The KC Chiefs once again will be representing the AFC in the Super Bowl, thanks to Patrick Mahomes.
Never before in the history of the AFC has a team hosted the AFC Championship Game three years in a row. All I have to say about that is that the AFC better get used to it and so should Kansas City because as long as Patrick Mahomes and Andy Reid are around, the Kansas City Chiefs have an open-door policy for the AFC Championship Game. Anyone who wants to come and get beat, just come on in.
It is important to remember, that I am only able to write the sentiment above with such confidence and bravado because of the coming of Mahomes.
BPM (Before Patrick Mahomes) any long-suffering Chiefs fan can tell you that our feeble postseason hopes were quickly replaced with that oh so familiar feeling of despair as the Chiefs would be eliminated from another postseason in heartbreaking and sometimes inexplicable fashion. Thanks to No. 15, that stark reality has transformed into the beginning of a dynasty right before our eyes.
Not only did Mahomes and the boys beat the Bills, punching their ticket to a second straight super bowl, but they also mollywopped them with a fair amount of ease. Indeed after the Chiefs took a 14-9 lead, the game was hardly ever in question. With said mollywopping, the Chiefs are now on track to be the first team to become back-to-back Super Bowl champs since the 2003-2004 Patriots.
This time last week, all of us were on pins and needles, Googling anything we could about concussions and the NFL’s protocol when it came to that, and waiting to hear about the fate of franchise superstar Patrick Mahomes. It was not until Friday that it was announced that Mahomes had cleared concussion protocol, and even after that some of us questioned his effectiveness since he was still dealing with a reported case of turf toe.
Sunday finally arrived, and of course, all our fears were all for not, as Mahomes resumed his superhero-like position and delivered one of his best games of the season, as the Chiefs won for the 25th time in his last 26 starts.
Mahomes did not look like a man whose availability had been the No. 1 question on the minds of all Chiefs fans for the past week, he looked like… well… he looked like Patrick Freaking Mahomes. He made incredible passes with defenders draped all over him. He now has 30 consecutive games with at least one touchdown pass and extended the record of touchdown passes in the playoffs to 17.
The KC Chiefs played one of their best games on Sunday, with Mahomes finishing 29-of-38 for 325 yards and three touchdown passes.
Now, after not going to a Super Bowl in 50 years, the Chiefs are on their way to Tampa Bay to face Tom Brady in the matchup that is already being called “The GOAT VS The Kid” in the Chiefs’ second consecutive Super Bowl.
As excited as anyone reading this piece is, and as excited as I am to be sitting here typing these words, something extremely important needs to be remembered. We will all of course be disappointed if the Chiefs do not beat Brady and the Buccaneers, but before you get to bogged down in depression, it is not only important to keep in mind just how far the Chiefs came this season, but just what this season was like for everyone involved.
It is very possible that we weren’t going to have football at all, and I for one am counting my blessings that I had football to look forward to this season.
We can’t even begin to imagine what these players and personnel went through just to make this season happen. The Chiefs never had any serious Covid issues, and only had one game flexed from a Thursday night to a Monday night (ironically, it was with the Bills). That was Tennessee’s doing though.
During a regular season, it would be a huge accomplishment for a team to make it this far, but for this season in particular — and for this Chiefs team to make it all this way relatively unscathed — it is nothing short of a miracle, and I am so incredibly grateful for it, regardless of the outcome of Super Bowl LV.
All that being said, let’s head to Tampa Bay, give the Buccaneers a steamrolling like no other, and bring yet another Lombardi Trophy back to Kansas City where it belongs.