The Kansas City Chiefs have moved one step closer to reaching Super Bowl 54 after an impressive comeback win against the Houston Texans. That saw them become the first team to overcome a 20-point deficit to win by a 20-point margin. The Chiefs are back in the AFC title game for the second straight year with a matchup against the Tennessee Titans. That has brought into question the last time that Kansas City has reached the Super Bowl in franchise history.
Chiefs’ illustrious history
The Chiefs first came into existence in 1960 as one of the teams in the American Football League (AFL) as part of the Western Division. The organization then moved to the NFL in the 1970 merger that saw them join the AFC West division that they have remained in for the last 50 years in the league.
That has seen them earn 22 playoff appearances, with four in the AFL and the last 18 coming in the NFL, which was behind 12 total division titles during that span. Kansas City has had the opportunity to possess some of the game’s greatest players that are enshrined in the Pro Football Hall of Fame, such as Emmitt Thomas, Marcus Allen, Joe Montana, Derrick Thomas, Will Shield, Tony Gonzalez, and Len Dawson to name a few.
The Chiefs have also had their longtime owner Lamar Hunt along with head coaches Hank Stram and Marv Levy. The franchise has had a rich history of success, with notable players and coaches a part of the organization over the years.
Chiefs’ last Super Bowl appearance
Throughout the years, the Chiefs have possessed some of the league’s most exciting teams. That ranges from the era with Marty Schottenheimer heading the charge with Hall of Famers Joe Montana and Marcus Allen to the era where Trent Green and Priest Holmes were front and center.
However, their last Super Bowl appearance came before they officially joined the NFL as they were in Super Bowl IV as the AFC representative facing the Minnesota Vikings. Dawson led the Chiefs under center in a game that they had full control throughout behind their defense.
Kansas City pushed their way to a 16-0 lead, which they held on to a 23-7 win, cruising their way to their third championship of the decade. Dawson completed 12-of-17 passes for 142 yards with a touchdown while flanker (wide receiver) Otis Taylor hauled in six catches for 81 receiving yards and a touchdown.
The Chiefs were widely viewed as the underdogs in the contest to the Vikings, who had entered the game holding a 12-2 record while scoring the most points and giving up the fewest in the league. Quarterback Joe Kapp led their offense, while their defense was led by their dominant defensive line nicknamed the “Purple People Eaters.” featuring the likes of Gary Larsen, Alan Page, Carl Eller and Jim Marshal.
Their performance in that Super Bowl against the Vikings only further cemented Stram’s legacy in NFL history. Since then, the Chiefs have reached only the AFC title game three times, with the last two coming in the previous two seasons.
Chiefs’ Super Bowl 54 odds
Heading into the AFC title game, the Chiefs were pegged as being the slight favorites over the San Francisco 49ers to win the Super Bowl.
Kansas City is coming off an impressive performance against the Texans that saw them come back from a 24-point first-half deficit behind the stellar play of reigning league MVP Patrick Mahomes. That saw him throw four touchdowns in the second quarter, which marked the second time that he has accomplished that feat in a quarter.
He’s also the only player to do that over the last five years. Mahomes also became the first player to notch at least 300 passing yards, 50 rushing yards and five passing touchdowns in a playoff game.
There are other formidable teams left in the field, with the likes of the Titans, 49ers, and Green Bay Packers, but the Chiefs’ Super Bowl chances may come down to their star quarterback being able to lift them over the top.