CHIEFS WIN RECORD-SETTING SIXTH-CONSECUTIVE AFC WEST TITLE: With today’s 36-10 win, Kansas City has claimed a franchise-record sixth-consecutive division title dating back to the 2016 season. This division championship breaks a three-way tie for the longest streak of consecutive division titles in AFC West history (5; Oakland, 1972-76; Denver 2011-15). The sixth-consecutive division title in 2021 ties for the third-longest streak in NFL history dating back to 1970.
CLUB EXTENDS WINNING STREAK: With today’s win against the Pittsburgh Steelers, the Chiefs move their active win streak to eight games, marking the fifth-longest stretch in franchise history. Of the five longest winning streaks in franchise history, four have come under Head Coach Andy Reid (10 in 2015 and 2020; nine in 2013; and eight in 2021).
REID MOVES PAST SCHOTTENHEIMER ON REGULAR SEASON WIN CHART: With today’s victory, Head Coach Andy Reid won his 102nd regular season game in Kansas City, passing Chiefs Hall of Fame coach Marty Schottenheimer (101) for sole possession of second place in franchise history. Reid now only trails PFHOF coach Hank Stram’s franchise record of 124 regular season victories. Reid – who is the all-time winningest head coach in Philadelphia Eagles history – joins Dan Reeves (Denver and Atlanta), Tom Coughlin (Jacksonville and New York Giants) and Tony Dungy (Tampa Bay and Indianapolis) as the only four coaches to rank in the top two in all-time wins for two current NFL franchises.
MAHOMES SETS PASSING TOUCHDOWN MARK FOR GEHA FIELD: With three touchdown passes in today’s game, QB Patrick Mahomes now owns 64 career touchdown passes at GEHA Field at Arrowhead Stadium, passing QB Trent Green (62) for the most career touchdown passes in the stadium’s history. Mahomes finished the game completing 23 of 30 passes for 258 yards with three touchdowns and no interceptions, good for a 135.1 passer rating. It marks his 35th career game with a 100.0+ passer rating, extending his franchise record.
EDWARDS-HELAIRE FINDS PAYDIRT: RB Clyde Edwards-Helaire tallied nine carries for 27 yards in today’s game, opening the day’s scoring with a one-yard touchdown rush to cap the club’s opening drive. He owns four rushing touchdowns for the season and has eight career rushing scores.
PRINGLE RECORDS MULTI-TOUCHDOWN PERFORMANCE: WR Byron Pringle scored two receiving touchdowns in today’s game versus the Pittsburgh Steelers, marking his first-career game with multiple touchdown receptions. His first score came on a five-yard pass from QB Patrick Mahomes in the first quarter and his second came on a 16-yard pass from Mahomes in the third quarter. He has a single-season career-high five receiving touchdowns on the year and owns seven career touchdown receptions. Pringle finished the game with a team-high six receptions for a game-high 75 yards with the two touchdowns.
HARDMAN FINDS THE ENDZONE: WR Mecole Hardman scored the Chiefs third touchdown of the day on an eight-yard pass from QB Patrick Mahomes in the second quarter. This marks his second touchdown reception of the season and the 12th touchdown reception of his career. He finished the game with three receptions for 31 yards with the touchdown.
HILL MOVES UP FRANCHISE RECEPTION CHART: With two receptions in today’s game, WR Tyreek Hill moved into second place in franchise history for most receptions in a single season with 104 receptions. He is two receptions shy of passing TE Travis Kelce’s franchise record of 105 receptions set in the 2020 season. Hill finished the game with two receptions for 19 yards. Hill’s 104 receptions are a single-season career-high and are the most in a single-season by a wide receiver in franchise history.
DEFENSE STIFLES STEELERS: The Chiefs defense allowed 10 points to the Steelers in today’s game, marking the fifth time this season that the club has allowed 10 or fewer points to an opponent. The total of five such performances in 2021 ties for the seventh-most games allowing10 or fewer points in a single season in franchise history. A sixth-such game in 2021 would tie for the third-most games allowing 10 or fewer points in a single season in franchise history.
WARD INTERCEPTS ROETHLISBERGER: CB Charvarius Ward intercepted Steelers QB Ben Roethlisberger late in the first quarter of today’s game. This marked his second interception of this season and the fourth interception of his career. He finished the game with three solo tackles, including one for loss, to go with one pass defensed and the interception.
CLARK SACKS ROETHLISBERGER: DE Frank Clark sacked Steelers QB Ben Roethlisberger for a loss of eight yards in the first quarter of today’s game. He now has 3.5 sacks on the season, 17.5 since joining the Chiefs and owns 52.5 in his career. Clark finished the game with a solo tackle for loss to go with the sack.
WHARTON FORCES FUMBLE, REED RECOVERS: DT Tershawn Wharton recorded a sack and strip of Steelers QB Ben Roethlisberger for a loss of 13 yards in the fourth quarter. DT Jarran Reed scooped up the ball and returned it 10 yards, setting up a fourth-quarter field goal. This marks back-to-back weeks with forced fumbles for Wharton, giving him two forced fumbles for the season and three for his career. The sack was his second of the season, matching his total from last season, now owning 4.0 career sacks (-31.0 yards). This was Reed’s third-career fumble recovery and first since Dec. 23, 2018 when he recovered a fumble vs. the Kansas City Chiefs as a member of the Seattle Seahawks. Wharton finished with one solo tackle to go with the sack-strip and Reed finished with a tackle to go with the fumble recovery.
MATHIEU RECOVERS FUMBLE: S Tyrann Mathieu recovered a WR Diontae Johnson fumble in the third quarter of today’s game. It marks his career-high third fumble recovery of the season, giving him six fumble recoveries for his career.