The Chiefs Won More Than A Game

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Dave looks at what the Chiefs come from behind victory over the Texans means in the bigger picture.

Now that everyone’s heartbeats have slowed and breaths have been taken, the dust has cleared on many outcomes of last Sunday’s Divisional Round victory. The multitudes of records broken, the astronomical odds that were overcome, the overall depletion of celebratory fireworks, all of these things have been — and will continue to be — spoken about as legacy.

Rightfully so; but there is one aspect of this game that needs to be discussed that means much more than a singular accomplishment, accolade, or Escalade. Yes, pulling out an extremely convincing “W” is amazing. Players such as Mahomes, Kelce, Sorensen, Clark, et al. absolutely deserve their individual achievements being acknowledged.

But the truth of the matter is that the biggest takeaway from last Sunday is what it means to the team as a whole.

There is a reason very few teams overcome the depth of deficit the Kansas City Chiefs managed to climb out from — it’s hard. Emotionally, physically, but more important, mentally. Facing a 24-point margin in the playoffs, in front of a restless home crowd, against an opponent that appears to be “on fire,” is no easy task. Heads hang, willpower recedes, and more often than not, complacency begins to set in:

For most athletes, it’s natural. Hell, for most humans it’s just the way of life. Adversity in its most harrowing form has the ability to take the tenacity of strong people and crush it at their feet.

It’s also what breeds legends. Situations such as the one the Chiefs faced on Sunday almost always end in heartbreaking defeat. Lesser teams and leaders fail constantly in these circumstances, and when they do, it’s almost viewed as acceptable — well, at least for the players that weren’t the cause of the initial meltdown.

Had Mahomes played lights out and lost the game by three points, he would still have almost no blame to lay before his efforts. Dropped passes, special teams gaffes, and some early inexplicable defensive blunders would be pointed to as the culprits. Again, rightfully so.

But that’s not what happened.

Instead, in true legendary form, Patrick Mahomes rallied his offensive cast and willed them to victory:

That is true leadership. That is all heart and spirit. That is what begins the story of legends.

But the most important aspect of all of this is not just Mahomes ability to drag his team from the depths. It isn’t about Kelce rebounding from a weird first quarter, or Sorensen making a couple critical plays on special teams. It isn’t even about the defense stepping up to allow the offense to repent from their earlier sins.

It’s about team galvanization.

In all probability, the Kansas City Chiefs will not find themselves as far behind in another game this year as they did on Sunday — but that doesn’t mean they won’t need some in-game heroics and optimism at some point. There will be more adversity. There will be more pitfalls, mistakes, and errors. It’s part of the game.

The fans have been put on notice to never doubt this group again for the remainder of the postseason. With the amount of failure and loss the people of Kansas City have dealt with over the years, it’s understandable that some of them will have a hard time letting go of those memories.

These players, however, are different. They area team of professionals, strengthened and forged in the fires of this season as a whole — but most importantly in this last game. It’s okay to acknowledge a bad situation, it’s fine to see the odds before you and contemplate the likelihood of success, it’s perfectly normal to assess the struggles that stand in your way.

Now, however, they know that nothing is insurmountable. Nothing is outside of their grasp. Nothing is impossible.

This team has proven it.

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zulu trader
zulu trader

Adversity in its most harrowing form has the ability to take the tenacity of strong people and crush it at their feet.

How profound, Dave

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NovaChiefs
Mitko

NovaChiefs
NovaChiefs

Thank you!

Tarkus

That’s awesome!

Athens Chiefs fan
Athens Chiefs fan

Games like that makes up the heart of the champion, and brings a winning culture to the team.

zulu trader
zulu trader

Greek Philosophy?

Athens Chiefs fan
Athens Chiefs fan

haha!!

Mahomesisgreat
Mahomesisgreat

I think an overlooked part of this game was our defense. There were so many outstanding performances, but when you hold a team to one td while your team puts up 51 your defense is outstanding. When our offense was scoring on 7 straight possessions, their offense had at least 6 possessions without a score. Too many heroes in this game, I’ll probably miss one! Clark, Mahomes, Kelce, Hardman, Sorenson, Honey Badger, Williams, etc. What a great team! I’ve never been so optimistic about our chances going forward. What a team!

Mahomesisgreat
Mahomesisgreat

Oh yeah, Tyreek wasn’t bad either!

Armychiefj
Armychiefj

That game turned the curse narrative on its head. The curse seemed to have roared at all of us long suffering Chiefs fans in that first quarter. If we couldn’t win against that team and that coach with this team and this QB because of a a bunch of fluky plays? There would have never been a reason to believe again.

BUT, Hardman stepped up, then Sorensen stepped up, then Sorensen stepped up again. The receivers stopped dropping passes, the sea parted, and Mahomes walked on water (I’m pretty sure that happened, though I’m still not 100% sure this isn’t all a fever dream while I’m in coma). Now, with Mahomes at QB…welll I think this gif says it best:
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Leaf
Leaf

Uh I hate to brake it to ya, but Skip told me that Mahomes just has a cannon. He doesn’t have leadership qualities. If we wanted those we would have drafted Watson instead.

Mahomesisgreat
Mahomesisgreat

Starting to think Old Skip has a screw loose.

Druful
Druful

+1 for using ‘brake’ when channeling Skip / PFTC.

DaChefs
DaChefs

Mahomes says we’re gonna score 50. They score 50.

MasterChief
MasterChief

Great write-up! That game was legendary.

sydenham

Echoed and greened.

KCChef
KCChef

Good Thing ( Only ! ) 35+ Million Viewers saw the Chiefs Resurgence !!! … : )

Maw423
Maw423

I remember hearing in the post game that Wis told the rest of the Oline that they were gonna drop 50 on Houston at 24-14. So many veteran leaders on this team.

01lowbird

Oh? I hadn’t heard that?

sportingchiefs

Pretty sure it was in the Huddle yesterday.

/shrug

TX_CHIEFSfan
TX_CHIEFSfan

I think it was from the article you referenced from the athletic (cheers and beers).
And I think it was after the fg down 24-0

01lowbird

I was deeply vested in work yesterday morning TY-LER!

Maw423
Maw423

Amen

4thQtrMagic
4thQtrMagic

Great write up!

So many leaders on this team. I can’t wait for the Titans. Go Chiefs!

Tomahawk
Tomahawk

Sure looks like a sleeping giant was awoken. We all wanted a defense to pair with the historic offense… just took 17 games to get it. Outscoring any team 51-7 is nuts. They play like that for the next 2 games and they’ll have the most dominant playoff run of all time.

The scariest thing is they KNOW they can do it now. The flood gates are open. Let’s get this Lombardi

01lowbird

Good work Dave. Also can we touch on Sammy a bit. Dude has all the talent of a top 5 WR and cant get out of his own head. He has 15 on his team, theres no reason to ever be down, Kelce wasn’t and he had a drop. Its aggravating to see. Hope this is his wake up call.

Spider
Spider

Agreed. The only guy on the team long enough to have CTSD (Chiefs Traumatic Stress Disorder) is Colquitt. Fans are another story and even they didn’t give up and go quiet.

01lowbird

I can assure you I did not go quietly into the night

blood
blood

I feel bad for Sammy because it is really hard to change who you are. He isn’t a leader, but maybe a good soldier when called upon….he showed up in this game and ended up helping drive the nails, just not the one to start driving them. That’s who he is….that’s why we are so lucky to have 15 and 87 as leaders on the O.

If they win it all if it was the right decision to sign him. If they dont his production could have come alot cheaper, because we aren’t paying for his leadership.

Can we talk about Kelce and his skates being the greatest TE of all time yet?

Spider
Spider

So we’re okay with tweets from that one now? Yeah, no.
Damn shame too, because it was otherwise a fine piece. One ‘aw shit’ erases 1,000 ’atta-boys’.

01lowbird

As long as those tweets don’t provide a certain place clicks, I’m personally fine with it. Although the person in tweeting here was part of the problem. 🙂

starry1

Great write up!

Warpath
Warpath

That’s a good piece, Dave.