My copy of the official Super Bowl DVD and Blu-ray we have been talking about on Arrowhead Pride the past few weeks arrived in the mail late last week. On Monday, I took a look at “Super Bowl LIV Champions: Kansas City Chiefs.”
The video is now available here.
I’ll get to my five team takeaways in a second, but there are a few things to know going into the film.
First, this is a story of the 2019 season — not a football story. What I mean by that is there are highlights of great plays rather than in-depth play breakdowns. It includes sights, sounds and mic’ings, rather than your typical press conferences.
In 75 minutes, NFL Films recaps each regular-season and playoff game of the Chiefs’ 2019 season. More than anything especially novel, the video provides a well-produced reminder of the season. But by its end, it plays as a must-have for Chiefs fans, who can watch the video over and over, remembering the run for years to come.
The NFL Films music and the narration by Scott Graham — who, for example, explains that before the Chiefs’ Thursday night game against the Denver Broncos that the Chiefs were about to “regain their mojo but lose their maestro” — was outstanding.
Now, for some things that stood out:
1. The video does not begin with the 2019 season.
The video opens in 2019, but not with the Jacksonville Jaguars game in Week 1. It instead recounts the Chiefs’ AFC title loss to the New England Patriots in January — along with how the devastation was simply a prelude for what was to come the following season.
2. Little moments make the film.
The film captures many little moments that Chiefs fans would not otherwise get to enjoy. In Week 6 against the Houston Texans, Tyrann Mathieu wanted to beat his former team so badly, he shouts “We got to do it every f—king snap, I don’t give a f—k if Randy Moss came out here.” During the Minnesota Vikings game, Damien Williams tells Tyreek Hill “not to embarrass me on TV” when he catches up to Williams as he scores a field-long touchdown. And in Week 15 against the Broncos, Patrick Mahomes explains he is a “snow-game guy” — that is, that the snow slows everything down, allowing him to pick apart the defense from the pocket.
3. Eric Bieniemy, Mahomes and Frank Clark shine.
Throughout the film, it becomes clear why Andy Reid feels so strongly about offensive coordinator Eric Bieniemy being able to lead a team. In Week 2 against the Oakland Raiders, Bieniemy calms Mahomes down while emphasizing team football. During the first game against the Tennessee Titans, he tells the offense it could score “70 points on their ass if we stop playing against ourselves.” And then against the Patriots, he would not let the Chiefs relent because they wouldn’t give the Chiefs the “benefit of the doubt.”
When the Chiefs were down 24-0 against the Texans, it wasn’t just Mahomes who rallied the team. Frank Clark is seen hyping up the defensive unit and keeping it in the game. Earlier in the season — in the Chiefs’ game against the Los Angeles Chargers — Clark shouted at cornerback Michael Davis, explaining how he left his ankles on the Chiefs’ sideline after being juked by Sammy Watkins.
4. Demarcus Robinson, Bashaud Breeland and Daniel Sorensen were critical to the run.
These three players pop up over and over. At the beginning of the season — with Hill sidelined — Demarcus Robinson made some outstanding catches. If a team signs him away from the Chiefs, they will be hoping to replicate what he did early on against the Raiders and Baltimore Ravens. Cornerback Bashaud Breeland was the reason the Chiefs beat the Detroit Lions — and had timely interceptions against the Patriots in New England and the San Francisco 49ers in the Super Bowl. Daniel Sorensen sealed the game against the Chargers with a late pass breakup — and probably had the Divisional round game’s most important play.
It appears more than likely that Sorensen will be the only member of this trio back this year — but after watching this film, it appears likely the other two will be missed.
5. Travis Kelce embracing his father is my favorite clip of the video — and the season.
The embrace between Travis Kelce and his father after the Chiefs won the Super Bowl is incredible. It is nice the Kelce family will have it forever.
As they cried in each other’s arms, Ed Kelce tells Travis, “I’m so happy for you. You’ve worked so hard all your life. Never ever really got the recognition you deserved.”
Now... he has.
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