The Kansas City Chiefs’ magical 2016 season has come to an end with an 18-16 loss to the Pittsburgh Steelers in the AFC Divisional Round. The Chiefs were one and done for yet another season in the playoffs and it’s disappointing.
That’s really the only reaction I could muster up when seeing the Steelers convert on that final third down of the game. The Chiefs had several opportunities in this game, but at the end of the night, they couldn’t overcome the pressure and fell at home in the divisional round.
There were a lot of frustrating factors in this game and the Chiefs ultimately beat themselves. They turned the ball over twice, couldn’t stop the Steelers run game, couldn’t get pressure on Ben Roethlisberger, and couldn’t complete the comeback at the end of the game.
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While fans have grown accustom to watching the KC Chiefs fail in the playoffs, we felt different about this team. This team seemed like the 2014 and 2015 Royals, who would make wins happen even when they shouldn’t.
Instead, the Chiefs will be watching the final two rounds of the playoffs from home and Chiefs Kingdom is left disappointed once again.
Some of the most brutal parts of the game was Alex Smith missing wide open players, Travis Kelce not being able to keep his temper in check, and that final hold Eric Fisher had on James Harrison that wiped out the two-point conversion.
One minute, I’m holding back tears because the Chiefs tied things up and the next minute it’s stripped away from me. Devastating, man.
Obviously the game just ended so it’s tough to look at this in an optimistic manner. It’s tough to decipher whether or not I’d consider this to be a successful season because the Chiefs didn’t even make it past their first playoff game.
I wasn’t expecting the Chiefs to go into Foxborough next weekend and win, but I did expect them to beat the Steelers. They didn’t do their part at home though. There is no “Let’s get ’em next week!” in the playoffs. The Kansas City Chiefs have been eliminated.
It just felt like this was the Chiefs year to make a playoff run. They won the toughest division in football and had a freaking first-round bye. That’s what makes this so much tougher.
Cue “Everybody Hurts” by R.E.M. I’m going to have it on blast for a few days.