KANSAS CITY, Mo. — The Kansas City Chiefs are the first team in NFL history to win six straight games by one score.
“I don't know that; I didn't know that stat either. I'm glad you told me," head coach Andy Reid said.
To be exact, the Chiefs' wins total only 24 points over the last six games, an average of four points per game.
“You are not trying to do it. You figured this one would be close," Reid said. "This is a good football team. They are coming off a loss, so you figured you would get their best shot. It’s like most of the teams that we’ve played. They bear down and give us what they got."
On Monday, Reid said the team has battled and credited their mental toughness.
The New York Jets were the last team the Chiefs beat with plenty of cushion. Since then, games against the Carolina Panthers, Las Vegas Raiders, Tampa Bay Buccaneers, Miami Dolphins and New Orleans Saints have all been close calls.
“You have to be able to win games in this league. It looks cool and feels awesome to win by 20 or 30 points," quarterback Patrick Mahomes said. "Teams that find a way to win on offense, defense and special teams no matter what the score is are the teams that make a run every year."
When the Atlanta Falcons arrive at Arrowhead Stadium Sunday, they'll be coming off a three-game losing streak, each just a one possession game.