Kansas City Chiefs: Road to Super Bowl LIV in Miami
The Kansas City Chiefs, Following 50 Decades of waiting, are back at the Super Bowl.
As the AFC’s second seed took care of 2 AFC South opponents from the postseason Beneath an electrifying offense and opportunistic defense which rose over the duration of this year, Kansas City ended.
Andy Reid’s team rallied to ward off eight straight wins despite suffering a significant injury scare at the center of the calendar year.
We run you through the Chiefs’ year highs and lows and how they made it to Miami under…
Following a 5,000-yard, 50-touchdown, and league MVP year in his first year as a starter in 2018/19, quarterback Patrick Mahomes wasn’t expected to match his accomplishments this time . However, in taking his team – after they missed out to Tom Brady and the Patriots last season – he has been just as impressive.
Before suffering a dislocated kneecap at Week Seven against the Broncos, the Chiefs had started this season with four straight wins, with Mahomes projecting 10 touchdowns in contrast to no selections.
Despite copy Matt Moore at the helm, Kansas City managed to finish that game in Denver with a win, play the Packers near in a 24-31 reduction, and beat the visiting Vikings in Week Nine. Clearly, the Chiefs didn’t rely entirely on their star QB – but we knew this as they reached the postseason in four of five seasons with Alex Smith under center. However, Mahomes is here to take them.
After a loss to Tennessee on Mahomes’ return – where he threw for a 446 metres! – that the Chiefs came collectively to win their final six regular season matches. The crime gained over 27.8 points per game, however, it was Steve Spagnuolo’s defense that turned heads. After allowing 23.9 points per game over the first ten matches, they allowed just 11.5 down the stretch.
From Weeks Four to Mahomes did actually experience a recession before his injury – even in production. He completed only 56 percent of his moves, had four touchdowns to a single pick, and also an 89.3 passer rating – and the Chiefs dropped two of these games. The injury regroup for his second half and may have actually helped Mahomes reset.
Kansas City experienced a defense problem that is racing over the duration of this season. From the three regular season losses in which Mahomes played with (all to AFC South opponents)they allowed 180 (Indianapolis), 192 (Houston) and 225 (Tennessee) yards on the ground. Nevertheless, in their own six-game winning streak to end the season, they did not concede over 122 in any single game, and in the postseason, allowed 94 then 85 in both wins.
One problem might have been the early deficits the Chiefs have got themselves into to begin the playoffs. Against the Texans, they had been down until rattling off 41 things. Earlier Kansas City battled their way back the Titans had gone 17-7, and then 10-0.
San Francisco like to run the ball and they are adept at holding onto prospects – the Chiefs may not get away with it when they begin slow on Super Bowl Sunday.
How can it not be Patrick Mahomes? You will have heard about how unique he was last year during his MVP year, you will hear it when he continues at his current rate, and the talk will only grow.
He is the first ever player to win an MVP award and a Super Bowl until age 25. His 108.9 career passer rating would eclipse Aaron Rodgers’ current all-time best of 102.4 by a clear margin if he can keep it up. Plus, he’s been phenomenal in their own postseason performances too (this year and last year). Mahomes has the highest passer rating (115.0) along with touchdown-interception ratio (11-0) in the playoffs in the Super Bowl era.
The records go on: most passing touchdowns (87) by some other participant in his initial 35 starts, most yards (10,600) in his initial 35 starts, and the Chiefs have scored 30 points at all of his postseason matches! Can him slow down?
What could have been when it wasn’t for the Miami Dolphins in Week 17 and Ryan Fitzpatrick? If the New England Patriots secured the No 2 seed and had hauled off Miami, Kansas City could have had to make it three games – at least one on the road – to reach this point.
Instead, the Texans were hosted by them first, and waited down 24-0 early to begin their playoff push. At a remarkable comeback, Kansas City’d 118 Mahomes threw five touchdowns – three to tight end Travis Kelce – since their point-scoring muscles were flexed by the Chiefs.
At home back to the Titans, it was a tighter start and they were only down from 10 (twice), but it’s near-impossible to hold this offense down all match long. From in the next quarter to midway on the fourth, the Chiefs scored 28 straight points from Tyreek Hill, Damien Williams, Sammy Watkins and Mahomes’ magical run supporting touchdowns.
It’s been too long! The Chiefs are to two Super Bowls – IV I – both more than 50 decades ago. In their very first appearance, into Vince Lombardi’s Packers they lost the very first ever Super Bowl at the 1966/67 season. Three seasons later, they won Super Bowl IV against the Minnesota Vikings at January 1970.
But don’t let that make you believe they’ve come from nowhere. The Chiefs have made the playoffs in five of their six seasons under Andy Reid, also were also a Tom Brady overtime drive off from fulfilling the Rams at Atlanta.
Reid also took the Philadelphia Eagles into a Super Bowl during his time as head coach (in 2005) and created the NFC Championship game five times – he’s no stranger to the huge point.
Kansas City – and – Reid – having been knocking on the door for a while. Will they come in Miami?
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