The playoff version of Smith is the antithesis. He is brash and confident and carries a gunslinger’s swagger, and his numbers in five games put him among the best quarterbacks in NFL history. His passer rating of 99.1 trails only Bart Starr, Kurt Warner, Aaron Rodgers and Drew Brees.
In the last 20 years, the Chiefs are 161-159 in the regular season. At home, they are 96-64. On the road, 65-95. Remember that 57.4 percent number? That’s vaguely typical for most seasons. And in the last two decades, the Chiefs have won exactly 60 percent of their home regular-season games and 40.6 percent on the road. If you want to include the playoffs, the Chiefs have won 58.9 percent of their home games, and 40.2 percent of their road games. Basically, about what you would expect for any team.
While Hill has avoided any and all trouble since that night, this pales in comparison to the emotional scar the victim bears. The wishes of Hill’s ex-girlfriend, who has since birthed her baby boy, must also be accounted for. One may think Hill should be in prison for his crime, but the person most greatly affected bravely faced him in court and worked with prosecutors to come up with a punishment she felt was adequate. She has declined or not responded to multiple media requests—including one from SI—but in a 2015 tweet to an Oklahoma State fan she wrote "I’m the person he attacked. If I can let go, so can you."
That's because playoff games are regulated by the NFL, which provides a number the team has to hit to be considered sold out. Donovan said the Chiefs hit that goal last week, thanks mainly to about 90 percent of season-ticket holders reserving their playoff tickets. The team still has a few tickets available that were held in reserve for various reasons, but Donovan expects those to disappear quickly, something the secondary market seems to agree with because prices have been rising. Chiefs tickets are selling for $102 to $2,223 on Ticketmaster, which is the official NFL ticket exchange.
There's a possibility we see a rematch of the classic first-ever Super Bowl.
If the one-point spread sticks in Kansas City's favor, that could be bad news for the Chiefs. Kansas City is just 11-16-1 ATS as a home favorite under coach Andy Reid. Of course, having Reid for this game might actually be a good thing. In Reid's career, he's 16-2 coming off a bye during the regular season. Reid is also 3-0 straight up in the playoffs when he gets a bye through the wild-card round, although all three of those wins came with the Eagles.
"There is a myth that says you do not want to go to Arrowhead Stadium for a big game, you do not want to go for a playoff game. Here’s the thing: yes, you do. They’ve lost four in a row. Four playoff games in a row at Arrowhead. 2-4 all time.
This will be the teams first-meeting in the playoffs since the Chiefs defeated the Steelers and coach Bill Cowher 27-24 at Arrowhead Stadium in 1993. The Chiefs defeated the aforementioned Oilers in the divisional round, before falling 30-13 to the Buffalo Bills in the their last AFC Championship game appearance.The Chiefs will take their shot at the Steelers and their prolific-trio led by quarterback Ben Roethlisberger (3,819 yards passing), running back Le’Veon Bell (1,268 yards rushing and 616 yards receiving) and wide receiver Antonio Brown (1,284 yards receiving and 106 receptions) in Kansas City’s fifth home Divisional Round playoff game of all-time.The Chiefs are 0-4 in their previous four home divisional playoff game opportunities with losses in 1971, 1995, 1997 and 2003. The Chiefs have never hosted an AFC Championship game.
There are many mysteries of life I think about on a daily basis -- like whether or not Rose died at the end of "Titanic" (she was dreaming) -- but none of them are more perplexing than Reid's record coming off a bye. It makes no sense. Of course, the bye was probably a good thing for the Chiefs this week because they need to figure out how to beat a Steelers team that pounded them 43-14 back in Week 4. That's a lot of figuring out to do.
Things have changed for both teams since that first meeting at Heinz Field, and head coach Andy Reid was quick to point that out during his press conference on Monday. "No, they were there," Reid said when asked if his team needed any added motivation. They know what Pittsburgh is all about.
The Chiefs have continued to allow a lot of yards, but not the points they allowed against the Steelers. The Chiefs haven’t yielded more than 28 points in any game since losing to Pittsburgh.
The Chiefs haven’t had a lot of room for error in most of their games this year, considering they had the fourth-toughest schedule in the NFL this past season. The overall combined winning percentage of the teams the Chiefs played was .564, and of the eight teams currently remaining in the playoffs, that proved to be the most difficult path taken to be in this position.