In what has been one of the most emotional and controversial weeks in NFL history, the Kansas City Chiefs headed to Vegas with only one thing on their mind: win.
And that they did.
With their win 31-13 win over the Raiders on Saturday, the Chiefs are the top seed, but Friday’s vote by owners means that they not be hosting the AFC title game if they advance that far. The results of games involving the Bills and Bengals will determine if that’s the case.
Chiefs quarterback Patrick Mahomes strengthened his case for the NFL Most Valuable Player award on Saturday as well by setting a single-season NFL record. Mahomes entered the game needing 186 yards to surpass former Saints star Drew Brees for the most total yards by a quarterback in a season. Brees had 5,562 total yards in the 2011 season, and Mahomes beat that mark in the second quarter of the game in Las Vegas with a 14-yard run.
Despite the accomplishment, he fell short of breaking Peyton Manning’s record of most passing yards in a season.
Kansas City averaged a scorching 8.4 yards per play in the first half and did more than enough to keep the Raiders’ offense off the field. And defensively, the Chiefs were dominant as well, as the Raiders could not score their first touchdown until less than seven minutes left in the game.
And now, the Chiefs can sit back, relax, and await what happens next in playoff outcomes.