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Wide receiver Jeremy Maclin scored the first Chiefs touchdown Sunday in the game against the Cleveland Browns. (Kansas City Chiefs photo)

Wide receiver Jeremy Maclin scored the first Chiefs touchdown Sunday in the game against the Cleveland Browns. (Kansas City Chiefs photo)

KC Chiefs 2Kansas City, Mo. — Despite strong efforts by quarterback Johnny Manziel in the second half of the game last Sunday, Dec. 27, the Kansas City Chiefs held off the Cleveland Browns and kept them from winning here at Arrowhead Stadium on a cold, windy afternoon with no rain.
So, the Chiefs won 17-13. The Chiefs last beat the Browns 27-13 in October 2013. The Chiefs lost 30-7 to the Browns in December 2012.
This gave them their ninth straight victory to make their record 10-5.
The Browns are now 3-12.
The Chiefs played with linebackers Justin Houston and Tamba Ali both on the injured list, but the Chiefs defense managed too hold firm.
Cleveland Browns 2Still Manziel passed for 132 yards and rushed for 108 yards, mostly in the second half.
The Chiefs received to start the first quarter, and a 65-yard 11-play drive concluded with an 11-yard touchdown pass from Alex Smith to wide receiver Jeremy Maclin, with a good PAT, to make the score 7-0 with 7:57 left in the quarter.
Then after a short 3 and out by Cleveland, a drive starting from the Kansas City 40 continued with a 21-yard run by Charcandrick West and concluded with a 40-yard field goal by Cairo Santos to make the score 10-0 with 8:58 left in the quarter.
Then, after a short 3 and out by Cleveland, a drive starting from the Kansas City 40 continued with a 21-yard run by running back Charcandrick West and concluded with a 40-yard field goal to make the score 10-0 with 2:13 left in the quarter.
Then, a Browns drive starting at the Cleveland 13 yard line began with a 29-yard run and concluded with a 45-yard field goal by Travis Koons to make the score 10-3 with 8:58 left in the half.
In the next Chiefs drive, first Cleveland intercepted an Alex Smith Pass and ran 39 yards to the Kansas City 41. Next Chiefs rookie Marcus Peters intercepted a Bengals pass. A 5-play 65-yard drive started with a 27-yard run by Smith and concluded with a 13-yard touchdown run by tight end Travis Kelce to make the score 17-3.
Near the end of the half a 51-yard Browns field goal attempt was blocked by defensive back Daniel Sorensen to keep the score 17-3.
At the start of the second half a 82-yard 9-play drive that included two runs by Manziel concluded with a 16-yard run by running back Isaiah Crowell to make the score 17-10 with 8:10 left in the third quarter.
Then, a 12-minute 21-play Browns drive concluded with a 36-yard Koons field goal to make the score 17-13 with 8:26 left in the game.
After a series of “outs” by both teams, A Browns drive starting at their 30 yard line got wide receiver Darius Jennings to the Kansas City 18 with 13 seconds left. Too late. The Chiefs won 17-13.
The Chiefs conclude the regular season Jan. 3 at Arrowhead Stadium playing the Oakland Raiders. The Raiders are 7-8 after defeating the San Diego Chargers Sunday 23-20 in overtime. The Chargers are now 4-11.
The Chiefs beat the Raiders 34-20 Dec. 6 and defeated them 31-13 in 2013.
The Broncos Monday night defeated the Cincinnati Bengals 20-17 in overtime at Denver, making their record 11-4.
Regardless of what happens next week, both the Chiefs ad the Broncos will be in the playoffs.
If the Chiefs next week defeat the San Diego Chargers, they will hold the conference championship ad get a bye the first week of the playoffs.
If the Broncos lose and the Chiefs win, Kansas City will win the conference championship.
If both teams lose next week, the Chiefs still will be conference champions, by virtue of their recent record.
Will either team make it to the Super Bowl? We’ll see.
H.E.
Chiefs linebacker Derrick Johnson sacks Browns quarterback Johnny Manziel (Kansas City Chiefs photo)

Chiefs linebacker Derrick Johnson sacks Browns quarterback Johnny Manziel (Kansas City Chiefs photo)

Tight end Travis Kelce was happy over scoring the second Chiefs touchdown Sunday. (Kansas City Chiefs photo)

Tight end Travis Kelce was happy over scoring the second Chiefs touchdown Sunday. (Kansas City Chiefs photo)

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