Top 5 Headlines 12/29: Justin Houston Makes History

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1. Chiefs' Justin Houston finishes 1/2 sack short of all-time sack record

By Jared Dubin - CBS Sports

"Kansas City Chiefs outside linebacker Justin Houston is working his way into the history books. Coming into Week 17, Houston needed at least 2.5 sacks to pass the late Derrick Thomas for Kansas City's single-season sack record. Thomas had 20 sacks in 1990, his second year in the NFL.

Early in the third quarter, Houston got his third sack of the day, giving him 21 on the season."    READ MORE…

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2. Chiefs Blitz: The good, the bad and the ugly from Sunday's win over the Chargers

By Terez Paylor - The Kansas City Chiefs

"1. What's the most important thing about this win?

The Chiefs keep their playoff hopes alive. By winning out, they are a virtual certainty to make the playoffs, and Sunday's convincing win is a nice start toward that goal. Pittsburgh and San Diego, both of which are also in the playoff hunt, will certainly be tougher than the hapless Raiders. But a loss would have been devastating for the Chiefs, and they avoided that scenario with a good win.

  1. What's the second-most important thing about this win?

You'd be hard-pressed to find a more miserable place on earth than the losing locker room of a football team, particularly one that started 7-3 and had lost four straight. That's what the Chiefs would have been dealing with if they lost. Losing football games opens up everybody to criticism — coaches, players, management. Sunday's win was important because it showed this team is still together, and still on a course to reach its goal, which is making the playoffs. Players and coaches alike should feel a sense of a relief. "    READ MORE…

3. Back-to-back winning seasons for Chiefs not without value

By Jeffrey Flanagan - Fox Sports

" It wasn't the playoffs, but the Chiefs' season wasn't a waste.

The John Dorsey-Andy Reid program logged its second straight winning season -- the team's first back-to-back winning seasons since 2005-06 -- and establishing a winning culture again is meaningful."    READ MORE…

4. How the crazy final hour unfolded in the race for the last AFC wild-card spot

By Pete Grathoff - The Kansas City Star

"The three-horse race for the final playoff spot was a wild and crazy affair for a little more than an hour on Sunday.

The Chiefs needed to win Sunday and have Houston and Baltimore lose."    READ MORE…

5. Rapid Reaction: Kansas City Chiefs

By Adam Teicher - ESPN.com

"What it means: The Chiefs did their part with regard to making the playoffs. They needed a victory over the Chargers as part of a three-game equation to reach the postseason, but wins by Baltimore and Houston kept the Chiefs on the outside looking in.

Stock watch: Quarterback Chase Daniel played about as well as could be expected as the emergency replacement for starter Alex Smith. Daniel, who learned Thursday night that he would be starting because Smith had a ruptured spleen, completed his first nine passes in getting the Chiefs off to a strong start offensively. The Chiefs sacked San Diego quarterback Philip Rivers seven times. Tight end Travis Kelce had seven catches for 84 yards. He finished the season as the Chiefs' leader in receptions and receiving yardage."    READ MORE…

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