The KC Chiefs are hosting a playoff game this weekend and it’s a mighty big one. It’s the first home playoff game for the Kansas City Chiefs in six years and the opponent is the same one that helped begin this run of success last season.
Rewind back to the beginning of the 2015 season. I know it’s painful to think about, but just do it.
The Kansas City Chiefs were 1-5 heading into a week seven match-up with the Pittsburgh Steelers and the fan base had pretty much already checked out. The Royals were doing their thing in the playoffs and college football was also going on. Chiefs fans were tired of seeing the same old story play out every year.
Then… Something incredible happened.
It’s not just that the Chiefs beat the Steelers in that week seven game, but it was HOW it happened and what happened afterwards.
As we all remember, Eric Berry picked off Landry Jones (yes, he was playing in place of an injured Ben Roethlisberger) for his first interception since returning from his cancer treatment. It was quite the moment and set the pace for what would happen in the next ten games.
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The KC Chiefs never lost another game for the rest of the regular season.
They’d go on to win ten straight games in the regular season after starting the year off at 1-5. Kansas City also clinched a playoff berth before the end of the season and ended up winning their first playoff game since the early 1990s.
It was one hell of an ending for Chiefs Kingdom and something that started against the very same team that they’ll be facing this weekend.
The Steelers were 3-3 during that same game and were in one of the most competitive divisions in football.
Big Ben was injured, which yes, ended up being a huge factor in that game. The Chiefs hadn’t had much success against Roethlisberger before that game and Jones having to play quarterback no doubt played a huge part in in why Kansas City won that game.
So at the end of the day, this is just one of those “Interesting tidbits” that I like to throw out before big games. Were it not for that big victory against Pittsburgh in 2015, the KC Chiefs might not be where they’re at right now.
The last year and few months have seen the Kansas City Chiefs be the most successful they’ve been in nearly two decades. John Dorsey and Andy Reid has turned this franchise into a legitimate Super Bowl contender, and the kick in the butt for them came at Arrowhead in 2015 when Eric Berry picked off Landry Jones.
Now, Eric Berry is giving back once more, delivering an inspirational speech to his teammates this past week during practice (Link courtesy of Arrowhead Pride). The guy does it all, man.
Let’s hope this magical journey doesn’t end on Sunday and that our KC Chiefs can make it to the AFC Championship Game for the first time since 1994.