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Sunday, December 27, 2009
Wrap-up: Bengals 17, Chiefs 10

By Bill Williamson
ESPN.com

The Kansas City Chiefs addressed the defensive issues which plagued them last week and played tough at Cincinnati.

But in the end, it was another Kansas City loss. The Chiefs limp into the final game of the season with a 3-12 record. Kansas City has won a total of nine games since the start of the 2007 season.

Todd Haley’s team competed on Sunday, giving fans some hope. That hasn’t always been the case. Kansas City gave Cincinnati all it could handle before the Bengals pulled away late to clinch the AFC North title.

Kansas City was awful on defense and special teams last week. It improved in those areas.

Offensively, running back Jamaal Charles once again showed his potential. He had 102 yards on 24 carries. Charles outshined former Kansas City running back Larry Johnson. He is a backup in Cincinnati after being cut last month by the Chiefs. Johnson had 11 yards on four carries.

Still, the bottom line is it’s another defeat for a franchise that is about to end another dreadful season.