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Sunday, January 2, 2011
Rapid Reaction: Raiders 31, Chiefs 10

By Bill Williamson

KANSAS CITY -- A look at the Kansas City Chiefs' 31-10 romp.

What it means: The Chiefs were playing for playoff seeding. While the Chiefs should have been motivated, the Oakland Raiders were the more focused team Sunday. The result was an impressive Oakland win. The Raiders finished .500 for the first time since 2002, when it went to the Super Bowl. The Chiefs had a chance to secure the No. 3 seed in the AFC playoffs with a win. Now, if the Colts beat the Titans on Sunday afternoon, Kansas City will be the No. 4 seed. The Chiefs, who clinched the AFC West last week, finished the regular season 10-6. It was the Chiefs’ first home loss of the season.

Tomorrow’s talker: Was Oakland’s big win and .500 season enough to save Tom Cable’s job? ESPN’s Adam Schefter reported earlier Sunday that Cable is unlikely to keep his job. The Raiders made progress under Cable this season. Oakland has to decide whether to exercise the option on Cable’s contract by Jan. 18. If Cable is fired, a logical replacement is offensive coordinator Hue Jackson. The Raiders’ offense more than doubled its point output from last season.

Trending: The Raiders finished the AFC West slate, 6-0. It is the first time since since the 1970 AFL-NFL merger that a team swept its division and did not make the playoffs. The previous 29 teams to accomplish the feat made the playoffs. Ultimately, Oakland was done in with a 2-8 record outside of the division.

What’s next: The Chiefs will play either the New York Jets or Baltimore Ravens in the wild-card round next weekend. The Raiders head to the offseason with the most hope for the future in eight years.