The 2018 NFL season ended last Sunday with a dud of a game — that didn’t include the KC Chiefs — as the New England Patriots defeated the Los Angeles Rams 13-3 in the lowest scoring Super Bowl in history.
The 53rd version of the nation’s largest sporting event had Kansas City Chiefs fans angry. They knew if their quarterback, MVP Patrick Mahomes II, was on the field it would have been an much more entertaining game, not to mention the possibility of the franchise’s first title in nearly half a decade.
Just two weeks earlier in the AFC Championship game the 23-year-old phenom had completed 16-of-31 passes for 295 yards, three touchdowns and zero interceptions while leading his team to 31 second-half points.
The Chiefs eventually fell in overtime to the Patriots, but the game cemented the fact Mahomes deserved the MVP trophy after becoming just the second player ever to pass for 50 touchdowns and 5,000-plus yards in the same season.
There was still a lot of anger to go around for Chiefs fans.
- Another home playoff loss
- Another defensive letdown
- The refs, um, questionable, calls
- And of course, Dee Ford and the neutral zone
No one thing contributed to the loss, especially the refs, but combine all the negative forces, and the defeat became the KC Chiefs seventh home postseason loss in eight games.
That’s bad. And something to be plenty angry about.
But now that we look ahead to the offseason and set our sights for 2019, it’s time to focus on the positive. It’s time to focus on the fact the Chiefs’ quarterback won the gosh darn MVP, they relieved a defensive coordinator who wore out his welcome when The X Factor was still popular and Tony Gonzalez appears to have stopped throwing shade at the team.
So, Chiefs fans, here are five things to look forward to for the 2019 season.