Just like that it’s Super Bowl week once again for the Kansas City Chiefs. The defending Super Bowl champions have a chance to repeat this Sunday against Tom Brady and the Tampa Bay Bucs. If they achieve NFL glory, they will be the first team since the 2004 New England Patriots to repeat as champions. That 04 Patriots team was lead by Tom Brady, who will be trying to stop Kansas City from going back to back. But, how did Kansas City get here?
In the first month of the season, it looked like the Chiefs were going to run the table this year. Patrick Mahomes and company looked good on opening night against the Houston Texans. They won with ease with the final score being 34-20. Rookie runningback Clyde Edwards-Helaire made his debut as the starting runningback and looked impressive. Week two however, they almost had an early lost. Soon to be rookie of the year Justin Herbert made his first career start and almost took down the defending champs. If it wasn’t for a touchdown pass from Mahomes to Tyreek Hill, Kansas City was looking at their first loss of the year. This pass sparked a comeback win for Kansas City with the final score being 23-20.
In week three Kansas City simply took care of business against the Baltimore Ravens. The Ravens looked unprepared for this game as the Chiefs steamrolled Baltimore 34-20. Then there’s week four. This game was making headlines for all the wrong reasons. It looked like Roger Goodell forced this game for Kansas City. Who were they playing? The New England Patriots. The Patriots were without quarterback Cam Newton for this due to Newton testing positive for Covid 19. This game was moved from Sunday to Monday. Yes, Roger Goodell moved this game thinking that New England was going to be healthy enough to play in this game. In short, they weren’t. Kansas City bullied both Brian Hoyer and Jarrett Stidham. The Chiefs won 26-10.
First Loss Of The Season
The only blemish this season came in week five. The Las Vegas went into Arrowhead stadium and handed the Chiefs their only loss this season. The Chiefs came out flat in this game. Mahomes threw his first interception of the season in this game. Even the late game heroics couldn’t give Kansas City the win in this game. The final score of this one was 40-32. Yes, the sub par average Chiefs defense finally showed up and allowed 40 points at home.
The Final Blowout
Week eight is the last time the Chiefs blew another team out. Yes, it shouldn’t be surprising that the Chiefs blew out the Jets since the Jets were just pure rotten garbage this year. Patrick Mahomes had a big game. He threw for five touchdowns in this game. Kansas City scored in every quarter of this game. This would be the last time though Kansas City would have their way with any team for the remainder of the season. The final score in this one was 35-9. The defense did not give up a touchdown, only field goals. As everyone knows, you can’t beat the Chiefs with just field goals.
No More Blowouts
Despite having an elite offense, after dismantling the Jets, Mahomes and company couldn’t pull away from anyone else. Every game after week eight resulted in being a one score game except for their week 17 loss to the Chargers. That loss only happened because starters were resting in that game. Yes, every game resulted in a touchdown or less victory for Kansas City. This was something that wasn’t expected considering how talented the Chiefs are. But with a final record of 14-2 Kansas City claimed the number one seed in the playoffs.
The postseason journey started in the divisional round against the Browns. All was right in their world until Mahomes went down with a head and foot injury in the second half. The Chiefs were up 19-10 at this point. Insert Chad Henne in to close out the game for the Chiefs. That’s exactly what happened. Despite a late surge from Cleveland to make it a one score game, Chad Henne did just enough to send Kansas City into the AFC Championship. 22-17 was the final score in this one.
As for the AFC Championship, the Chiefs dominated Buffalo. Buffalo had an early 9-0 lead but then the Kansas City offense lead by Mahomes scored 21 points in the second quarter to take a 21-12 lead at the half. Kansas City kept their foot on the gas in the second half scoring ten points in the third. The defense overall got to Josh Allen four times, and intercepted him once. This was an all out great performance by both the offense and defense. The Chiefs won this game 38-24, sending them to Super Bowl LV.
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