The Kansas City Chiefs are back in the AFC Championship Game, the fourth consecutive season Kansas City has hosted the conference title game. Kansas City is the first team in NFL history to host four consecutive conference championship games and the seventh team to play in conference title games in four consecutive years (they're the first to accomplish the feat since the New England Patriots from 2011 to 2018).
A thrilling win over the Buffalo Bills in the AFC divisional round put Kansas City back in the position to reach the Super Bowl. The Chiefs are looking to become the first team since the 2016-2018 New England Patriots to play in three consecutive Super Bowls -- and just the fourth team in NFL history to accomplish the feat. This run by the Chiefs is one of the most impressive in NFL history, one where Kansas City can continue to build its dynasty with a win on Sunday against the Cincinnati Bengals.
Why should fans root for the Chiefs to reach Super Bowl LVI? Here's a few reasons why you should pull for the franchise this Sunday:1. Patrick Mahomes can add to his legendary start
Mahomes is en route to challenging all the postseason records for quarterbacks (and some of his own) thanks to the historic start to his career. The first quarterback in NFL history to start four conference championship games before turning 27, Mahomes has never had a full season as a starting quarterback in which he didn't reach the conference title game.
Mahomes can become the fourth quarterback ever to start three consecutive Super Bowls. He can also become the first quarterback to start three Super Bowls before turning 27, a feat Tom Brady didn't even accomplish.
Through 10 postseason games, Mahomes has compiled an 8-2 record and has thrown for 3,106 yards with 25 touchdowns to just five interceptions. Mahomes has the most passing yards and most passing touchdowns through a player's first 10 starts in postseason history and has the highest passer rating in NFL playoff history (107.2 rating). In this postseason, Mahomes has completed 75.9% of his passes for 782 yards with eight touchdowns to just one interception for a 131.7 rating.
Mahomes is playing his best football when it matters most. He's becoming the next Brady before our very eyes.
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Reid is already one of the top 10 coaches in NFL history, and continues to climb up the all-time rankings with each postseason victory, conference championship game, and Super Bowl appearance. Reid has the Chiefs in the conference championship game four the fourth consecutive year, becoming the only coach in NFL history to take two different teams to four straight conference championship games (the Philadelphia Eagles went from 2001 to 2004).
Reid has 19 postseason victories, tied with Don Shula for the third most in NFL history. Only Bill Belichick (31) and Tom Landry (20) have more playoff wins, which Reid can match with a victory Sunday. Reid has made nine conference championship games (only Belichick and Landry have more) and his seeking to become the ninth head coach to reach four Super Bowls.
With 252 combined victories in the regular season and postseason, Reid is fifth on the all-time list amongst head coaches. The four coaches above Reid have multiple NFL championships and Super Bowls, a list Reid can become a part of with another Super Bowl victory.
Reid continues to improve as a coach every year as he and Mahomes are building the league's next dynasty. A Super Bowl would put Reid in serious consideration as one of the top five head coaches ever.
Hill and Kelce are arguably the great receiver duo in NFL history, combining for 9,960 receiving yards and 78 receiving touchdowns over the last four seasons (with Mahomes at quarterback). The 9,960 receiving yards are the most for any duo in NFL history over a four-year stretch, making the two All-Pro players exciting to watch every time they touch the ball.
Hill and Kelce have 2,048 combined receiving yards in the postseason (in games played together), the third most in NFL history behind Jerry Rice and Brent Jones (2,338) and Jerry Rice and John Taylor (2,297). Kelce's 96 catches and 11 receiving touchdowns are the fourth-most for any player in NFL playoff history, while his 1,196 receiving yards are the eighth-most in league history. His seven games with 100-plus receiving yards only trail Rice (eight) for the most all-time.
Both players are game changers for the Chiefs offense and are as crucial in the franchise's dominance as Mahomes and Reid. They're a big reason the Chiefs are a must-watch every Sunday.4. Chiefs are unbelievably good at home in Reid-Mahomes era
What the Chiefs have been able to accomplish at Arrowhead Stadium over the last four years is incredible. Reid and Mahomes are 24-6 at home together, but that level goes up a notch in the postseason as Kansas City is 7-1 at home in the playoffs. The Chiefs average 36.5 points per game in the contests Mahomes starts in the playoffs, with the only loss coming in the 2018 AFC Championship Game -- where he did not touch the ball in an overtime loss against the New England Patriots.
Mahomes is incredible at Arrowhead Stadium in the playoffs. The Chiefs quarterback is responsible for 27 touchdowns (23 pass, four rush) with only one interception in eight home postseason games. The only game in which the Chiefs scored under 30 points at home in the playoffs was a game Mahomes left due to injury -- and the Chiefs still won.
Mahomes averages 318.8 passing yards per game with 23 touchdowns to just one interception at home in the playoffs. When Kansas City plays at Arrowhead Stadium in the Reid-Mahomes era, the Chiefs are very tough to beat.5. Chiefs seeking vengeance
The Chiefs were dominant in the postseason until they reached the Super Bowl last year, where they were embarrassed by the Tampa Bay Buccaneers as Patrick Mahomes was pressured 29 times -- the most ever by a quarterback in a Super Bowl since pressures first started being recorded in 2006.
Kansas City rebuilt its offensive line to protect its quarterback and avenge its Super Bowl loss, yet there was never a guarantee the Chiefs would reach the playoffs, and it actually looked iffy at one point this season. The Chiefs started the year at 3-4 and were in last place in the AFC West for the majority of the first half of the season.