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How the Chiefs can play ugly, but still win

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Both teams combined for 13 penalties, 4 turnovers, multiple dropped interceptions and a plethora of missed tackles. (AP) Both teams combined for 13 penalties, 4 turnovers, multiple dropped interceptions and a plethora of missed tackles. (AP)

KANSAS CITY, MO (FOOTBALL KC) – Sunday’s game between the Jacksonville Jaguars and Kansas City Chiefs was not exactly a well-played game.

Both teams combined for 13 penalties, 4 turnovers, multiple dropped interceptions and a plethora of missed tackles.

However, just as they have 16 times in their last 18 regular season games, the Chiefs found a way to win.

Kansas City had to play with depleted forces, as by the end of the game, head coach Andy Reid found himself without his number one wide receiver, tight end, quarterback and top two running backs.

Still, the Chiefs took a commanding 19-7 lead into the 4th quarter. If you look at the stats for the game, one would wonder how Kansas City even kept it close.

Jacksonville totaled 218 more yards than the Chiefs, 15 more first downs, three less penalties and a better red zone and third-down conversion percentage.

But as Kansas City has shown since Andy Reid arrived, the only area that really matters is who wins the turnover battle.

The Chiefs forced 4 Jacksonville turnovers and two fourth-down stops, pushing their win total to 25-4 since 2013 in games where KC wins the turnover battle.

The most important of the four came at the goal line, as Jaye Howard forced a Chris Ivory fumble into the end zone. It was the Chiefs’ sixth red zone takeaway this season, which leads the NFL.

In a game where the offense could not be as explosive without some of their best weapons, the defense and special teams had to pick up the slack.

D.J. Alexander and Daniel Sorenson, on special teams, combined to force a fumble on a punt in the first quarter, leading to Kansas City's first and only touchdown. Kicker Cairo Santos also elevated his play, finishing the day a perfect four-for-four with one from 51 yards out.

The Jaguars offense is not one of the top offenses in the league, but they do have talented weapons that have shown success over the past few years. The run defense struggled to contain Ivory, but when it mattered most, the Chiefs defense stepped up.

The biggest playmaker on the field, for both teams, was former first-round draft pick, Dee Ford.

The outside linebacker moved into a temporary tie for most sacks in the NFL on Sunday, churning out 2 sacks to push his total to nine on the season.

Cornerback Steven Nelson also stepped up on Jacksonville’s final possession with a pass deflection on fourth down. Nelson finished the day with 3 deflections, 2 tackles and one quarterback hit.

Playing in front of the sea of red at Arrowhead continues to be an advantage, as the Chiefs extend their home winning-streak to 10 games and 392 days.

Kansas City will have to bring that success on the road next week, as they travel to Carolina to take on the Panthers with kickoff set for noon.

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