Sunday, December 26, 2010
Wrap-up: Chiefs 34, Titans 14
By Bill Williamson
A look at a huge win for the Chiefs.
What it means: The Chiefs are now 10-5. If the Chargers (8-6) lose at Cincinnati on Sunday afternoon, the Chiefs will win the division for the first time since 2003. If not, the Chiefs will need to either beat visiting Oakland next week or have San Diego lose at Denver to avoid seeing San Diego win its fifth straight division title. Kansas City’s win Sunday eliminated the Raiders from playoff consideration.
Tomorrow’s talker: The Chiefs’ domination. This was a crucial game for the Chiefs. They needed to get this win and knock off Oakland and put pressure on the Chargers. I know there were some nervous folks in Kansas City, because the Titans have some ability. But the Chiefs took away any suspense by jumping all over the Titans. The Chiefs led 24-0 in the second quarter. Kansas City, which has won five of six games, meant business Sunday.
Berry impressive: Kansas City rookie safety Eric Berry made it a 31-7 game late in the first half when he returned an interception 54 yards for a touchdown. Berry rumbled right through the entire Titans’ offense on his way to the end zone. It was another big play from the No. 5 overall pick, who has had a very productive rookie season.
Iron Man: Kansas City center Casey Wiegmann has taken more than 10,000 consecutive snaps dating to 2001. Wiegmann, who returned to Kansas City this offseason, started the streak in 2001.
Trending: Kansas City is 7-0 at New Arrowhead Stadium. If the AFC West race extends into Week 17, the Chiefs will be very confident about their chances of clinching the division at home.
What’s next: It’s wait-and-see what happens Sunday in Cincinnati and then move on accordingly against Oakland for the surging Chiefs.