How They Got Here: Kansas City Chiefs

There are people who lived their entire lives without ever seeing the Chiefs win a Super Bowl. Now, for the first time since 1970, Kansas City – the heartland of the United States – will have a chance to win it all.  

It’s only fitting that the first team to play in the first-ever Super Bowl will grace the grand stage to cap off the NFL’s 100th season.  

From Tomahawk Chops down to The Sea of Red, the Chiefs embody everything special about the Midwest, making Super Bowl LIV more than just another football game.

This year’s Super Bowl has a very special feel to it, and for a fan base that has waited 50 long years to get here, it’s time to rewind and reflect on what has been another extraordinary season.

Week 1 – @ Jacksonville Jaguars:

  • Result: Chiefs 40 – Jaguars 26
  • Spread: (-3.5)
  • Total: 49

ICYMI: The Chiefs were a punters pal to start the season covering the -3.5 spread easily on the road. Patrick Mahomes picked up where he left off with a 378-yard, three-touchdown game, including two deep hookups with Sammy Watkins – a sign of things to come.

Week 2 – @ Oakland Raiders:

  • Result: Chiefs 28 – Raiders 10
  • Spread (-7.0)
  • Total: 53.5

ICYMI: a date with their division rival quickly turned into another profitable play as the Chiefs put a 28-10 fork in the Raiders. Overs bettors were left empty-handed as the game turned out somewhat low scoring, but it was another big performance from Mahomes that did the trick. For only the third time in his career, the reigning MVP threw for over 400 yards.  

Week 3 – vs Baltimore Ravens

  • Result: Chiefs 33 – Ravens 28
  • Spread: (-4.5)
  • Total: 52

ICYMI: The Chiefs extended their unbeaten record with a gutsy home win over the undefeated Ravens, covering the spread for the third game in a row. A casual 23-point second quarter and a pair of touchdowns from LeSean McCoy was all it took to send Kanas City to 3-0.

Week 4 – @ Detroit Lions

  • Result: Chiefs 34 – Lions 30
  • Spread: (-7.5)
  • Total: 54.5

ICYMI: Things got a little interesting here as the Chiefs found themselves down 23-20 heading into the fourth quarter. Matthew Stafford put the Lions up 30-27 with less than three minutes remaining, before Mahomes took things up a notch leading a 79-yard drive to set up Darrel Williams’ game-winning touchdown.  

Week 5 – vs Indianapolis Colts

  • Result: Chiefs 13 – Colts 19
  • Spread: (-10.5)
  • Total: 55.5

ICYMI: The bookies laid the Chiefs as -10.5 favourites in Week 5, one they’d probably like to have back. Marlon Mack murdered Kansas City on the ground rushing for 132-yards, while the Colts’ defence held the Chiefs to only 22 minutes of possession in a six-point loss.

Week 6 – vs Houston Texans

  • Result: Chiefs 24 – Texans 31
  • Spread: (-3.5)
  • Total: 54.5

ICYMI: Houston added to the Chiefs’ woes in Week 6 with a 31-24 victory. Unlike their Divisional Round rematch, the Texans clawed their way back from a 17-3 first-quarter deficit because, well… Deshaun Watson.

Week 7 – @ Denver Broncos

  • Result: Chiefs 30 – Broncos 6
  • Spread: (-3.0)
  • Total: 49.5

ICYMI: Turns out the Mile-High club was exactly what the Chiefs needed. Kansas City came through with the goods covering the -3.0 spread, but they received a bit of a scare in the process with Mahomes suffering a knee injury midway through the second quarter.

Week 8 – vs Green Bay Packers

  • Result: Chiefs 24 – Packers 31
  • Spread: (+5.0)
  • Total: 48.0

ICYMI: The Chiefs found themselves as the underdog for the first time all season after deciding to rest Mahomes and his injured knee. The news robbed NFL fans of the Mahomes v Rodgers matchup they’d been dreaming of, and despite Matt Moore’s best efforts, the Packers left Arrowhead with a victory to send the Chiefs to 4-3.

Week 9 – vs Minnesota Vikings

  • Result: Chiefs 26 – Vikings 23
  • Spread: (+5.5)
  • Total: 46.0

ICYMI: Damien Williams rushing for a 91-yard touchdown and three 40+ yard field goals from Harrison Butker. In the grand scheme of things, this win went a long way with Mahomes still on the sidelines and eventually meant the difference between second and third in the AFC seeding.

Week 10 – @ Tennessee Titans

  • Result: Chiefs 32 – Titans 35
  • Spread: (-5.0)
  • Total: 49.0

ICYMI: How does a team lose when their quarterback throws for over 400-yards? Derrick Henry, that’s how. This game was the start of Tennessee’s remarkable run that led to a not-so thrilling conclusion in the AFC Championship Game. Henry rushed for 188 yards and two touchdowns despite the Titans converting only twice on third down. It was also the last time the Chiefs lost a game.

Week 11 – @ Los Angeles Chargers

  • Result: Chiefs 24 – Chargers 17
  • Spread: (-5.5)
  • Total: 52.5

ICYMI: Truth be told, there wasn’t a lot to like about the Chiefs in Los Angeles. Mahomes threw for the fourth-fewest yards in his career (182), but the defence picked up the slack by intercepting Philip Rivers four times.

Week 13 – vs Oakland Raiders

  • Result: Chiefs 40 – 9
  • Spread: (-11.5)
  • Total: 52.5

ICYMI: Led by three rushing touchdowns from Mahomes, McCoy and Darwin Thompson, the Chiefs laid a 40-point smackdown on the Raiders to cover their second double-digit spread of the season. Derek Carr doing what he does best (turning the ball over) also helped.

Week 14 – @ New England Patriots

  • Result: Chiefs 23 – Patriots 16
  • Spread: (+3.0)
  • Total: 49.5

ICYMI: The Chiefs gave Tom Brady a kiss of their own in New England holding him to only 169-yards. This was also our first real taste of the Patriots’ deflating demise, and boy did their tears taste sweet.

Week 15 – vs Denver Broncos

  • Result: 23 – Broncos 3
  • Spread: (-10.0)
  • Total: 43

ICYMI: Travis Kelce cashing in for his second 100-yard game of the season. The star tight end caught 11 of his 13 targets for 142-yards, most of which came on a huge 41-yard completion from Mahomes. The day market Kelce’s third-highest yardage total in his career.

Week 16 – @ Chicago Bears

  • Result: Chiefs 26 – Bears 3
  • Spread: (-6.5)
  • Total: 45.5

ICYMI: Mahomes becoming the 11th quarterback in the Super Bowl era to win 23 games in his first 30 career starts. Less importantly, the Chiefs also covered the spread for the 10th time on the season.

Week 17 – vs Los Angeles Chargers

  • Result: Chiefs 31 – Chargers 21
  • Spread: (-10.0)
  • Total: 46.0

ICYMI: Mecole Hardman’s 104-yard kickoff return touchdown in the third quarter. At just 21-years-old, Hardman became the first rookie since Tyreek Hill in 2016 to return a kickoff for a touchdown in Chiefs history. Not to be forgotten, this also marked the sixth straight 800-yard season for Kelce.

AFC Divisional Round – vs Houston Texans

  • Result: Chiefs 51 – Texans 31
  • Spread: (-10.0)
  • Total: 50.5

ICYMI: Where to begin? This game had a 21-point comeback, five touchdowns from the arm of Mahomes and a whole bunch of other milestones in between. Damien Williams became only the fourth player to score 3+ touchdowns in multiple playoff games since 1950. The Chiefs also became the first team since 1970 to score a touchdown on seven straight drives. This game had everything!

AFC Championship Game – vs Tennessee Titans

  • Result: Chiefs 35 – Titans 24
  • Spread: (-7.5)
  • Total: 51

ICYMI: More Mahomes magic. First, there was a 27-yard scramble right before half time to put the Chiefs ahead 21-17. Second, there was a 60-yard bomb to Sammy Watkins to send the Chiefs to their first Super Bowl since 1970. All of this was spoiled by some cringe-worthy antics from Kelce after the game.

Where They Came From

Month Super Bowl Odds
June $9.00
September $8.50
November $11.00
Pre-Playoffs (January) $5.00
Super Bowl LIV $1.75

The bookies were all over the Chiefs laying them at $9.00 to win the Super Bowl in June after losing to the Patriots in the AFC Championship Game.

Kansas City got into $8.50 when the season started in September, before drifting out to $11 when Mahomes missed October’s game against the Packers with a knee injury.  

The Chiefs firmed back to around the $9.00 mark through the final month of the season, before coming in to $5.00 when the playoffs started. Kansas City is now the current favourite to win the Super Bowl at $1.75.