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Kansas City, Missouri is the home of the NFL’s Chiefs. Originally an AFL team based in Houston, the Chiefs made the move to Kansas City in 1963. Before long they would make another move, joining the NFL in 1970 as a member of the AFC West.
Success on the field made them a major player in the 1960s. Owner & Founder Lamar Hunt and head coach Hank Stram were consistently putting together a winning formula that kept them at the top of the standings. His clout carried over in the early days after the NFL merger and the Chiefs found themselves squaring off with the Green Bay Packers in the first Super Bowl. Despite losing 35-10, the Chiefs continued to be seen as a powerhouse franchise. They would capture their first and only NFL title in the 1969 Super Bowl, winning 23-7 over the Minnesota Vikings. Star quarterback Len Dawson was selected as the Super Bowl MVP.
A period of regression followed, with the Chiefs only making one appearance in the playoffs between 1969 and 1986. Stram left the team in 1974 and a string of coaches to follow could not match his success. In fact, it was not until Marty Shottenheimer was hired in 1989 that things began to turn around. A new group of players began to solidify their spots as starters and led to the Chiefs being perennial contenders again.
Acquiring Joe Montana in 1993 had fans buzzing at Arrowhead Stadium. Along with Marcus Allen, Christian Okoye, and Derrick Thomas the Chiefs looked poised to make a big impact in the playoffs. An 11-5 record in the regular season carried Kansas City to an AFC Championship Game. Matching up against Buffalo, the Chiefs failed to advance to the Super Bowl. This is the closest they have been to making it to the big game since 1969. In fact, it would be they would not win another playoff game until 2016.
Players have come and gone, but the mission for the Chiefs remains the same: winning a second Super Bowl. Hard at work towards this goal is the head coach of the Kansas City Chiefs since 2013, Andy Reid. Reid brings a pedigree of success and experience from his time in Green Bay and Philadelphia that management hopes will put them over the top. Bringing the team to the playoffs in five of his first six seasons in KC, Reid hopes to build on his success with a deeper playoff run and a ring when it is all said and done.
He may not have to wait long for the ring ceremony with a quarterback like Patrick Mahomes on the field. Exploding onto the scene in his first year as a starter, Mahomes has been smashing records and leading his team to tremendous wins. Coming out of Texas Tech, Mahomes spent last season learning from the sidelines and was more than ready to become the face of the franchise. His first season as the starter in KC earned him the title of AP Offensive Player of the Year. Surrounded by talent in Tyreek Hill, Travis Kelce, Sammy Watkins, and Kelvin Benjamin, Mahomes expertly distributes the ball, echoing the sentiments of the iconic Hank Stram cheering them on to “keep matriculating the ball down the field, boys!”
The rushing game has faced its share of adversity this season, with star running back Kareem Hunt being let go due to domestic violence issues. Spencer Ware has been battling injuries all year, leaving Damien Williams to lead from the backfield.
Defensively, Kansas City has become a force to be reckoned with. Defensive End Chris Jones is a sack machine. Anchoring the backfield is Eric Berry and now Tyron Mathieu (who was signed in free agency for 3 years and $42 million). The linebacking corps, which has been led for much of the last decade by Justin Houston, will have to find a new leader as he was let go after the 2018 season.
The 2018 season was a memorable one in Kansas City. Patrick Mahomes put on a show with 50 touchdowns in the regular season. Only Tom Brady and Peyton Manning have reached that many passing TDs in one year. Mahomes did it in his first season as a starter. An absolutely electric offense led to the 12-4 record with Coach Reid and company heading to the playoffs with the AFC West title in tow. A decisive 31-13 victory over the Indianapolis Colts set up a showdown between the Chiefs and the New England Patriots at Arrowhead Stadium in the AFC Championship game. This nailbiter of a game was back and forth in the fourth quarter and eventually required overtime to decide. The overtime coin toss was pivotal, as it seemed that whoever got the ball first would get a touchdown. New England won the toss and took the ball down the field to win the game. Mahomes and the offense never saw the ball in overtime.
Despite the disappointment, fans in Kansas City cannot wait for next season as Patrick Mahomes has become the face of not only the team, but the entire league. Many great seasons lie ahead for the Kansas City Chiefs.
Many great players have come out of the tunnel for the Chiefs throughout the years. Among the most revered are Derrick Thomas, Len Dawson, Will Shields, Priest Holmes, Willie Lanier, Jamaal Charles, Christian Okoye, and Tony Gonzalez. Additional information pertaining to the Kansas City Chiefs franchise can be obtained by clicking here.