KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) There was no shortage of smiles inside the Kansas City locker room after the Chiefs unceremoniously dumped the Super Bowl champion Denver Broncos from the AFC playoff picture Sunday night.
Nor was there a sense of accomplishment.
The Chiefs knew even before kickoff they had locked up a wild-card spot, thanks to Pittsburgh rallying past Baltimore earlier in the day.
But their 33-10 rout of the Broncos kept alive their hopes of winning the AFC West, and with that comes a first-round bye and at least one home playoff game.
”Everyone just has to stay on task. We have so much ahead of us,” Chiefs defensive tackle Chris Jones said.
”We can still win the division, you know? Our hopes are farther than the playoffs. We want to win the division and clinch the bye. Our mind is on the next game. We are on to San Diego.”
The Chiefs (11-4) are a game back of Oakland (12-3) in the division race, but they hold the head-to-head tiebreaker by virtue of two wins over the Raiders earlier this season.
So, if the Chiefs win their regular-season finale at San Diego and the Broncos beat Oakland – which will be without quarterback Derek Carr, who broke his leg on Saturday – in a game that
Article source: http://www.foxsports.com/nfl/story/chiefs-set-sights-on-afc-west-title-easier-playoff-path-122616
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