An article was written here a few weeks ago regarding a monster in the Midwest titled, “Sleeping Giant Will Awaken in Chiefs Kingdom.” The sleeping giant was in reference to the 2019 Kansas City Chiefs team that came up just short a season ago; something that probably still haunts them. However, they have a chance to make it right this Sunday, February 2nd in Miami, Florida against the NFC Champion San Francisco 49ers.
At 12-4, they captured the second seed in the AFC playoffs behind the 14-2 Baltimore Ravens. Clearly the most equipped team in at least the AFC, the Chiefs made their presence felt once their post season revenge tour started. Hosting the Houston Texans, who had beaten them earlier in the regular season, KC quickly fell behind. Before viewers could blink, it was 24-0 in favor of Houston. Of course, the Chiefs were probably just trying to make it a contest as they easily went on to outscore their opponent 51-7 after falling behind by a 24 spot as QB Patrick Mahomes complied a comical 321 yards and five touchdowns through the air.
Then, the Cinderella story Tennessee Titans marched into town fresh off two of the biggest post season upsets the NFL had seen in a while, at the Patriots and the Ravens. The king, Derrick Henry, had been rolling over defenses like a military vehicle in combat. Could the Chiefs defense slow the mighty titan down? They did; limiting Henry to 69 yards and a touchdown on only 19 carries. Although, one could argue the Titans offense took their star back out of the game by only feeding him seven times in the second half because of game flow. However, even after falling behind 10-0 quickly, the Chiefs remained poised as usual and out raced their adversary 28-7 from 6:39 left in the second quarter through the end of regulation to secure a 35-24 victory and Super Bowl berth.
Now, KC is one win away from their first Super Bowl victory in 50 years. While it is enjoyable to see the 49ers come this far after much struggling the past six seasons or so, it is the Chiefs time. Predicted as a -1.5 favorite, the AFC champions should be able to match up their track style offense against an undermanned San Francisco secondary as well as do enough to neutralize the ferocious front seven. Two units driven by speed and scheme, it shall be the Kansas City Chiefs’ Andy Reid led offense that narrowly out lasts the Niners DC Robert Saleh led defense.
It is time for the sleeping giant to claim what is rightfully theirs behind the most talented QB and one of the greatest offensive architects in the NFL.
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