Patrick Mahomes and the Kansas City Chiefs

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SEATTLE (AP) — For the second straight week http://www.miamidolphinsteamonline.com/michael-deiter-jersey , faltered in their attempt to send the entire AFC playoffs through Arrowhead Stadium.Rather than a relaxing Week 17 with a chance to rest players headed into the postseason, the Chiefs must avoid one more stumble that could cost them a division title and homefield advantage.“It’s frustrating knowing that we’ve had it so close both times. Luckily we are still in the position where we will have the opportunity to go out there and win it next week,” Mahomes said. “It is frustrating losing these games with the opportunity to win the AFC West and get the number one seed.”Kansas City’s 38-31 loss to Seattle on Sunday night prevented the Chiefs from wrapping up the AFC West and the No. 1 seed in the playoffs for the second straight week. Additionally, the loss exposed the biggest concern of the Chiefs headed into the postseason: a defense that was unable to get stops in important situations.Seattle had a season-high 464 total yards, including 210 rushing. The Seahawks were 7 of 14 on third downs and Russell Wilson was the equal to Mahomes, throwing for 271 yards and three touchdowns.A week after blowing a fourth-quarter lead and losing to the Los Angeles Chargers, the Chiefs were stuck playing from behind most of the night against Seattle and couldn’t overtake the Seahawks.“We all just have to get better. All phases of the game, we have to get better,” Chiefs defensive lineman Chris Jones said. “We’re gonna find a way Garrett Bradbury Jersey , we’re gonna find a way to get better. We still control our own destiny; we’re gonna finish this last game strong.”Offensively the Chiefs did enough and 31 points should have been plenty against Seattle. Mahomes had a few of his own magical moments that will enhance his MVP candidacy. But the Chiefs committed two key turnovers in the first half, one leading to points for Seattle and the other potentially costing the Chiefs a chance at points late in the first half.Mahomes was 23 of 40 for 273 and three TDs. Mahomes had only 83 yards passing in the first half. He had 76 yards and was 6 of 6 on Kansas City’s first possession of the second half, finishing the drive with a scrambling, sidearm fling to Charcandrick West for a 25-yard touchdown that pulled the Chiefs even at 17-all midway through the third quarter.That was the last time the teams would be even, despite Mahomes’ efforts. He threw an 11-yard TD pass to Demarcus Robinson with 4:36 left, but the Chiefs were unable to get a stop on Seattle’s next possession, watching Wilson complete key passes to David Moore, Tyler Lockett and Doug Baldwin, leading to Chris Carson’s second TD run with 2:29 left.Harrison Butker’s 32-yard field goal with 1:20 left pulled the Chiefs within seven Noah Fant Jersey , but an onside kick went out of bounds and Seattle ran out the clock.“I want to win every game. That’s what we want to do. But I’m also in a position where we got to fix the problems, learn from them. We are teachers here so we are going to go back and learn from our mistakes and get ourselves better,” Kansas City coach Andy Reid said. “In this league, it’s that close of a margin between winning and losing. So we just got to straighten a couple things out, and we will be OK. It seems extreme right now, but that’s not the reality of it. We fix a couple things and we will be all right.”The Chiefs played without two key starters in the secondary as Kendall Fuller and Ron Parker were inactive. Seattle took advantage of the young defensive backs thrown in their place with Baldwin having his best game of the season with seven catches for 126 yards and the Seahawks also drawing a number of key penalties that kept drives going.Reid said he wanted to see how some of those younger players responded to the opportunity of facing a quarterback like Wilson and an offense as diverse as Seattle’s. But the decision may have helped put Kansas City in the position of facing an uncomfortable Week 17, even if it comes against lowly Oakland.“I think we will be fine if we just take care of our business there,” Reid said. Coach Marvin Lewis got a two-year contract extension Tuesday, providing more chances to try to get the Cincinnati Bengals that playoff victory that has eluded him for 15 seasons.

The agreement came after a second straight losing season and two days of discussions with owner Mike Brown. Lewis has the second-longest active coaching tenure in the NFL http://www.cowboyscheapauthenticstore.com/trysten-hill-jersey-cheap , behind Bill Belichick’s 18 seasons with New England.

Unlike Belichick, who has won five Super Bowls and made two other appearances in the title game, Lewis is 0-7 in the playoffs, the worst coaching record in NFL history. The Bengals haven’t won a playoff game since the 1990 season, the sixth-longest streak of futility in league history.

Paul Brown Stadium was half-empty for the final home game, an indication fans had given up on the team and were hoping for change.

Instead, Brown decided to stay the course and keep Lewis, who wanted more say over the coaching staff and the roster if he stayed.

Brown’s aversion to change won out.

”Marvin has made significant contributions during his time here,” Brown said in a statement.

Lewis planned to meet the media on Wednesday. He said in a statement that he was committed ”to making the necessary improvements to put this team in the best position to win.”

Lewis has acknowledged that he would have been fired in any other NFL city. Instead Drew Lock Jersey , he’s gotten second and third chances – and now a 16th chance – to lead the Bengals to a postseason win. Brown, an owner who values loyalty, has decided to keep Lewis around.

It marks a stay-the-course coaching offseason for both of Ohio’s teams. The Browns are keeping coach Hue Jackson after they became only the second team in NFL history to go 0-16.

On Monday, Lewis said he was interested in staying only if he and ownership had a common vision for changes that needed to happen. He said the organization needs to do a better job building a roster that can contend for an AFC North title.

Lewis has by far the longest coaching tenure in team history – founder Paul Brown and Sam Wyche are tied for second at eight years – and a 125-119-3 record, including that 0-7 playoff mark.

Under Lewis, the Bengals have had some of their best regular seasons and some of the worst playoff moments.

The mastermind of Baltimore’s Super Bowl championship defense in 2000, Lewis came to Cincinnati before the 2003 season – a rare outside hire by the Brown family. Lewis turned the Bengals into a competitive team and then a playoff team after years of languishing as a laughingstock.

He hasn’t been able to win a playoff game, though. His best chance came in 2015, when the Bengals matched the franchise record with 12 wins and were in control in the final minutes of a playoff game against rival Pittsburgh at Paul Brown Stadium.

Lewis’ team unraveled http://www.broncoscheapauthenticstore.com/dre_mont-jones-jersey-cheap , fumbling to give Pittsburgh a final chance and then committing two unthinkable penalties – Vontaze Burfict and Adam ”Pacman” Jones got 15-yard fouls – that set up the Steelers’ field goal for an 18-16 win. It was one of the worst meltdowns in NFL playoff history.

At yet, Lewis survived it. His team never recovered. The Bengals won only six games last season. When Lewis and Brown met afterward, they couldn’t agree on terms of an extension of his deal that ended after the 2017 season.

A 23-20 Monday night loss to Pittsburgh on Dec. 4 essentially ended the Bengals’ chances. Paul Brown Stadium was less than half-full for the final home game, a 26-17 victory over the Lions on Dec. 24. In the final game at Baltimore, the Bengals rallied for a 31-27 win that eliminated the Ravens.

The Bengals now have to sell tickets by convincing fans that things are changing, even if the head coach is the same.

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