Chiefs top Bolts 31-21 to earn No. 2 seed, first-round bye

KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) Mecole Hardman and Damien Williams led the Chiefs to a 31-21 victory over the Chargers that allowed Kansas City to leapfrog New England for the No. 2 seed in the AFC and a first-round playoff bye.

Kansas City Chiefs wide receiver Mecole Hardman (17) celebrates with fans in the stands his kickoff return touchdown, during the second half of an NFL football game against the Los Angeles Chargers in Kansas City, Mo., Sunday, Dec. 29, 2019. (AP Photo/Ed Zurga)

Hardman returned a kickoff 104 yards for a touchdown and Williams ran for 124 yards and a pair of touchdowns.

His second came just as the Dolphins were scoring the go-ahead TD in their 27-24 win in Foxborough.

The combination of outcomes means New England will play next week while the Chiefs can begin preparing for the divisional round.

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12/29/2019 3:26:20 PM (GMT -6:00)