HOUSTON — The Kansas City Chiefs, a franchise that in the first 55 years of its existence never won so much as back-to-back division titles, clinched their seventh consecutive AFC West championship Sunday by beating the Houston Texans 30-24 in overtime.
The Texans (1-12-1) made things interesting for the Chiefs (11-3). Houston led 14-13 at halftime, and Kansas City didn’t take its first lead until nine minutes remained in the third quarter.
But on their second possession of overtime, following a Texans fumble on their only offensive play in the extra session, Chiefs running back Jerick McKinnon rushed 26 yards for the game-winning touchdown.
The seven straight division titles is tied with the Los Angeles Rams (1973-79) for the second longest streak in NFL history. The New England Patriots won the AFC East title 11 straight seasons from 2009 to 2019.
Kansas City also holds the longest active division run in the NFL, NBA, MLB or NHL, according to the Elias Sports Bureau.
The Chiefs are chasing the Buffalo Bills (11-3) for the AFC’s No. 1 playoff seed. The top seed gets the conference’s only first-round bye and home-field advantage until the Super Bowl. The Chiefs haven’t played a road playoff game since Patrick Mahomes became their starting quarterback in 2018.
The Bills hold the tiebreaker over the Chiefs because of a 24-20 victory in Kansas City in Week 6.
Chiefs need OT to beat Texans en route to 7th straight division title