It’s been 20 years since the Kansas City Chiefs have enjoyed a postseason victory, when the Chiefs topped the Houston Oilers, 28-20, in the 1993 AFC Divisional round at Houston on Jan. 16, 1994.
Chiefs head coach Andy Reid is going to use his nine years of head-coaching experience in the playoffs to try and help break the winless drought, when his team visits the Indianapolis Colts for today’s AFC Wild Card matchup.
“We’ll give it our best shot,” coach Reid said. “It’s a great opportunity. They’ve worked hard being fans and showing up. They showed up, when things weren’t good and they show up, when things are good. They’re loud. They’ve set records. And now, we have a chance to go enjoy the playoffs and play and give it our best shot. Everybody, let’s enjoy it.”
1) “It’s Still Football”
“You don’t try to read too much into the hype,” Smith said. “If anything, you just try to turn it up a little bit. You try to increase that focus. You try to eliminate some distractions. But, in the end, I think we’ve had a good routine. I think week in and week out, guys have prepared hard. I think to a certain extent, you keep that. If anything, you just try to clean things up, here or there. Like I said, it’s still going to come down to playing football and executing, blocking, tackling, pitch and catch. Those are the things that still need to be focused on. I don’t think (you) read into it too much. It’s still football.”
In Week 16, at Arrowhead Stadium, the Indianapolis Colts defeated the Chiefs, 23-7. The Colts were exceptional and the Chiefs committed miscues, including missed tackles, which they corrected in this week’s practice.
“In the league, there are some great runners out there,” Chiefs CB
3) “Be Creative” and Have Fun
Chiefs Pro Bowl RB
“Every week, we say, ‘Okay, how can we get 25 the football?’, Pederson said. "Whether it be from the backfield, empty it, motion, how can we do that? He is an explosive player; we know that (and) everybody knows that and we understand that people and defenses are going try to take him away and target him, so, we have to be creative with him and continue to find ways to get him the football in space.”
“I know what’s at stake,” Charles said. “My body feels so good and, I know, if I have to put the team on my back, I will. I’m really excited to take this role.”
And Chiefs fans are just as excited to see him in that role, hoping it leads their team to a much-anticipated playoff victory. Kickoff is set for 3:35 p.m. CT.
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