On the Wednesday episode of the AP Laboratory, we finished up our season preview of each opponent by covering the final three teams — the Miami Dolphins, New Orleans Saints and Atlanta Falcons. The Chiefs take on the Dolphins in Week 14.
It’s a shame that the Chiefs can’t play the Dolphins in Kansas City so that Chiefs fans would have the opportunity to honor one of the heroes of their run to Super Bowl LIV.
Heading into Week 17 last year, it didn’t appear as though the Chiefs were going to secure one of two byes; they needed a miracle. Kansas City would have to beat the Chargers, and the Dolphins would have to beat the Patriots to clinch a week off for Patrick Mahomes.
Quarterback Ryan Fitzpatrick and the Dolphins were given next to no chance of upsetting the Patriots. The Chiefs needed a healthy dose of Fitzmagic — and got it.
Chiefs fans wanted to see Fitzpatrick bang the drum at Arrowhead against the Patriots in the Divisional round, but the Titans spoiled those plans by ending Tom Brady’s career in New England with an upset in Foxboro.
While that likely wasn’t happening anyway, it is a shame we’re not getting a chance to say thank you in person to Mr. Steal Your Bye.
If the Chiefs don’t get a bye week, who knows how things turn out for them?
As crazy as Wild Card weekend was in the NFL this season — and the added game the would have had to play — the season may not have ended with confetti. Instead, Fitzpatrick went in and upset the Patriots and the Chiefs took care of business at home.
When the Chiefs travel to the scene of their first Super Bowl victory in 50 years, they should bring an extra ring for Fitzpatrick (I don’t think I’m kidding).
It remains to be seen whether or not rookie quarterback Tua Tagovailoa will be playing by the end of the season or if Fitzpatrick will be under center. Regardless of if he plays, his legend was cemented in Kansas City, and he'll realize his status the next time he's in town.
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