KANSAS CITY, Mo. — The playoff picture is something Chiefs fans look forward to every season, but this year's excitement has reached an unquestionable high.
It's no secret the Chiefs' playoff history has been disappointing to say the least, but no matter where you go in Kansas City, people are realizing that there is something special going on at Arrowhead as the Chiefs are the top seed.
While they've earned a first round bye, they still must prepare for either the Baltimore Ravens, the Los Angeles Chargers and the Indianapolis Colts, and there's only one way to get ready for the unknown.
“Logically, two of the teams you have played against, so you have spent the hours on those two teams," Head Coach Andy Reid said at his weekly news conference. "The other one you haven’t played, so just logically, you go back and look at that team. But you also stay fresh on the other ones.”
For quarterback Patrick Mahomes, getting ready for this playoff run is more than exciting. And even though he became just the second signal caller to throw for 5,000 yards and 50 touchdowns in a season, he has no intention of taking his foot off the gas for the run for the Super Bowl.
“I mean, there’s definitely an intensity that you don’t have during the regular season, but preparation-wise, you are still doing the same things that have gotten you here," Mahomes said. "You still prepare, watch the film, game plan and do those things that you’ve had success with during the season and try to maximize those.”
The Chiefs average 35.3 points per game but in order to have any postseason success, the defense will have to continue to trend upward following a slow start to the season.
Holding Oakland to just three points to end the regular season is a not only a huge momentum boost, but works wonders for Kansas City's confidence.
“Yeah, especially when you have games like this where we show what we can do," Chiefs linebacker Dee Ford said. "That gives you a lot of confidence and you’re going to need it. We call it, ‘athletic arrogance.’ You need it. You need it. You need to go out and know what you can do and put in the work first and then have the confidence to go out and do it.”
Hold on and buckle up for one of the wildest playoff rides in Chiefs history.
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