The Kansas City Chiefs snuck out with a win on Sunday over the Atlanta Falcons, which put them in a prime position for the playoffs. With a win over the Falcons, the Chiefs officially clinched a first-round bye and home-field advantage in the AFC playoffs, per NFL Network’s Ian Rapoport.
With the win over the #Falcons, the #Chiefs clinched the playoff bye, as well as homefield advantage in the AFC playoffs.
— Ian Rapoport (@RapSheet) December 27, 2020
Due to the NFL extending the playoffs to seven teams in each conference, only one team in each conference gets a first-round bye. Nevertheless, with the Pittsburgh Steelers slipping up in recent weeks, Kansas City was able to keep the No. 1 seed in the AFC.
Things looked bleak for the Chiefs for the majority of Sunday’s contest versus the Falcons. However, like they typically do with Patrick Mahomes, Kansas City was able to make crucial plays late in the game when they needed them most.
At the same time, Younghoe Koo, the kicker for the Falcons, missed a game-tying 39-yard field goal with nine seconds remaining. Regardless of how it happened, the Chiefs won the game and have given themselves a chance to play all of their games at Arrowhead Stadium on their journey toward another Super Bowl.
Also, during Sunday’s game, Travis Kelce set the all-time NFL record for receiving yards for a tight end in a single season. Following Sunday’s narrow victory, Kelce now has 1,416 receiving yards and 11 touchdowns in his eighth season in the NFL.
To no one’s surprise, Kansas City sits atop the AFC and are poised to defend their title as Super Bowl champions.