SECOND-SEED JUBILATION

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December 30, 2019 - 9:49 AM

Kansas City Chiefs fans cheer after hearing the Miami Dolphins defeated the New England Patriots on Sunday. TAMMY LJUNGBLAD/KANSAS CITY STAR/TNS

KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) — Patrick Mahomes kept scrounging around the Kansas City sideline for a score update from New England, and all the Chiefs quarterback learned was that Tom Brady had thrown a touchdown pass and an interception against Miami.

That news blackout was by design.

Andy Reid didn’t want anybody to know what was transpiring in Foxborough, where the Chiefs needed the Dolphins to spring a big upset Sunday for any hope of a first-round playoff bye. Instead, the Chiefs’ coach wanted Mahomes and Co. to focus on beating the Chargers, a game they needed for the outcome in New England to have any consequence.

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