Good job, good effort, Chiefs.
Kansas City Chiefs won their season finale against the San Diego Chargers, 19-7, to finish the season with a 9-7. Unfortunately, the Chiefs did not get the help they needed from the Cleveland Browns and Jacksonville Jaguars to make the playoffs.
The Chiefs’ season is done.
It wasn’t without an excellent performance from the defense and a fine outing from Chase Daniel. Kansas City held the Chargers offense to 7 points for the day, and finished the season without allowing a 300-yard passer on the season. That’s a remarkable performance from a defense that lost so much due to injury.
Justin Houston set a new franchise record for sacks in a single-season by recording four sacks today to take his total up to 22. Houston is a free agent after the season but he is likely to either get a new contract or be given the franchise tag. His remarkable season will likely make him one of the highest paid non-quarterbacks in the NFL.
Chase Daniel had a solid game in relief of Alex Smith, who was out with a lacerated spleen. Daniel completed 16 of 27 passes for 157 yards, no touchdowns, and no interceptions. It wasn’t a tremendous performance by any means, but it may be enough to potentially trade him for a pick this offseason. Kansas City has to make a decision on one of Tyler Bray, Aaron Murray, and Daniel this offseason anyway. Daniel would save the Chiefs nearly $4 million in cap space if they let him go or traded him.
Sunday was Daniel’s first career NFL win.
Obviously this wasn’t the ending to the season the Chiefs wanted but it is the second-straight winning season for the Chiefs. It is the first time the Chiefs have had back-to-back winning seasons since 2005-2006. Their 20 wins in the last two years is the most in consecutive seasons since 2003-2004.
A big offseason is coming. Get a guard or two, a wide receiver or two, and a corner and maybe the Chiefs will be a serious contender next season.