.KANSAS CITY, Mo. — This wasn’t just a playoff win, it was an exorcism.
Decades of frustration, one loss seemingly more agonizing than the next. Nail-biters and blowouts alike, losses on the road and ones in front of their long-suffering and loyal fans. For 25 years now, the Kansas City Chiefs have come up empty, their season cut short before the AFC Championship – a game that ends with the winner hoisting a trophy named for longtime Chiefs owner Lamar Hunt.
So, yes, this one was special, a victory that was so much more than that. For only the second time in the last 12 tries, the Chiefs are winners in the postseason. For the first time since Joe Montana and Marcus Allen were repping the red and gold, Kansas City will play for the AFC title.
At home, no less.
“Couldn’t be more excited,” Clark Hunt, Lamar’s son and current CEO of the Chiefs, said after the 31-13 victory over the Indianapolis Colts on Saturday afternoon. “It’s been a long time coming.”
If you’re a Chiefs fan, it’s understandable if you’ve felt bad karma befell your team along the way. Even Montana couldn’t bring this team a Super Bowl. Couldn’t even get the Chiefs there.
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