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DENVER – The Kansas City Chiefs secured the AFC No. 2 playoff seed by beating the Denver Broncos 28-24 on Saturday, but did not look much like a team ready for a deep postseason run. They needed an 86-yard fumble return by linebacker Nick Bolton in the fourth quarter to suppress the Broncos.
The Chiefs will remain glued to their television on Sunday – the match between the Tennessee Titans and the Houston Texans in particular. Kansas City would end up with the AFC’s No. 1 seed and the conference’s only first round playoff farewell if the Titans lose to the Texans.
“I want to watch all the games,” quarterback Patrick Mahomes said. “Obviously, I want that game on TV and check it out.”
Unless Houston disrupts Tennessee, the Chiefs will host a wildcard playoff game next weekend, but they look like a team that could spend a week off. They battled the 7-10 Broncos, a team that came into the game with an average of less than 20 points per game. They had not scored more than 13 points in any of their three previous matches.
The Broncos not only scored 24 points but also had 364 yards, well above their season average of 328.
“If we do not say goodbye, we will be ready,” said Andy Reid, who with Saturday’s victory became the fifth coach in NFL history to win 250 games, including the playoffs. “At least we will use the time we have to get ready for the next match.”
The Chiefs have now won 13 games in a row against the Broncos, last losing in 2015 when Denver was quarterbacked by Peyton Manning.
The Chiefs, who ended the regular season 12-5, had previously won their sixth AFC West title in a row.