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Chiefs beat Dolphins, set franchise record with back to back AFC West titles

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The KC Chiefs beat the Dolphins and for the first time in franchise history have won back to back AFC West titles.

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The Kansas City Chiefs beat the Miami Dolphins 29-13 to clinch the AFC West title. The Chiefs are headed to the playoffs for the third consecutive years and for the first time in franchise history they have won the AFC West in back to back seasons.

The Chiefs have a 4,000 yard passer this season (Alex Smith), two 1,000 yard receivers (Travis Kelce and Tyreek Hill) and a 1,000 yard rusher (Kareem Hunt). What a season for the Chiefs, who finish up the regular season next week at the Broncos.

That game next week against the Broncos could feature Patrick Mahomes as the Chiefs could choose to sit their starters. Andy Reid has done that in the past so I would expect that.

Full stats are here.

Fourth quarter

Chiefs K Harrison Butker pulled a Cairo Santos and banked it off the upright for a FG to make it 29-13.

Chiefs FG makes it 26-13 early in the fourth quarter.

Third quarter

Marcus Peters forced his fifth turnover in the past seven quarters (two interceptions, two forced fumbles, one fumble recovery).

Was this a catch? The refs say no.

The Chiefs started the second half with the ball and drove right down and scored what they thought was a Tyreek Hill TD. The refs ruled he didn’t catch a pass in the end zone so the Chiefs kicked a FG instead. 23-13, Chiefs.

Second quarter

Another long pass to Tyreek Hill (33 yards) puts the Chiefs in FG range to take a 20-13 lead at halftime.

Ugh, the Chiefs defense can’t tackle. 17-13, Chiefs.

Chiefs take 17-6 lead late in the second quarter on the heels of Kareem Hunt, who has 61 yards on 12 carries so far on the day.

So close:

Dolphins kick another FG to make it 10-6 Chiefs in the second quarter.

Chiefs take 10-3 lead with a great 9-yard touchdown pass from Alex Smith and catch from Travis Kelce. Cool shot from a fan:

Alex Smith threw a 53-yard DIME to Tyreek Hill.

First quarter

The Dolphins get down the field and kick a field goal on their second offensive drive to tie the game at 3.

The Chiefs looked good but came up short on third and short. The Chiefs settled for a field goal to take a 3-0 lead.

Derrick Johnson (forced fumble) and Marcus Peters (fumble recovery) team up for a turnover on the Dolphins first drive of the game.

Pregame

On Saturday Chiefs WR Tyreek Hill tweeted this:

Nuts and bolts

Location: Arrowhead Stadium, Kansas City, Missouri

Game time: Sunday, December 24, 2017, 12 p.m. (Arrowhead Time)

TV channel: CBS (Do I get the game?)

Online streaming: NFL Sunday Ticket | NFL Game Pass (Free 7-Day Trial) | CBS All Access

Radio: 101.1 The Fox (Mitch Holthus and Kendall Gammon) | Spanish Radio Broadcast: KCZZ 1480 AM (Tico Sports) | Full listings

Matchup history: Tied 13-13 all time

Odds: Chiefs are 10.5-point favorites

Prediction: Dolphins 20 Chiefs 26

Announcers: Kevin Harlan, Rich Gannon, Jenny Dell (sideline)

Enemy blog: The Phinsider

Twitter: @ArrowheadPride

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Chiefs 2017 schedule

  1. Chiefs 42 Patriots 27
  2. Eagles 20 Chiefs 27
  3. Chiefs 24 Chargers 10
  4. Redskins 20 Chiefs 29
  5. Chiefs 42 Texans 34
  6. Steelers 19 Chiefs 13
  7. Chiefs 30 Raiders 31
  8. Broncos 19 Chiefs 29
  9. Chiefs 17 Cowboys 28
  10. Bye
  11. Chiefs 9 Giants 12
  12. Bills 16 Chiefs 10
  13. Chiefs 31 Jets 38
  14. Raiders 15 Chiefs 26
  15. Chargers 13 Chiefs 30
  16. Dolphins, 12/24, 12 pm, CBS
  17. at Broncos, 12/31, 3:25 pm, CBS