In a season that has had its share of dramatic moments, Sunday at home against the overmatched Tennessee Titans, the Chiefs laid a beating on them to take home a rather easy 34-14 victory, clinching the AFC West following the Chargers upset loss in Cincinnati.
The win pushed the Chiefs to 10-5 and with the Chargers loss to the Bengals, means the Chiefs have their first division crown since 2003.
The Chiefs play Oakland next Sunday at Arrowhead in a game meaningless in the standings. They will then play a first-round playoff game at home on either January 8th or 9th. The opponent will be either the Ravens, Steelers or Jets, and that won’t be decided till next weekends outcome.
Matt Cassel threw for 314 yards and three touchdowns on 24-of-34 efficiency. Jamaal Charles carried 13 times for 77 yards and had the first two-touchdown receiving game of his career while Dwayne Bowe added six grabs for 153 yards and a score.
The Chiefs reached double-figures in wins for the first time since 2005. They are 7-0 at Arrowhead.
“I think it’s a huge accomplishment,” Cassell said about winning 10 games and engineering the biggest one-season turnaround in team history. “It’s a huge turnaround for us, being 4-12 and going through the year we did last year. We faced a ton of adversity that was very difficult to handle at times, so, it’s remarkable to say the least. Everybody embraced the challenge to come in and work hard in the off-season, the camps and now throughout the year and it has put us into a great position.”