SEATTLE — The Kansas City Chiefs, who neglected in chances to clinch the AFC West championship the past two weeks, have one more opportunity to make matters right.
The Chiefs would win against the AFC West, get a first-round bye and have home-field advantage throughout the AFC playoffs by beating the Oakland Raiders following Sunday at Arrowhead Stadium.
But by winning the AFC West at 11-5, the Chiefs wouldn’t necessarily get yourself a first-round bye or even home-field advantage.
In case the Chiefs miss next weekend and also the Chargers win, then the Chiefs could find yourself a wild-card play off berth.
Of the Chiefs’ four losses, Sunday’s was the first with over three points.
“In this match, it’s that close, the margin between winning and winning,” said Chiefs coach Andy Reid, holding his index finger near his thumb. “We have got to sew a couple things outside and we are going to be OK. It seems extreme right today but that is not the reality of it. Should we fix a couple of things we’ll be right.
“We’ve got an opportunity to finish this thing the ideal way. It’s important that we do this, we pull it all together and make ourselves ready to go. If we play with the way we could play and we’re going to play with, we’re a tough team on the market, nearly as well as any in the National Football League.”
That is tied with Dan Marino for the most in a year.
However, Mahomes completed only 23 of 40 passes for 273 yards.
“Losing games,” Mahomes said when asked what was the larger concern, the way the Chiefs are playing or the truth that they haven’t clinched the division despite the two chances to achieve that. “We have been in every match which we’ve lost, however, you must figure out strategies to succeed. … We haven’t lately. That is the frustrating matter.
“You can not be satisfied with what’s gotten us here. This is when it counts. … We are not satisfied with being “
In three December games since, they’ve escaped with a win from the Baltimore Ravens, also lost with a combined eight points into the Chargers and Seahawks.