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Chiefs rout Chargers 30-13 to seize control of AFC West race

UPDATED: Sat., Dec. 16, 2017

Kansas City Chiefs running back Kareem Hunt (27) runs ahead of Los Angeles Chargers safety Jahleel Addae (37) during the second half of an NFL football game in Kansas City, Mo., Saturday, Dec. 16, 2017. (Charlie Riedel / Associated Press)
Kansas City Chiefs running back Kareem Hunt (27) runs ahead of Los Angeles Chargers safety Jahleel Addae (37) during the second half of an NFL football game in Kansas City, Mo., Saturday, Dec. 16, 2017. (Charlie Riedel / Associated Press)
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KANSAS CITY, Mo. – Alex Smith threw for 231 yards and two touchdowns, Kareem Hunt ran for 155 yards and a score, and the Kansas City Chiefs routed the turnover-prone Los Angeles Chargers 30-13 on Saturday night to seize control of the AFC West.

Hunt also had a TD catch for the Chiefs (8-6), whose eighth straight win over the Chargers all but sewed up the division and a spot in the playoffs. The only way Kansas City can squander it is by losing its last two games and the Chargers or Oakland Raiders winning out.

The Chargers (7-7) led 13-10 early in the second half, but Philip Rivers threw three interceptions – two of them to Marcus Peters – and Austin Ekeler coughed up a fumble down the stretch.

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