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Arrowheadlines: Chiefs News 12/27

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Good morning everyone. Here is your late edition of Arrowheadlines as NJ Chiefs Fan exits Kansas City this morning after watching the Chiefs dominate the Titans. Enjoy.

The Associated Press: Chiefs top Titans 34-14 and win AFC West
His kids started "going crazy." His phone started ringing off the hook. Todd Haley knew good things must be happening in Cincinnati. They were. The Bengals upended the San Diego Chargers, making Haley's Kansas City Chiefs the worst-to-first champions of the AFC West on Sunday.

Flags fly when Chiefs get caught up in heat of the moment -
The Chiefs did everything but take anger management classes last week as they prepared to play the Tennessee Titans. They watched one video clip after another of the Titans hitting opponents at or after the whistle. They were lectured by coaches about not retaliating. Whatever the Chiefs did wasn’t enough.

Chiefs on their way to playoffs with win over Titans -
Even with the division championship secured, Haley barely acknowledged the Chiefs’ accomplishment. He still wouldn’t mention the word "playoff," one he also banned his players from using. "I probably won’t say it a whole bunch," Haley said. "Maybe we’ll just stay in that mode.

Chiefs bring postseason football back to a deserving KC -
Matt Cassel is one of the league’s most efficient quarterbacks, Jamaal Charles one of the best running backs, and Tamba Hali leads a defense that’s quickly gone from atrocious to something close to reliable, and finally, after three miserable seasons, the Chiefs are back in the playoffs. Even if they won’t say it. "You should stop typing it, too," Haley jokes.

Cassel turns in a clean performance at QB -
Chiefs coach Todd Haley actually pulled Cassel from the game for a series and planned on sending him back out in the fourth quarter — whether backup Brodie Croyle played well, or whether he threw an interception on his third snap, as he did in the Chiefs’ 34-14 victory over Tennessee. "It was a strategic area I felt had to get cleaned up," Haley said. "I have complete faith in Brodie, and it didn’t hurt Brodie to get some playing time, but we had to get something cleaned up strategically with Matt."

Chiefs playoff tickets go on sale today -
Jackson County taxpayers will get first crack at 10 a.m. for tickets to an AFC first-round game to be played either Jan. 8 or Jan. 9 at Arrowhead Stadium. The sale to the general public will begin at 5 p.m. Jackson County taxpayers can buy playoff tickets at the Arrowhead Stadium ticket office from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. by showing proof of property ownership during the presale. Proof of property ownership includes a current valid government issued photo identification and a personal or business current Jackson County personal or real property tax receipt.

Berry ices it with his interception return for TD -
"The pressure from the defensive line kind of forced the throw, and right after they got the pressure, they just turned around and started blocking," Berry said. "They turned into the greatest blockers I’ve ever seen. I just followed them. … I dove into the end zone, and I couldn’t really do anything because my teammates were so happy, I just celebrated with them. "They were kind of messing with me. I got tackled by the holder at Denver (while returning a missed field goal), so I had to get in there."

Tennessee Titans lose 34-14 to Kansas City Chiefs | | The Tennessean
"We didn't recover from the adversity we faced soon enough,'' guard Jake Scott said. "Everyone deals with adversity in this league and we didn't handle it well this year. … It was a culmination of everything, and you have to handle it, and we didn't.''

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