A season that began with many predicting the Chiefs would win the AFC West ended in shambles Sunday.
The Chiefs lost to AFC West rivals Denver Broncos and clinched the first draft pick in the NFL Draft in the spring. It is the first time in the Chiefs storied franchise history that they will have the first pick in the NFL draft.
Changes are almost certain to come in the offseason. One report has general manager Scott Pioli retaining his job but coach Romeo Crennel and quarterbacks Matt Cassel and Brady Quinn looking for new jobs. Click here to read more.
Peyton Manning threw for 304 yards and three touchdowns Sunday to lift Denver to a 38-3 win over Kansas City that sealed the No. 1 seed in the AFC playoffs for the Broncos.
Manning finished the season with 4,659 yards, only 41 short of his career high. He finished with 37 touchdown passes, and none will be more memorable than the last two - circus catches by Eric Decker and Demaryius Thomas that turned the game into a blowout.
Denver (13-3) won its 11th straight and leaped past Houston for the top seed after the Texans lost to Indianapolis 28-16 earlier in the day.
Jamaal Charles ran for 53 yards for the Chiefs, who finished with a total of 119 yards of offense.
Crennel watched the game from the sideline, leaning on a crutch, after having his knee drained of fluid earlier in the week. Many in Kansas City expect him to be unemployed soon.
Though the Chiefs gave the Broncos as tough a tussle as anyone during their winning streak - in a 17-9 loss last month - this wasn't expected to be much of a game. It wasn't.
The Chiefs gained only 119 yards all day and finished their season 2-14. They will get the top pick in April's draft.
The team's first win didn't come until the third game of the season in New Orleans. The overtime win was more of a gift by the beleaguered Saints.
Injuries plagued the team along with turnovers and poor performing players. Some fans cheered when Cassel went down with a concussion. Quinn was promoted to starting quarterback, but that didn't change the direction of the team. Crennel benched himself as defensive coordinator and promoted linebackers coach Gary Gibbs to the position.
The second win didn't come until after one of the darkest days in Chiefs history. On Dec. 1, the team was scheduled to meet at 9:30 a.m. for a practice before a game the next day against the Carolina Panthers.
But just before 8 a.m., starting linebacker Jovan Belcher pumped 10 bullets into the body of girlfriend, Kasandra Perkins. He then called Pioli as he was driving to the Chiefs practice facility at the Truman Sports Complex.
He asked Pioli to ensure that both Pioli and Hunt looked after his infant daughter, Zoey. As police began to arrive on the scene, he took his own life despite pleas from Pioli, Crennel and Gibbs.
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