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The Kansas City Chiefs may have surrendered the No. 1 seed in the AFC, but they did secure their eighth consecutive AFC West title by beating the Cincinnati Bengals 25-17 in Week 17.

The Chiefs are now locked into the No. 3 seed in the conference, while the Bengals’ playoff chances have fallen to just 6%, according to PFF’s model.

Offensive spotlight: Isiah Pacheco was questionable heading into the game, but he made a huge impact for the Chiefs offense, running 18 times for 130 yards and catching seven passes for 35 yards and a receiving touchdown. Pacheco forced three missed tackles on the ground and produced 102 yards after contact, averaging a very healthy 5.7 yards after contact per attempt on the day. 

Defensive spotlight: Second-year edge rusher George Karlaftis was a real handful for the Bengals offensive line, as he came away with two sacks and six hurries from 30 pass-rush snaps on first review. 

Rookie spotlight: Chiefs receiver Rashee Rice caught all five of his catchable targets for 127 receiving yards and four first downs. The first-year pass-catcher generated 90 yards after the catch, averaging 4.38 yards per route run in the contest.


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