Chiefs Hang on to Clinch AFC One-Seed As Falcons Falcon

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The Kansas City Chiefs escaped against the Atlanta Falcons today, winning 17-14 after the Atlanta Falcons came up with yet another way to lose a game they should have won.

First, Falcons defensive back AJ Terrell dropped an interception that would have effectively clinched a victory. Patrick Mahomes hit Demarcus Robinson for a touchdown on the next play to give Kansas City the lead.

Then, Matt Ryan and the Falcons marched the ball down the field for a field goal attempt that would have forced overtime, but Younghoe Koo pushed a 39-yard field goal wide and the Chiefs escaped.

For weeks now, the Chiefs have been pulling out games where they looked lackadaisical for stretches. However, their talent has allowed them to get away with it for the time being, and the defending Super Bowl champions have clinched the no. 1 seed and the only first round bye in the AFC.

Written by Ryan Glasspiegel

Ryan Glasspiegel grew up in Connecticut, graduated from University of Wisconsin-Madison, and lives in Chicago. Before OutKick, he wrote for Sports Illustrated and The Big Lead. He enjoys expensive bourbon and cheap beer.


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  1. We’re here to shit on the Falcons. Don’t interrupt. KC beat the Saints partially because of an epically bad start by Brees, and just barely. You beat the Saints by three points with a Brees that was a no show for the entire first 5-6 drives. Congrats. I know you play down to your level of competition, but you might want to stop blowing sunshine up your own butt. I know the Saints are vulnerable (to more than just refs), you pretending like you’re not with CEH on the sideline, etc., isn’t going to help your self esteem.

    You sound a lot like an A&M fan, to be honest. Deflecting, denying, making excuses. Except y’all have actually won a championship. {Mic dropped.}

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