Kansas City Has Clinched the AFC West Thanks in Part to the Bengals

Shannon HollenbeckContributor IDecember 26, 2010

KANSAS CITY, MO - DECEMBER 26:  Receiver Dwayne Bowe #82 of the Kansas City Chiefs is congratulated by fans as he jumps into the stands after making a 75 yard touchdown catch during the game against the Tennessee Titans on December 26, 2010 at Arrowhead Stadium in Kansas City, Missouri.  (Photo by Jamie Squire/Getty Images)
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Despite what the sports gurus have been saying right up to this week, San Diego is not going to the playoffs. Kansas City did what they needed to do today and brought home a win. San Diego failed to do so, thus assuring the Chiefs of a trip to the playoffs.

The Tennessee Titans didn't have enough to stop the Chiefs from getting their 10th win of the season, which guaranteed them to remain in the lead going into week 17. All Kansas City had to worry about after that was the Raiders (no small worry to be sure). However, thanks to the Cincinnati Bengals (whose play belied the fact they have no shot at the playoffs this season), we don't have to wait on the results of that game to see if we make post season. 

We have heard the following all season:

Kansas City's record is a fluke. They are a good team only on paper. Perhaps most annoying, they have the division lead because of their easy schedule. The season finish doesn't get much easier than Cincinnati and Denver folks.

Kansas City lost the games they were supposed to drop, and with one exception, won the games they were supposed to win. To be frank, if the other teams in the division had done the same, we would not be going to the playoffs. 

We did it! We're going to the playoffs, which is more than many of us hoped at the beginning of the season. Now let's get behind our team and cheer them on. Many will say (including some of us) we won't make it past round one. They may be right, but then again, few of those people thought we'd make it this far.

Naysayers can call it what you will: luck, a fluke, a gift. Who cares; that doesn't take the division crown away from us. Now let's top off our best season in five years with a win against Oakland to put a cap on our division championship and make it our best season in seven years instead!

PS. John, my friend, you were right. I was wrong, and I've never been happier to be proven wrong.