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The Kansas City Chiefs Are Headed To The Super Bowl, Again!

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Kansas City Chiefs players celebrate after the AFC championship NFL football game against the Buffalo Bills, Sunday, Jan. 24, 2021, in Kansas City, Mo. The Chiefs won 38-24. (AP Photo/Jeff Roberson)

The Kansas City Chiefs hosted the AFC Championship game at Arrowhead Stadium, defeating the Buffalo Bills 38-24.

After the Kansas City Chiefs made history by becoming the first team to host the AFC Championship in the same stadium for three years in a row, they’re set to make more history with a trip to Super Bowl LV after a 38-24 victory over the Buffalo Bills.

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Kansas City Chiefs running back Darrel Williams (31) breaks a tackle by Buffalo Bills safety Jordan Poyer (21) during a 6-yard touchdown run in the first half of the AFC championship NFL football game, Sunday, Jan. 24, 2021, in Kansas City, Mo. (AP Photo/Jeff Roberson)

The Chiefs are bidding to become the first back-to-back Super Bowl champions since New England in ’03 and ’04 when Tom Brady was under center for the Patriots.

Ironically, the 43-year old Brady will be at quarterback when the Chiefs travel to Tampa Bay. Brady added another page of history by leading the Bucs to Super Bowl LV on their home field, which had never been done before in the history of the Super Bowl era. It will be Brady’s tenth Super Bowl appearance.

The Chiefs defeated the Bucs, 27-14, on Nov. 29. When asked after the game about a possible return to Tampa for Super Bowl LV, quarterback Patrick Mahomes said, “You get a familiarity with the stadium, with the process of going to the hotel, with the city and that’s something that eases your mind.”

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Kansas City Chiefs quarterback Patrick Mahomes (15) throws a pass ahead of Buffalo Bills defensive end Darryl Johnson, right, during the first half of the AFC championship NFL football game, Sunday, Jan. 24, 2021, in Kansas City, Mo. (AP Photo/Orlin Wagner)

It also adds to the intriguing quarterback matchup between Brady and Mahomes. The last time the two quarterbacks played in a game that decided a championship was the 2019 AFC title game when Mahomes was the NFL’s 2018 MVP in his first season as a starter.

Once Mahomes was cleared from the NFL’s concussion protocol on Friday, the question was whether or not Mahomes would be as sharp as he was before the injury against the Cleveland Browns in the AFC Divisional game.

But Kansas City’s first quarter deficit was more attributable to dropped passes and a costly turnover on a punt return rather than any fault of Mahomes.

Mahomes is the first NFL quarterback under the age of 26 to lead a team to two straight Super Bowl appearances. He finished the game with 325 yards passing and 3 touchdowns.

Most importantly, it’s his first Super Bowl appearance since signing a contract worth than $500 million in the off-season, a contract built to keep the core of a championship team together.

Sports have an economic and social impact on our community and, as a sports reporter, I go beyond the scores and statistics. I also bring the human element to the sports figures who have a hand in shaping the future of not only their respective teams but our town. Reach me at gregechlin@aol.com.
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