Chiefs bounce Broncos from playoff contention

However, defeating the Broncos in a convincing fashion at Arrowhead Stadium on Christmas night also kept the team in contention for the AFC West crown and possibly hosting a home playoff game.

The Chiefs got on the board first, courtesy of a 10-yard scramble by Alex Smith, who was sprung by a nice block from Kelce on their opening possession.

When Chiefs defensive tackle Dontari Poe pulled a bloated Tebow last night, he broke a record previously set by JaMarcus Russell: Heaviest player ever to throw a touchdown pass. They were close enough to score a touchdown and we stopped them in the run a couple of times, so they came with a fake-run pass.

On their next opportunity with the ball, the Chiefs lined Hill up in the backfield, where he took a handoff from Smith, went wide left and ran for a 70-yard touchdown.

As the enormous man in red throwing a touchdown pass suggests, Sunday did not go well for the Denver Broncos. If Denver upsets the Raiders and the Chiefs beat San Diego, it will be Kansas City that wins the AFC West.

Denver enters their game against Kansas City on Sunday needing a win to keep their season alive. The game never appeared in doubt, lessening the team's sense of urgency.

In the second quarter, the game remained fairly stagnant aside from one field goal-producing drive from the Broncos.

The Dolphins also would be the fifth seed if they lose next Sunday but finish in a three-team tie, at 10-6, with Kansas City and Denver.

"There's no division. That's battling and that's part of football", Broncos coach Gary Kubiak said. The last time Kansas City won both games against its longtime divisional rival was in 2000.

There's a number of important skills that go into playing winning football, and the Kansas City Chiefs lack what may the most important skill of all: scoring consistently. But their 14-0 lead would soon be compromised, as Smith - who finished 25 of 36 for 244 yards - unleashed a floater over the middle after being drilled by a free blitzer.

Even the Broncos, who were eliminated from the playoffs, didn't seem to mind being on the other end of the Hefty Heave. Two plays later, running back Justin Forsett found the end zone on a 1-yard run.

Kicker Cairo Santos missed two of the seven kicks that he attempted against the Broncos. Oakland will have something to play for while the Broncos will not.