Going into yesterday’s game against the Jaguars, the Chiefs playoff chances were looking slim. They absolutely had to beat the Jaguars plus they needed help from three other games. Cincinnati had to lose, Tennessee had to lose, and Denver had to lose to a 6-9 Forty Niners team in Denver.
Kansas City took care of business at Arrowhead Stadium knocking off Jacksonville 35-30. The Bengals fell to the Steelers and Tennessee lost to New England. The Broncos couldn’t score on their three overtime possessions and Joe Nedney kicked the Chiefs into the playoffs with a game-winning field goal for San Francisco. Now, after looking licking their wounds all week, the Chiefs must recover in time to travel to Indianapolis and take on the Colts. Kansas City is the sixth seed and final wild card team in the AFC playoffs.
Larry Johnson – easily the team’s MVP this year – did his part rushing for 138 yards on 33 carries and three touchdowns. Johnson’s 416 carries on the season is a new NFL record for carries in a season, breaking Jamal Anderson’s mark of 410 set with the Falcons in 1998. Johnson’s 1,789 yards broke the team single-season rushing record of 1,750 that he set last year in only nine starts.