-5

Games left: vs. Chiefs, vs. Bengals"    READ MORE…

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Kansas City Chiefs fans during the Chiefs vs Raiders game on December 14, 2014

2. No touchdowns for Chiefs' wide receivers? No problem, says Andy Reid

By Terez Paylor - The Kansas City Star

"For all the grief his receivers have taken this season, Chiefs coach Andy Reid has consistently praised the attitude and approach they have taken.

That praise, by the way, is often aimed at No. 1 receiver Dwayne Bowe, who boasts a cap number of $12 million this year and leads a group of receivers who have not scored a touchdown this season."    READ MORE…

3. Return of the deep ball: Chiefs seize opportunity for big plays

By Jeffery Flanagan - Fox Sports

"There it was, about midway through the second quarter, something Chiefs fans likely couldn't identify at first.

Chiefs quarterback Alex Smith dropped back to pass and then, to the surprise of everyone, suddenly threw the ball seemingly as far as he could throw it."    READ MORE…

4. Chiefs break out of slump with scoring flurry

By AP - kcchiefs.com

"Andy Reid preached all week for the Kansas City Chiefs to rediscover their identity, to find the swagger that had gone missing during a three-game losing streak that put their playoff hopes in peril.

They found it during a five-minute stretch of the second half Sunday."    READ MORE…

5. Jamaal Charles, Tamba Hali look like they will be ready vs. Steelers

By Adam Teicher - ESPN.com

"Running back Jamaal Charles and outside linebacker Tamba Hali will be key players for the Kansas City Chiefs in Sunday's crucial game against the Steelers in Pittsburgh. Chiefs coach Andy Reid said Monday both players were in relatively good shape with regard to their injuries.

Charles has soreness in his knee and a sprained ankle. Hali has been dealing with swelling in his knee for a large part of the season."    READ MORE…

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