The Chiefs’ dramatic comebacks in the playoffs are well known, but the fact that they were comebacks and not blowouts from the start has made people underrate the Chiefs a bit. Consider if each game had happened in reverse.
Divisional: The Chiefs build a big lead early, going into halftime up 24-7, then really go off in the 3rd quarter to build a massive 51-7 lead. The Texans score some touchdowns to end the game, but are never even remotely competitive.
AFC Championship: The Titans score the first touchdown, but the Chiefs go into halftime up 14-7. The game gets broken open in the 3rd and early 4th quarter with the Chiefs building a 35-14 lead that the Titans never come come particularly close to overcoming.
Super Bowl: The Chiefs explode to a 1st quarter 21-0 lead, which the 49ers cut to 21-10 by halftime. It gets close at 21-17 in the 3rd quarter, but the Chiefs pull away again to 31-17, after which the 49ers only manage a field goal.
Same exact games, but in the reverse world the narrative is suddenly that the Chiefs were an unstoppable force that cruised through the playoffs without much issue. But because they were comebacks instead, the games felt much more difficult than they really were. The Chiefs were the first team since the 2002 Buccaneers to win every playoff game by double digits, but it seems like it’s treated as a normal playoff run.