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Chiefs beat Patriots in Foxboro to clinch AFC West

Kansas City has now beaten the Top-2 teams in the AFC, downing the Ravens and Patriots.

Kansas City Chiefs quarterback Patrick Mahomes passes the ball during the first half against the New England Patriots at Gillette Stadium. Paul Rutherford-USA TODAY Sports

The 8-4 Chiefs went into Foxboro to take on the 10-2 Patriots and came out victorious 23-16. Tom Brady hooked up with Julian Edelman on a 37-yard touchdown on their first drive, but Kansas City took the lead on a Travis Kelce touchdown and kept the lead throughout.

The Chiefs have now clincched the AFC West with the Raiders losing to the Titans. They also beat the Ravens earlier in the season, now giving them the tiebreaker over the Top-2 seeds in the AFC. At 9-4, they are one game behind the Patriots and two behind the Ravens with three games remaining. Passing the Ravens is probably a pipe dream but Brady and the Patriots have looked human of late.

The Patriots have two cupcake matchups with the Dolphins and Bengals but do face the Bills again. If Kansas City can win out against the Broncos, Bills and Chargers and the Bills upset the Patriots, they’ll have the No. 2 seed in the AFC.

The Patriots loss also give the Bills a window of hope, as they also lost to the Ravens on Sunday. They are one game behind New England and get that matchup to try to even things up. The Patriots still control the No. 2 seed and the AFC East but that control has budged with two losses in a row.