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Chiefs' Gonzalez closing in on record

Posted by ESPN.com's Bill Williamson

Tight end Tony Gonzalez is on the cusp of history even as the Kansas City Chiefs muddle through an 11-game losing streak.

Gonzalez is 85 yards shy of breaking Shannon Sharpe's record for career receiving yards by a tight end. Gonzalez already owns the record for touchdowns and catches by a tight end. This would give him the triple crown for tight ends and be the capper to what is likely to be a first-ballot Hall of Fame career.

Gonzalez may be challenged to get the record Sunday at Atlanta. He has 94 receiving yards in the first two games and rookie quarterback Tyler Thigpen is making his first start for the Chiefs. Kansas City is expected to try to run the ball often against Atlanta.

If Gonzalez doesn't break the record against the Falcons, he will likely do it in Week 4 against Denver. It would be fitting since the game is at Arrowhead Stadium and the opponent is the Broncos, for whom Sharpe compiled most of his yards.