NFL season 2016

Play-off bound Kansas City Chiefs end Denver Broncos’ postseason hopes

Tight end Travis Kelce and wide receiver Tyreek Hill torched defence for a pair of early touchdown en route to a 33-10 victory

PUBLISHED : Monday, 26 December, 2016, 1:52pm
UPDATED : Monday, 26 December, 2016, 1:52pm

The Kansas City Chiefs wrapped up a spot in the play-offs on Sunday with a 33-10 victory over the Denver Broncos at a rain-soaked and windy Arrowhead Stadium.

Tight end Travis Kelce and wide receiver Tyreek Hill torched the Denver defence for a pair of early touchdowns, giving the Chiefs a lead they never relinquished.

Hill scored on a 70-yard running play and Kelce produced an 80-yard touchdown on a screen pass from quarterback Alex Smith.

About an hour before the game kicked off, the Chiefs had a spot in the play-offs secured courtesy of Pittsburgh’s 31-27 victory over Baltimore.

With the loss, the Broncos wiped away their chance of making the postseason and gave the final berth in the AFC field to the 10-5 Miami Dolphins.

The Chiefs are now 11-4 and headed to the play-offs for the third time in the four seasons under head coach Andy Reid.

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Kansas City still has a chance to win the AFC West if they can beat San Diego combined with a Denver victory over Oakland next Sunday.

The Raiders are one game ahead in the division at 12-3, but the Chiefs beat them twice this season.

The Broncos, now 8-7 will not be able to defend their Super Bowl title and it also ended their streak of consecutive AFC West titles at five (2011-15).

Kelce and Hill combined for 255 offensive yards on 17 touches, as the Kansas City offence rang up 484 yards against a Denver defence that had not allowed that type of opponent production since October 2013.

The Chiefs also forced a pair of Denver fumbles and grabbed a last-play interception, giving up only one touchdown and allowing the Broncos just 246 offensive yards.