Chiefs put together to ‘heal’ forward of playoffs; Jaguars seal primary choose in draft



A slender 17-14 win for the Kansas Metropolis Chiefs in opposition to the Atlanta Falcons earned the reigning Tremendous Bowl champion the primary seed within the AFC with one recreation remaining.

Safe a victory subsequent week in opposition to the 6-9 Los Angeles Chargers, and the Chiefs end the season 15-1.

Common season job carried out, however the chase for a second Tremendous Bowl win in two years is now the precedence.

Securing the primary seed has been particularly essential this 12 months.

In a traditional season, 12 groups would advance to the playoffs — six from every convention, with the primary and two seeds awarded first spherical byes. The third to sixth seeded groups combat it off within the Wild Card spherical, earlier than dealing with one of many first and second seeds within the Divisional spherical video games.

On this coronavirus affected season, the NFL has elevated the variety of groups from 12 to 14. Consequentially, this 12 months solely the primary seed is awarded a bye for the opening spherical of the playoffs. That is along with incomes house discipline benefit all through the playoffs.

These advantages are essential. Owing to the unpredictable, coronavirus-affected scheduling, accidents have been on the rise and the additional relaxation may play a major function within the end result of the playoffs.
Talking after the sport, Chiefs coach Andy Reid stated, “We will use [the playoff bye-week] as a therapeutic time and get ourselves again wholesome and able to roll.”
Chiefs tight end Travis Kelce broke the record for receiving yards in a single season for a tight end, with a 98-yard receiving performance against the Falcons on Sunday.

Regardless of Sunday’s victory, the bullish Chiefs had been self-critical following the sport.

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Reid stated he was “proud” of the staff for its 14-1 report, however later added: “We simply weren’t as sharp as we should be.”

He additionally took accountability for a end result which, on paper, was nearer than it ought to have been in opposition to a Falcons staff that went into the sport with a 4-10 report.

Chiefs quarterback Patrick Mahomes was equally important of his efficiency.

He opened his press convention by saying: “First off, I’ve acquired to deal with fixing the issues that I made errors on through the recreation.”

Mahomes added: “The protection performed their tail off to maintain us in that recreation and provides us an opportunity, and the offense discovered a approach to rating a landing after we wanted to.

“In order that’s simply that ‘championship swagger’ that Tyrann [Mathieu] would say, of realizing when to win the sport even whenever you’re not taking part in properly.”

Tank for Trevor is over

On the different finish of the standings, the Jacksonville Jaguars have secured the wood spoon.

Within the eyes of many, that may be a job very a lot properly carried out.

Backside of the AFC, and with the worst report in the whole NFL, the Jaguars have been awarded with the primary general choose within the 2021 NFL Draft. Meaning they may get the chance to pick out generational quarterback expertise Trevor Lawrence from Clemson.

Having gained their season opener in opposition to the Indianapolis Colts, the Jags have now misplaced 14 consecutive video games.

Having won their opening game of the season against the Indianapolis Colts, the Jacksonville Jaguars have lost 14 consecutive games, finishing with the worst record in the NFL and earning them the first overall pick in the 2021 NFL Draft.

For a lot of the season, it appeared possible that the New York Jets would take the primary general choose. Two weeks in the past, they’d zero wins and appeared destined to clinch solely the third 0-16 season in NFL historical past.

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Shock wins in opposition to the LA Rams and Cleveland Browns, nevertheless, places the Jets at 2-13. Even when the Jaguars win subsequent week, and the Jets lose, Jacksonville has the primary choose tied up.

Lawrence gained the 2019 School Soccer Playoff Nationwide Championship with Clemson as a freshman and completed as a runner as much as the Joe Burrow-led Louisiana State in 2020.

He’ll lead the quantity two seed Tigers within the Sugar Bowl in opposition to third seed Ohio State. If Clemson win that recreation, Lawrence could have made three School Soccer Playoff Nationwide Championship finals in three years.

Clemson's Trevor Lawrence is the hottest prospect in college football, and if he declares for the 2021 NFL Draft, is very likely to be taken with the first overall pick by the Jacksonville Jaguars.
He’s thought-about to be doubtlessly the highest-rated faculty quarterback since Andrew Luck in 2012 or perhaps even Peyton Manning in 1998.
Lawrence has not but introduced whether or not he intends to depart faculty this season or stay for his senior season.

But when he declares for the 2021 NFL Draft, it’s extremely possible the league’s commissioner Roger Goodell might be calling his title earlier than another and that the 21-year previous will put on the black, teal and gold of Jacksonville.



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