"I do that all the time, even in walkthroughs," Chiefs safety Eric Berry said, describing a habit that perhaps contributed to the third first-team All-Pro campaign of his career. "Just going through everything, like you can pretty much have a limit on physical reps, but mental reps and visualizing and just really painting that picture on how you want to play the game, that plays a big role in what you actually really do, so I like to do that, and also, I just like to appreciate the moment and just take it all in, and go from there."
"It has the potential to be a pretty nasty ice storm," said Chiefs President Mark Donovan. "But it also has the potential to be a rain storm and snow. The biggest thing is we are preparing for all of them." According to The Weather Channel’s website, weather.com, Kansas City has a 90 percent chance of freezing rain on Sunday with a high temperature of 33.
You can get in the door at Arrowhead for $69, according to the latest prices on New York-based secondary ticket market TiqIQ Inc. That's far lower than the next lowest-priced game which is $131 to get in the door to see the Dallas Cowboys take on the Green Bay Packers, and that is a standing-room-only ticket.
He even thinks franchise ownership counts. He lauded the family of the late Art Rooney for its ownership of the Steelers, versus the ownership of the Chiefs by the family of the late Lamar Hunt. "Point blank: The Hunt family, they live in Texas," Kovac said. "They fly into town to see their home team. Our owners, they drive up the street to see the team they own. In a nutshell, that speaks volumes. Period."
"It was embarrassing," Chiefs center Mitch Morse said. "There’s a little chip on our shoulders. It left a bad taste in our mouths." Phooey, said Steelers quarterback Ben Roethlisberger. "’ll be honest, I didn’t really think it was much motivation," Roethlisberger said. "You’re in the playoffs. If you need a revenge factor in the playoffs to help you win something’s wrong with you. We didn’t even think we beat (the Dolphins) because they beat us earlier. "You’re in the playoffs. You’ve got to throw everything out, whether you played them before, didn’t play them, personnel, whatever it is, you kind of start fresh when you get here."
"It was no different than what I mentioned — you can go back and pull out whatever we said," Reid said. "I don’t know exactly what he said. I’d tell you he’s here working his tail off and trying to get back to where he can play again at this level.
He is faster than his early days, and stronger than last year. His brain never stops — Tamba Hali says Berry watches a "sickening" amount of film — which has helped outdate the criticisms of his coverage skills.
Oakland Raiders defensive end Khalil Mack was chosen AFC defensive player of the year, and coach Jack Del Rio was picked as AFC coach of the year. The Dallas Cowboys also scored big with rookie running back Ezekiel Elliott selected as NFC offensive player of the year and Jason Garrett as the top NFC coach.
Quarterback Ben Roethlisberger also was listed as out with a foot injury but he said on Wednesday that he usually gets that day to rest. "I’m going to do my normal Wednesday, no practice," Roethlisberger said. "Ha. You’re in the league for 13 years you get some of those days."
The Chiefs have been cautiously nursing the surgically repaired left knee of star pass rusher Justin Houston back to health. He should be ready just in time to face Pittsburgh on Sunday. To which Steelers quarterback Ben Roethlisberger replied: "I think Justin should take his time, think about his health and his family, and take one more week off." "Well," Chiefs coach Andy Reid countered, "Ben’s a smart guy."
The Steelers will surrender some deep passing plays, though they are solid at choking off intermediate routes. Yet many teams (Philadelphia, Dallas among them) have had some success against Pittsburgh’s big, physical defense by running the ball up the middle, peppering the middle with short passes and utilizing the screen game and throwing to the running backs, as the Steelers can be stressed by speed and have missed 121 tackles, the eighth-most in the league (FO). That means Spencer Ware and Charcandrick West could be factors in the passing game along with star tight end and leading receiver Travis Kelce.
It’s all about the playoffs. We know this. Bell is already the most talented running back in Steelers history, but he’s not the most accomplished. That honor belongs to Franco Harris, whose legacy sometimes feels lost amid all the greatness that surrounded him. I did not remember, for example, that Franco entered the 1984 season poised to break the NFL’s all-time rushing record. He trailed Jim Brown by 362 yards before he abruptly ended retired in Seattle (Walter Payton moved past Harris before Harris could reach Brown).