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Jon McGraw

Chiefs claw their way from cellar to playoffs

The temptation to be content can be alluring.

The Kansas City Chiefs have turned a 4-12 campaign last year into a 10-6 record and their first AFC West championship since 2003. But many NFL analysts and pundits have already picked Kansas City to fall to the Ravens in Sunday's AFC Wildcard game, and the Ravens are favored by 3 points.

Reaching the playoffs, however, isn't the ultimate goal for the Chiefs.

"You can't look at it like that," linebacker Derrick Johnson said during a conference call with Baltimore media Wednesday. "We don't look at it like that. When you get yourself in the tournament, you're trying to win it all, and it comes one game at a...