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Chiefs extend streak, will play Houston next week

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The Chiefs held off a late Raiders rally to secure a 23-17 victory Sunday and extend their winning streak.

The Chiefs head to the postseason having won 10 straight after a 1-5 start. The 10-game win streak is a franchise record.

They’ll be the AFC’s No. 5 seed and play at the Texans next weekend. The Bengals will be the No. 3 seed and host the Steelers. The Broncos won the AFC West and the No. 1 seed by holding off the Chargers Sunday.

The Chiefs led 14-0 after the first quarter Sunday on an Alex Smith touchdown pass to Jeremy Maclin and a Spencer Ware run. After the Raiders cut it to 14-10 at halftime the Chiefs got a safety on a blocked punt by D.J. Alexander, then a 15-yard pass from Smith to Demetrius Harris to make it 23-14 with 7:03 left in the third quarter.

The Raiders finish 7-9. They got a touchdown pass from Derek Carr to Michael Crabtree with 2:01 left Sunday to get within six points and got the ball back at their own 11 with 1:34 left but were unable to mount a drive.

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32 Responses to “Chiefs extend streak, will play Houston next week”
  1. doe22us says: Jan 3, 2016 7:54 PM

    Boy, they are going to whoop up on the Texans no lie lmao…

  2. azjahawkr says: Jan 3, 2016 7:57 PM

    Time to put the clown suit on for the fool that said he’d eat his phone and put it on YouTube if the faiders lost. We’re all waiting

  3. ronfromnm says: Jan 3, 2016 8:00 PM

    Congrats to the Chiefs for playing no teams with winning records for 7 straight weeks. Enjoy your one and done playoff appearance.

  4. orivar says: Jan 3, 2016 8:01 PM

    Any given game. Anything can happen, like what happened the other year where the Chiefs went up and the football gods said No! and struck them down with so many injuries

    But with that being said Texans better bring their game cause playoff Alex Smith is a beauty.

  5. famundacheese says: Jan 3, 2016 8:04 PM

    how stupid are the Eagles for giving Andy Reid 14 years to win, Hire his O-line coach as his DC and lose multiple big games when his team was heavily favored. Their fans are mean. Don’t they feel stupid. Figure I save everyone some time.

  6. shayeezy says: Jan 3, 2016 8:08 PM

    The Chiefs are going one and done opening at Houston? Agree to disagree. Who else in the AFC is scary? They already beat Peyton into a pulp in Denver, and they will feast on the Patriots banged up offensive line.

  7. joetoronto says: Jan 3, 2016 8:10 PM

    famundacheese says:
    Jan 3, 2016 8:04 PM

    how stupid are the Eagles for giving Andy Reid 14 years to win, Hire his O-line coach as his DC and lose multiple big games when his team was heavily favored. Their fans are mean. Don’t they feel stupid. Figure I save everyone some time.
    ***********************************************
    The fat man has won nothing.

    I guess if your goal is to make the playoffs and nothing else, you should be happy.

  8. raiderapologist says: Jan 3, 2016 8:10 PM

    The Chiefs might actually win a playoff game this season. But just one.

  9. chesswhileyouplaycheckers says: Jan 3, 2016 8:16 PM

    Why is the hottest team in the AFC not getting the press they deserve? I’m a Pats fan and the Chiefs are far and away the team that I’d least like to see them face.

  10. kcflake says: Jan 3, 2016 8:19 PM

    You forgot to mention Crabtree pushed our db Peters to the ground to get the td. no call. What a crock.

  11. kcflake says: Jan 3, 2016 8:23 PM

    The Chiefs are for real. They have played the last 4 Plus games without Justin Houston. They are also missing tamba hali, hussain abdullah, jamall charles. deanthony thomas. and many others. Chiefs backup players have stepped up. We will be getting a lot of our injured players back for the playoffs. 10 wins in a row is Amazing. Not lets win a playoff game or two as well. Go Chiefs!

  12. bullogne says: Jan 3, 2016 8:24 PM

    What happened to the Raider’s and their fans?

    They were talking plenty of smack when they beat the Broncos and Chargers and how this division was theirs going forward into next year.

    Reality check, Chiefs and Broncos are still pretty good.

  13. chieffanforlifehelpme says: Jan 3, 2016 8:26 PM

    I love the Einsteins stating the Chiefs beat no one during their 10 game win streak, making excuses of their wins over the Steelers (no Ben) and Broncos (washed up Manning). But, you know, they beat them without Charles. AND the mighty Steelers lost to the same Ravens team the Chiefs crushed (against Mallett, with Ben) and the same Raiders team TWICE that Denver lost to. (and #2 seed lost to MIAMI!) Your idiocy and jealousy is quite funny, actually. Keep thinking the Chiefs aren’t real. They’ve won 10 in a row and beat teams they had to to overcome a 1-5 start, while the #1 and #2 seeds lost to losing teams during the same 10 game stretch.

  14. mototax says: Jan 3, 2016 8:27 PM

    Chiefs are in the AFC West which is one click above the AFC South, two above the NFC East. If they overlook Houston, they’ll go home after one.

  15. jjackwagon says: Jan 3, 2016 8:47 PM

    Chiefs already beat Houston this year. They will do it again.

  16. lscratchingthesurface says: Jan 3, 2016 8:48 PM

    Chiefs will not look past Houston.

  17. beauregard says: Jan 3, 2016 8:51 PM

    It is now obvious that San Fransisco kept the wrong quarterback. KC did a strong job not quitting when starting 1-5 and losing Jamal Charles for the season. Alex Smith is the real deal and Andy Ried can coach.
    But everyone they play from here on out is good and has a winning record. They may win a playoff game but they aren’t going into Foxboro or Denver in January and come out alive.

  18. coloradotennisfan says: Jan 3, 2016 9:04 PM

    The Chiefs are the clear favorite against the Texans. The winning streak is impressive especially considering the dismal start. I am not sure that the Chiefs are for real. They have been shaky in December but still managed to win out so they are a team to watch. I am not sure there is a favorite in the AFC. Broncos have the home field advantage but they need to put two good halves together. Pittsburg and Kansas City are the teams to fear. I think that any team except Houston has a good shot.

  19. htowntexan says: Jan 3, 2016 9:05 PM

    Chiefs suck. Their winning streak is a joke against joke teams. They will be home watching from the couch after next week.

  20. Knute's Knuggets says: Jan 3, 2016 9:18 PM

    joetoronto says: The fat man has won nothing.
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    Nice to see Joe spreading his special brand of cheer beyond the Bengals boards.

  21. chaunce922 says: Jan 3, 2016 9:20 PM

    Gratz to the Chiefs they outplayed us for the majority of the game.

    Raiders had a good rebound season under a new staff and we never gave up even up to the last drive.

    Chiefs are legit, Oakland has one of the better offensive lines in the league (except for @ RG, Feliciano is terrible and probably aint worth a roster spot) And they bullied and push them around all game.

    Raiders have slowed up since Coops injury the last few weeks and the injuries and long season just looked to start catching up with them. Raiders lost 3 games on the last drive of a game this year and were in position to win one today, just fell short. 1 Good draft and the Raiders actually might be in the Wild Card next year, need too retool the secondary and add depth on both lines and give Carr another weapon or two.

  22. kcchiefs19 says: Jan 3, 2016 9:22 PM

    Official kept the game today from being a complete blow out…from the “no calls” on pass interference to the made-up unsportsmanlike, to the blatant targeting of Maclin…Score should have been 33-3.

    Notice the Classy Raiders fans on this poking fun of our coaches weight, commenting that we have “won nothing” (which can’t be true since we beat them…perhaps they have won nothing..we are playing next week), and avoiding commenting on how classless Woodson played his final game.

    Chiefs fans rejoice…the season was indeed lost and it turned around, time for us finally to seize the opportunity.

  23. raiderapologist says: Jan 3, 2016 9:36 PM

    kcflake says:
    Jan 3, 2016 8:19 PM

    You forgot to mention Crabtree pushed our db Peters to the ground to get the td. no call. What a crock.
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    Dude fell down. Right in front of the zebras. Do you really think Oakland is going to get homer calls on the road against a playoff team? The answer in no.

  24. slick50ks says: Jan 3, 2016 9:44 PM

    mototax says:
    Jan 3, 2016 8:27 PM
    Chiefs are in the AFC West which is one click above the AFC South, two above the NFC East. If they overlook Houston, they’ll go home after one

    ——————-

    Houston is in the South, moron.

    The AFC East in second in futility only to the South.

    About this game. Carr is nothing more than average. Glad they’re hitching their wagon to him going forward. He would have literally died on the field today if we had our pass rushers 100%.

  25. billswillnevermove says: Jan 3, 2016 10:18 PM

    Raiders…. Just flush them down the toilet! Go Chiefs!

  26. wledlund says: Jan 4, 2016 1:49 AM

    Houstons defense is way different than the one the Chiefs faced earlier this year.

  27. 8to80texansblog says: Jan 4, 2016 4:50 PM

    Last time these two teams met in the playoffs, one was riding a double digit win streak and had beaten the other earlier in the season.

    Time for payback….

    Plus, lets be honest… this is different Texans team than the Chiefs played in week 1.

    Texans defense has been nasty lately. Watt led the league in sacks, with a broken hand for a quarter of the season. Texans had the #3 defense this year after a TERRIBLE start. I mean they had 2 games in which they were behind 41-0….

    And there is no way Watt doesn’t win his 3rd DPOY… He led the league in sacks, sack yds, tfls, and QB hits. The guy continues to be a one man wrecking ball to opposing OLines.

    I think this game will be close. The loss of Duane Brown hurts though… a lot. I’m not going to kid myself, KC has very stiff pass rush.

    I am very much looking forward to the game. Go Texans.

  28. blogatron2000 says: Jan 4, 2016 5:12 PM

    Hoping the talking heads assigned to the playoff game have a different script than the guys who did the week 1 game. The never ending JJ Watt bromance got really old really fast.

  29. htown1035 says: Jan 5, 2016 10:31 AM

    1. 78 tackles, 17.5 sacks, 8 passes deflected, 3 forced fumbles.

    2. 78 tackles, 14 sacks, 7 passes deflected, 3 forced fumbles

    Number 1 is J.J. Watt’s totals for the season.

    Number 2 is the combination of Tamba Ali and Justin Houston’s totals for the season.

    Yeah, there’s a reason for the bromance…

  30. jjackwagon says: Jan 5, 2016 11:32 AM

    You can double team Watt. You can’t double team Houston AND Hali.

    I choose #2.

  31. jbaxt says: Jan 5, 2016 11:41 AM

    You forgot to mention Hali and Houston have missed a combined 7 games… Lucky for KC they have more than 1 player on defense. And high end players at each level.

    Keep in mind KC was without Sean Smith, Peters was playing his 1st career game, Maclin was new to KC, Berry was just getting back from cancer, Divito and DJ were coming off of Achilles injuries, Poe had back surgery, and the offense was driven by Charles. The team that’s truly different is the Chiefs. They’re due for a huge game, I hope it’s Saturday afternoon!

    No one in the AFC scares anyone, will be an interesting 3 weeks.

  32. htown1035 says: Jan 5, 2016 11:43 AM

    jjackwagon says:
    Jan 5, 2016 11:32 AM

    You can double team Watt. You can’t double team Houston AND Hali.

    I choose #2.

    —————————————————

    Teams have been double teaming Watt all year, and he still has those numbers.

    #1 for a clear reason.

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