Chiefs try to end 25 years of playoff futility at Arrowhead

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Four days ago, the Chiefs celebrated a 25th anniversary that they’d rather not commemorate with silver, or anything else.

January 8, 1994. Steelers at Chiefs. Wild-card round. With Joe Montana at quarterback, the Chiefs beat the Steelers in overtime, 27-24, at Arrowhead Stadium.

Since then, the Chiefs haven’t won a single postseason game at Arrowhead Stadium. And they’ve played six there, losing each one.

1995 season, as the No. 1 seed, Jim Harbaugh and the Colts upended the Chiefs at Arrowhead, 10-7.

1997 season, again as the No. 1 seed, John Elway and the Broncos won a 14-10 game en route to the franchise’s first Super Bowl win.

Six years later, it was the Colts again. This time with Peyton Manning at quarterback and a 38-31 shootout. Seven years after that, the Ravens came to town and dished out a 30-7 defeat.

Next, a divisional-round loss to the Steelers in 2016 and a wild-card loss to the Titans in 2017. For the first time ever, the Chiefs will host a postseason game for the third straight year.

And the Colts are the perfect team against which to end the streak, or perhaps the perfect team to extend it. The Colts have produced a 4-0 record against the Chiefs in the postseason, and the Colts have as many playoff wins at Arrowhead Stadium as the Chiefs do: Two.

This time around, the Chiefs have Patrick Mahomes. But they had Mahomes for a handful of high-stakes games this season, against the Patriots, Rams, Chargers, and Seahawks. And despite the best efforts of Mahomes, the Chiefs couldn’t win any of those contests.

Today, the Chiefs have a chance to reverse a trio of narratives, relating to their quarter-century of playoff futility at home, their inability to win big games in 2018, and their 0-for-4 all-time performance against the Colts in a single-elimination setting.

45 responses to “Chiefs try to end 25 years of playoff futility at Arrowhead

  1. My team isn’t in it… so my Super Bowl will be watching the Chiefs get knocked off in the 1st round again. That fanbase already has themselves penciled in as Super Bowl winners as long as Mahomes is around.

  2. The Chiefs are perennial regular season masters and post season chokers.
    Will be interesting to see how Andy Reid handles the game. He’s had his share of playoff coaching blunders.

  3. But Arrowhead is a hard place to play. Yeah, right.


    every team has their kryptonite stadium they hate playing in. The steelers hate playing my patriots as we mostly dominate them, same for Buffalo and the Jets.

    We suck in Kansas City, in Miami, in Denver anytime against Carolina, not great against the Giants. Its about matchups.

  4. I’m rooting for the Chiefs because of my dad, but I really do think they’re ripe for an upset here.

    *They peaked around midseason
    *They lost their best RB, and the offense hasn’t been the same
    *Mahomes plays at his worst–which is still pretty good–in big games. I only saw the four games mentioned, and he missed several open receivers high, and didn’t come through in the clutch.
    *The weather is going to slow the pace of the game.
    *The Chiefs have a very mediocre defense, the Colts have an above average offense, a dynamic QB, and defense that’s playing VERY well. Defense wins in the playoffs.

    Again, I’m rooting for the Chiefs and hope I’m wrong on all of this. But my money would be on the Colts.

  5. electricnostalgia says:

    January 12, 2019 at 10:31 am

    My team isn’t in it… so my Super Bowl will be watching the Chiefs get knocked off in the 1st round again. That fanbase already has themselves penciled in as Super Bowl winners as long as Mahomes is around.
    Well I guess you lost your personal super bowl then cause last week was the 1st round and the chiefs didn’t play. Better luck next year.

  6. This is one of those games where I have no dog in the fight but wish both teams could win. Id love to see either go all the way. Ill be happy for whomever wins, but feel bad for who doesn’t. Contrast to the other AFC game where I think most of us who aren’t Pats fans want the Chargers to win, and anyone but the Pats in the Super Bowl.

  7. Chiefs will win today. Bank on it! It will be close but Andy his team are headed to the Super Bowl this postseason. Beating the Colts is step one.

  8. patsfan1820 says:
    January 12, 2019 at 10:42 am
    Unfortunately I can’t see the Chiefs losing this week but it’d be funny if they were. The talent is there but can Andy Reid get out of his own way?


    I can totally see the Colts going in there and playing spoiler. They have been playing pretty good on defense and Luck is back to being what many thought he was. If the Colts strike first and get their run game going they can stay out in front of a team that has been Swiss cheese on defense.

  9. The Chiefs have lost in the playoffs so many times because they never had a QB..except a 98 year old Joe Montana who won over Pittsburgh at home(barely) and then went to a red hot Houston and engineered an AWESOME 4th Qtr come from behind Victory that landed him on the cover of Sports Illustrated. Chiefs had to go to Buffalo the next week and Montana got knocked out early and Buffalo never lost at home in the ice/snow back then.
    So, if you have the QB you have a very good chance to win. Colts might be in trouble today.

  10. tylawspick6 says:
    January 12, 2019 at 10:32 am
    Wow. I had no idea it was this bad.

    No wonder why their fans have so much anger.

    Chiefs are my second team, and the Trent Green team in 2003 is the one that hurts most. Not only the the Rams Redux lose a game in which they punted once, it was the one that effectively ended Priest Holmes’ career.

    Mahomes trying to become the first QB ever drafted by them to win a playoff game.

  11. Only 2 Chief playoff wins at Arrowhead in 47 seasons?

    Wonder if an opponent or 2 has more?


    The Colts have two. 1995 and 2003 seasons.

  12. I’ll be pulling for the Chiefs, Rams, Eagles, and ___________ to go to their respective Conference Championship Games, for an admittedly odd concoction of reasons.

    Chiefs because I’ve liked KC in both football and baseball for as long as I can remember. I don’t even know why. I just have.

    Rams because the Los Angeles Rams’ plastic mini-helmet was my favorite one (behind the Packers) I collected from cereal boxes in the 1960s.

    Eagles because Foles winning another one would set the entire word on its ear and the guy is just downright likable. I also liked Doug Pederson as Favre’s backup and I really like his aggressive style. Lastly, the Packers have New Orleans’ 1st round pick in the upcoming draft so a Saints loss is better, albeit slightly, for the Pack.

    _____________ because I normally like to pull for an underdog… BUT… I simply cannot ignore the greatness of the Patriots, Bill Belichick and Tom Brady. Rivers is certainly deserving but it would also seem “right” for Brady and Belichick to win one more, then ride on outta here in a blaze of glory. Not that retirement is imminent for either of them, as far as I know.

    I told you guys it was an odd concoction of reasons.

  13. If I recall, the last KC playoff win at Arrowhead took some luck. I believe they were losing to Pittsburgh and got a blocked punt in the waning minutes that led to the comeback.

  14. If we lose it will be because our defense is terrible. Andy Reid has to coach differently. He has to go for it on 4th down way more often. Fourth down on your own 40? Better go for it. Reid won’t though, he doesn’t seem to adjust that way. He won’t admit his defense is awful.

  15. It’s not happening. The Colts are winning in an upset. Statistically, they are the more complete team right now. The Colts have the 6th ranked scoring offense and they have the 9th ranked scoring defense. While the Chiefs have the best offense in the league for scoring, they also have the 24th ranked scoring defense. Not to mention, Mahomes winning the MVP award is a curse for KC.

  16. For all the “despite Andy Reid” types: there is a reason this is the 1st time in their franchise history that the Chiefs are hosting their 3rd straight playoff game and that reason is Andy Reid! He transformed the Chiefs from perennial losers into regular winners. Just like he did the Eagles before he went to KC.

  17. The winner of this game is going to the SB. If the Colts win, they will continue playing with house money as they have already exceeded expectations and will have little pressure going forward. If the Chiefs win, they will have finally exorcized their home playoff losing streak and will be on their way. The O/U has dropped to 55.5 but the other # has stayed at -5; if it gets to 4.5, I’m betting the house on red.

  18. If the Colts are within 7 entering the 4th qtr they will win as Reid will go into panic mode and make the wrong clock, time out, play call or challenge decisions, Andy Reid coaches in the playoffs like Mike Tomlin does all season long in close games. Their airway closes up and they can’t do anything about it. This is the Colts game for the taking if they want it.

  19. Winning or losing doesnt really matter in KC. It’s all about having fun and enjoying some good times. Why take the games so seriously? We dont. So who’s going be at The Hay Dance tonight? How fun!

  20. Andy Reid is ready for retirement. Mahomes showed us his best this regular season. The defensive coordinators now have his number. KC is loud but loud doesn’t win games. Colts defense is happening. Next they get New England who’s Dynasty is about over. Colts in super bowl against Philadelphia.

  21. ariani1985 says:
    January 12, 2019 at 1:36 pm
    Packers of the 70s 80s and 90s won ZERO playoff games! 30 years of failure!
    At least the Chiefs have won a Super Bowl. The vikings of the 60’s, 70’s, 80’s, 90’s, 00’s and 10’s have won ZERO Super Bowls! Going on 60 years of failure!

  22. The Chiefs will come out hot, but I feel the Colts have the better all around team for a full 60 minutes. The Chiefs O is superb, but their D puts up little resistance to competent offenses. The Colts have enough on both sides of the ball to pull an upset. The weather also seems to favor this Colts team as well. 6-7 weeks ago Id say Chiefs easily, but the way these teams have looked the last few games I have to think Colts here.

  23. Kansas City Chief fans are great and long suffering. Hopefully this Chief team(along with Mahomes) can shatter some records!

  24. Fourth quarter 24 to 7 Chiefs. The mud hole stomping continues and the past is the past. Keep talking smack about this Chiefs team and doubting them. It seems to be working well for ya.

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