The Kansas City Chiefs maintained their stranglehold on the AFC West with yet another title, but Patrick Mahomes and the Super Bowl champions still appreciate the accomplishment.

Kansas City clinched a fifth consecutive AFC West championship after defeating the Miami Dolphins 33-27 in the NFL on Sunday.

Chiefs star Mahomes was far from his best against the Dolphins, finishing 24-of-34 passing for 393 yards, two touchdowns and three interceptions.

Entering Week 14, Mahomes had two total interceptions this season. The Super Bowl MVP threw two interceptions in the first quarter against the Dolphins, with his last multi-interception game coming via a clash versus the Los Angeles Rams in 2018.

But he basked in the Chiefs’ latest feat as they eye back-to-back Super Bowl crowns.

“I’ve been lucky enough to be around an organisation that’s been able to win the AFC West every year I’ve been here, but I still appreciate every single time,” the Chiefs quarterback said following the team’s eighth successive win.

“These things don’t come easy. You have to battle every single offseason. You have to battle every training camp. During the season, you have to go through adversity.”

Chiefs head coach Andy Reid added: “They don’t give these championships away. I’m proud of the guys for that.

“We all know we need to keep going. It’s a nice accomplishment for the whole organisation.”

The Chiefs, who overcame a double-digit deficit by scoring 30 unanswered points, are now 12-1 for the first time in franchise history and vying with the Pittsburgh Steelers for the AFC’s top seeding.

Reid has transformed the Chiefs since arriving from the Philadelphia Eagles in 2013, ending Kansas City’s 50-year wait for a Super Bowl trophy.

“If you looked at Andy’s success in Philadelphia, certainly the back of my mind I hoped we could replicate that,” Chiefs chairman Clark Hunt said. “I think he’s achieved that and maybe taken it to another level.

“We’re blessed to have him. We’re blessed to have the pairing of he and Patrick Mahomes. I think the two are a great combination. They work so well together and really maximise each other’s strengths.”