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 finished, 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 yr.
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 going through 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 yr solely the primary seed is awarded a bye for the opening spherical of the playoffs. That is along with incomes dwelling discipline benefit all through the playoffs.
Regardless of Sunday’s victory, the bullish Chiefs have been self-critical following the sport.
Reid stated he was “proud” of the crew for its 14-1 document, however later added: “We simply weren’t as sharp as we should be.”
He additionally took accountability for a consequence which, on paper, was nearer than it ought to have been in opposition to a Falcons crew that went into the sport with a 4-10 document.
Chiefs quarterback Patrick Mahomes was equally crucial of his efficiency.
Mahomes added: “The protection performed their tail off to maintain us in that recreation and provides us an opportunity, and the offense discovered a strategy to rating a landing once we wanted to.
“In order that’s simply that ‘championship swagger’ that Tyrann [Mathieu] would say, of understanding when to win the sport even once you’re not taking part in effectively.”
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 could be a job very a lot effectively finished.
Backside of the AFC, and with the worst document in your entire 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 received their season opener in opposition to the Indianapolis Colts, the Jags have now misplaced 14 consecutive video games.
For a lot of the season, it seemed seemingly that the New York Jets would take the primary general choose. Two weeks in the past, that they had zero wins and seemed destined to clinch solely the third 0-16 season in NFL historical past.
Shock wins in opposition to the LA Rams and Cleveland Browns, nonetheless, 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 received 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.
But when he declares for the 2021 NFL Draft, it’s extremely seemingly the league’s commissioner Roger Goodell will probably be calling his identify earlier than another and that the 21-year outdated will put on the black, teal and gold of Jacksonville.