By Matthew Feimer
The red wave is here! No it was not election night in America. The Kansas City Chiefs are finally on top of the football world. Two weeks ago they captured the Lamar Hunt Trophy for winning the American Football Conference (AFC). The trophy named after the original owner of the Kansas City Chiefs in the American Football League (AFL), 50 years after Hank Stram and Len Dawson led Kansas City’s last amazing run before with the merger with the National Football League (NFL).
In the year 2020 it was Andy Reid and Patrick Mahomes that ended that drought. In Kansas City Chiefs fashion they came from behind from double digits to do it again. Three weeks ago they were down 24-0 at home to the Houston Texans and scored 51 points to win 51-31. Two weeks again at home they were down 10 points to the physical Tennessee Titans and came back to win the AFC championship. Last night they were down 10 points in the 4th quarter to arguably the most well rounded team in football and scored 21 unanswered points to bring home the Vince Lombardi Trophy.
Patrick Mahomes was The Most Valuable player of the game. At 24 years old he is the youngest to do it. With more experience he will only get better. Has the baton been passed from Tom Brady to Mahomes? We have many years to debate it. Mahomes was 26/42 for 286 yards with 3 touchdowns and 2 interceptions. It was not his greatest game and he looked rusty at times. However in the 4th quarter while down by 10 points with under 8 minutes to go that is when Pat Mahomes stole the show and lead a 21 point 4th quarter. This is how people go to the Hall of Fame. Big plays in big moments on the biggest stages.
Andy Reid is now a Super Bowl Champion Head Coach. After coaching 222 games and at age 62, his journey here is just like the Kansas City Chiefs Super Bowl drought. Many chances and heartbreaks with many of them coming on their home field. It is fitting Andy Reid was the one to lead Chiefs nation on this amazing run and after the game you can see the joy and relief on his face. He said in his interview that this was well worth the wait.
Steve Spagnuolo is now a champion Defensive Coordinator again. His defense by no means will be put in the same category as his New York Giants or any of the great defenses of the past. They bent but they didn’t break. His defense did just enough to keep them in the games so Mahomes and the offense could run their magic. As a result the longest gap between championships in the NFL is now history and the fans in Kansas City can now enjoy the victory celebration coming up this week. I remember in 1994 when my New York Rangers ended 54 years of heartache. Live it up Chiefs fans. This was a long time coming.