On a special edition of the Arrowhead Pride Laboratory, we took a look at some of the Kansas City Chiefs’ unsung heroes of the playoff run to the Super Bowl.
Here are three players that had big roles for the Chiefs who may not have received enough attention:
The veteran offensive lineman signed with the Chiefs on a minimum contract this offseason and has had to play a lot of snaps. The offensive line has experienced significant attrition throughout the course of the season — including leading up to it with opt-outs from Laurent Duvernay-Tardif and rookie Lucas Niang. The depth has been tested all year, and Remmers has been a key piece in steadying the ship. He’s been a versatile player that’s been able to stay healthy enough to step in wherever the Chiefs have needed him. He’s expected to hold the blind side of Patrick Mahomes in the Super Bowl.
We were all feeling uneasy when Mahomes exited the playoff game against the Cleveland Browns. There was so much uncertainty surrounding his status moving forward and the outlook of this team’s chances of running it back. Henne did a great job steadying the ship. No, the Chiefs didn’t put many points on the board after Mahomes’ exit — but they did have some sustained drives — even though one ended in a red-zone interception. Henne played well, completing 6 of 8 passes for 66 yards and holding off the Browns by running the clock out. His greatest contribution came on a third-and-long run that created a short fourth down that Andy Reid was aggressive enough to execute. He put the ball in Henne’s hands on a sprint-out play to Tyreek Hill that sealed the game and gave Mahomes a chance to come back and reclaim the Lamar Hunt Trophy.
Okafor isn’t going to show up much on the stat sheet, but he has put together a strong run in the playoffs. It isn’t one overwhelming trump card but rather a collection of plays doing his job and opening things up for everyone. The Chiefs have asked Okafor to do a lot this playoff stretch — even dropping in coverage. He’s been good at the point of attack and even provided a little disruption these last two weeks. He’s quietly helped himself for free agency this offseason.
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