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Chiefs bolster their playoff hopes -- and break the Raiders' dreams

Dec 6, 2015; Oakland, CA, USA; Kansas City Chiefs wide receiver Jeremy Maclin (19) reacts after catching a touchdown pass against the Oakland Raiders in the fourth quarter at O.co Coliseum. The Chiefs defeated the Raiders 34-20. Mandatory Credit: Cary Edmondson-USA TODAY Sports

Dec 6, 2015; Oakland, CA, USA; Kansas City Chiefs wide receiver Jeremy Maclin (19) reacts after catching a touchdown pass against the Oakland Raiders in the fourth quarter at O.co Coliseum. The Chiefs defeated the Raiders 34-20. Mandatory Credit: Cary Edmondson-USA TODAY Sports

Charles Woodson claims last weekend's loss was the toughest of his 18-year career.

That's saying something. If the Raiders legend means it -- and it's just not postgame hyperbole -- then the Chiefs might've scored a landmark victory.

A four-team battle is already brewing in the AFC West for post-Peyton supremacy. Oakland fielded one promising squad with playoff aspirations. The Chiefs effectively spoiled them.

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There's no telling what kind of momentum the Chiefs squashed with it. A Raiders win could've sparked a playoff run. There's nothing more dangerous than a young team with playoff experience in your own division.

Instead, the Chiefs will probably get that experience -- and they'll probably clinch their playoff spot against these Raiders. For Chiefs fans, there's nothing sweeter.

(h/t Arrowhead Pride)