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Upon Further Review: 10 Quick Facts About Sunday’s Division-Clinching Win Over Oakland

The Kansas City Chiefs defeated the Oakland Raiders in convincing fashion on Sunday afternoon to lock up a third-straight division title and the No. 1 seed in the AFC.

Here are 10 quick notes about the victory.

1. Quarterback Patrick Mahomes made some more history

It’s been nothing short of a thrilling season for Kansas City’s 23-year-old quarterback, and with 281 passing yards and a couple of touchdowns on Sunday, Mahomes joined some elite company.

The second-year quarterback finished the year with 5,097 passing yards and 50 touchdowns, becoming just the second player in NFL history to top 5,000 yards and 50 scores in a single season.

Only future Hall of Fame quarterback Peyton Manning has reached those lofty numbers before, doing so in 2013.

Furthermore, Mahomes is just the third signal caller in league history to toss 50 or more touchdowns in a season, joining Manning and Tom Brady (50 in 2007), and the seventh to pass for at least 5,000 yards.

With his first campaign as a starting quarterback behind him, Mahomes owns the single-season franchise marks for completions (383), touchdowns, passing yards, 300-yard games (10) and 100.0+ passer rating games (13).

Simply put, Mahomes’ season was absolutely ridiculous.   

2. Wide receiver Tyreek Hill completed the most productive season by a pass-catcher in franchise history

Hill finished the year with 1,479 yards through the air, which ranked fourth in the NFL and broke Derrick Alexander’s franchise record for receiving yards in a single season.

The speedy Hill broke the record on a 67-yard touchdown catch to open the scoring for Kansas City, and fittingly enough, Alexander was watching from the stands.

Hill finished the year with 12 receiving touchdowns, which are tied for the second-most in team history. The touchdown also marked Hill’s 16th score of at least 50 yards during his brief career, moving him into a tie with Gale Sayers for the most 50-yard touchdowns before turning 25 in NFL history.

3. Tight end Travis Kelce completed one of the best seasons by a player at his position ever

Kelce hauled in 103 catches this year, which, as Sports Radio 810’s Soren Petro points out, are the most during a single season in franchise history.

Kelce also finished 10th in the league with 1,336 yards through the air and briefly owned the top spot in NFL history for receiving yards in a single season by a tight end, breaking the record set by Rob Gronkowski in 2011.

Kelce only owned the record for a matter of hours, as the San Francisco 49ers’ George Kittle moved past Kelce with a big fourth quarter later in the day, but it was still a remarkable year nonetheless.

4. Together, Kelce and Hill were the most prolific pair of teammates in NFL history

Both with big years in the books, Kelce and Hill are the first pair of teammates in league history to each tally 1,300 receiving yards and 10 touchdowns during a single season.

Only four players reached those marks this season, and the Chiefs have two of them.

5. Tailback Damien Williams found the end zone once again

Williams has been efficient and productive in his three starts at running back for Kansas City, amassing 322 yards from scrimmage and four touchdowns in those games.

The veteran running back’s six touchdowns since Week 14 rank second in the NFL to only the Tennessee Titans’ Derrick Henry (7).

6. It all helped Kansas City post one of the best offenses that the league has ever seen

The Chiefs finished the season with 565 points, which are the third-most in NFL history behind only the 2013 Denver Broncos (606) and 2007 New England Patriots (589).

7. The defense took the ball away four times

Safety Daniel Sorensen and linebacker Reggie Ragland each picked off Raiders’ quarterback Derek Carr in the first half, marking the first interception on the year for both players and the first of Ragland’s career.

It broke a streak of 10-straight games for Carr without an interception.

Defensive end Allen Bailey and linebacker Justin Houston also managed to take the ball away on defense, as both players forced and recovered fumbles in the first half.

In all, the Chiefs forced a turnover on each of Oakland’s first four possessions, marking their most in a first half since Week 3 of the 2013 season.

Additionally, it’s worth mentioning that linebacker Dee Ford forced yet another fumble later in the game, and while the Raiders recovered that one, it moved Ford into a tie with Texans’ defensive end J.J. Watt for the most forced fumbles in the NFL this season (7).

8. Kansas City finished the year tied for the most sacks in the NFL

The Chiefs tallied two sacks on the day to push their season-total to 52 on the year, matching the Pittsburgh Steelers for the league-lead. It’s the third-most sacks during a single season in franchise history, trailing only the 1990 (60) and 1997 (54) campaigns.

Defensive end Chris Jones led that effort with 15.5 sacks, which ranked third in the league behind Los Angeles Rams’ defensive tackle Aaron Donald (20.5) and Watt (16.0). Ford wrapped up the regular-season with a career-high 13.0 sacks while Houston had 9.0.

9. The Chiefs continued their run of dominance over the AFC West

Kansas City won for a 10th time in their last 11 divisional matchups at Arrowhead Stadium on Sunday, securing a third-consecutive AFC West crown.

It’s the first time in franchise history that the Chiefs have won the division three times in a row.

10. Head Coach Andy Reid moved up the all-time wins list

Sunday’s victory was the 206th of Reid’s career, moving him past Marty Schottenheimer for the seventh-most wins (regular and postseason) in NFL history.

Chuck Noll is next up on the list with 209 wins, which Reid could match if the Chiefs win the Super Bowl.

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