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Emotion drives Chiefs to drought-breaking win

3 December 2012 06:03

The Kansas City Chiefs defied an unthinkable tragedy to win on Sunday as New England, Denver and Atlanta all took out their division titles.

Just one day after Chiefs linebacker Jovan Belcher shot his partner Kasandra Perkins before turning the gun on himself, the Kansas City franchise responded by snapping an eight-match losing streak through a 27-21 victory over the Carolina Panthers.

Brady Quinn threw for 201 yards and two touchdowns as he was ably assisted by Jamaal Charles, who ran for 127 yards, in an emotional performance by the side.

General manager Scott Pioli and coach Romeo Crennel looked on, helping the team to victory, despite both officials being with Belcher at the Chiefs' training facility when he took his life on Saturday.

The result, though, only improves Kansas City's record to 2-10 this season in the AFC West on the same day that the Denver Broncos took out the division title through a 31-23 win over Tampa Bay.

Peyton Manning threw three touchdown passes as the Broncos produced their seventh consecutive win, the result also sealed the NFC South title for Atlanta.

The Patriots, meanwhile, produced a 23-16 win over the Miami Dolphins to take out the AFC East, the team winning their division for the 15th time.

Despite Patriots quarterback Tom Brady having one of his least efficient games, the New England franchise were able to take advantage of numerous Miami mistakes on their way to the win, with the result meaning Brady now has a record 10 division titles to his name, one better than Joe Montana.

In other results, rookie Greg Zuerlein kicked a 54-yard field goal with 26 seconds remaining in overtime to lead the St. Louis Rams to a 16-13 win over the San Francisco 49ers.

And to make matters worse for San Francisco, the Seattle Seahawks maintained the pressure on the NFC West-leading 49ers by beating the Chicago Bears 23-17.

Brandon Weedon, meanwhile, threw for a career-best 364 yards as the Cleveland Browns held off the Oakland Raiders 20-17 on Sunday.

The Buffalo Bills also kept their slim playoff chances alive through a dominant 34-18 win over the Jacksonville Jaguars, while Andrew Luck's 14-yard touchdown pass helped the Indianapolis Colts secure a dramatic 35-33 come-from-behind win over the Detroit Lions.

Adrian Peterson posted 210 yards for the Minnesota Vikings, but it was not enough to stop them falling 23-14 to the Green Bay Packers as the Houston Texans claimed a playoff position for the second consecutive year in a 24-10 win over Tennessee Titans.

The Pittsburgh Steelers also beat the Baltimore Ravens in a 23-20 win as the Cincinnati Bengals produced a late 20-13 victory over the San Diego Chargers and the Dallas Cowboys defeated Philadelphia 38-33 in the Sunday evening match.

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