With their win over the Pittsburgh Steelers in Week 16, the Kansas City Chiefs did more than just secure their postseason berth for the 2021 season. They also put away the AFC West for the year after watching the Los Angeles Chargers somehow lose to the Houston Texans in Week 16.
The Chiefs’ claim on the AFC West title in ’21 is their sixth straight division title, extending their franchise record run that was set last season (and the season before). It’s a run that’s unparalleled in team history and even for any other team in the division to this point.
For some perspective on just how incredible this run is for the Chiefs, this team had never before won two AFC West titles in a row—ever! That means when the Chiefs first won the West in 2016 and 2017, that was also a record-setting season for Kansas City. Of course, since then, head coach Andy Reid has also claimed the division title in 2018, 2019, 2020, and now 2021.
The Chiefs have won their sixth consecutive AFC West title.
What’s even more amazing is that the Chiefs were in second place for three full seasons before this current run and look like they are set to sit atop the division for the next few years as well—at least trusting that Patrick Mahomes remains healthy and that Reid remains head coach.
Of course, Chiefs Kingdom won’t be satisfied with division titles at this point and that goes double for any coaches, players, and staff members. This current team will be measured in Super Bowls in the larger picture just knowing the amount of young talent in place here. The window is wide open for the Chiefs both in the present and in the years to come.
Still, it’s nice to stop and appreciate these moments when they happen for a franchise and realize just how incredible this run of success really is for the Chiefs. History is being made week by week and year by year and longtime fans know how rare this period of Chiefs football really is.