KANSAS CITY, Mo. — The Kansas City Chiefs are hosting a fourth straight American Football Conference championship game, something the likes of which has never happened in the National Football League. If you’re not a fan yet or looking to start your fandom, there’s no better time than now.
Before kickoff against the Cincinnati Bengals at 2 p.m. Sunday, take some time to learn about the rich history of the Chiefs. We couldn’t include every moment of celebration, frustration, excitement and angst, so we’ve put together a small selection of what makes the Chiefs a fixture in Kansas City.
And you might be wondering how did they get here?
The Chiefs were originally the Dallas Texans of the American Football League. Owner Lamar Hunt moved the team to Kansas City in 1963, and they’ve been here ever since. The Chiefs appeared in the first-ever Super Bowl, then called the AFL-NFL World Championship Game, where they lost to the NFL’s Green Bay Packers 35-10.
They won Super Bowl IV over the Minnesota Vikings 23-7 and continued that glory for the rest of the 20th century and into the 21st century. Then a few changes in the front office and the coaching staff started to tip things in Kansas City’s favor.
How long have they been this good?
The Chiefs being at the top of the table is a whole new sentiment for fans, but they’ve been trending in that direction since head coach Andy Reid arrived on January 4, 2013. Reid, with the former quarterback -back Alex Smith, brought a winning culture to Kansas City, and they haven’t looked back since.
Kansas City hasn’t had a losing season since 2013, and they’ve made the playoffs in all but one season, when they were knocked out of the playoffs on the last day of the 2014 season. Every year it was as if they were getting one step closer to the edge of fame before breaking away from classic Kansas City fashion.
In 2017, the seeds were planted for the future when they traded in the first round of the NFL Draft to retire a Texas Tech quarterback.
The Seasons Fear the Grim Reaper, Patrick Mahomes
Super Bowl MVP, Captain, Leader, Game Breaker, Winner, Champion. All of these and more describe quarterback Patrick Mahomes, and to this day, fans can’t believe he plays for Kansas City.
For years, it was always the Chiefs on the other end of a crushing loss to a generational quarterback leading his team on a game-winning drive. Whether it was Tom Brady, Peyton Manning, or the one time Andrew Luck led a 28-point comeback in the 2013 wildcard game, Kansas City was always missing that piece.
Mahomes was the piece, and now it’s their turn. When the ball is in his hands in a close match, the opposing team’s fans know the outcome. All they can do is watch.
They have never finished below second place in the AFC standings since he took over the starting job in 2018. The only time he played in a playoff game on the road was during the Super Bowl, and he took the Chiefs there back-to-back. previous seasons, with a third consecutive appearance just one game away.
Mahomes also left his mark in Kansas City. He is part owner of the Kansas City Royals and his fiancee, Brittany Matthews, is part owner of Kansas City Current.
Chiefs fans no longer have to dream of having the superstar quarterback take them to the top of the mountain. The Chiefs finally have that cornerstone, and he’ll be around until at least 2031.
Wait – why is there a wolf in the field?
The Chiefs mascot is surprising to newcomers, but once you get used to it you’ll realize it’s a match made in heaven. Introduced in 1989, KC Wolf entertained fans of all ages with his goofy antics and multiple costume changes throughout a single match.
Why a wolf? Because of the Wolfpack, a rambunctious group of fans who sat in the stands when the Chiefs played at Municipal Stadium. The Wolfpack returned for every match with one goal – to cause massive destruction for the opponents.
KC Wolf also serves as the successor to Warpaint, the team’s living horse who retired ahead of the 2021 season as the team begins to move away from Native American imagery.
Get on the train and enjoy the ride. There is room for everyone.
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