A lopsided final score in their wild-card weekend showdown against the Pittsburgh Steelers was just what the doctor ordered for the Kansas City Chiefs ahead of their looming matchup against the Buffalo Bills in the divisional round. Momentum is building for the Chiefs, and after winning their last two games without sustaining any significant injuries, it looks like Kansas City has a full head of steam ahead of the most crucial games of their season.
Sunday’s win was a resounding success in their effort to clinch a third-straight Super Bowl berth, and just two more games stand between the Chiefs and an opportunity to win a second championship in three years. Pittsburgh was by no means a cupcake opponent, and Kansas City’s ability to dispatch them without breaking a sweat is a sign that their best football could be in store in the coming weeks.
Here are our four key takeaways from the wild-card win:
Pass-first offensive attack kept Steelers reeling
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In a game where they only ran the ball 22 times between six different ball-carriers, the Chiefs proved that Mahomes and his stellar abilities remain the most potent threat in the NFL. The lone blemish in his wild-card stat line was an interception on a tipped pass in the first quarter that wasn’t as consequential as it seemed immediately after it happened.
Mahomes managed to score all five of his passing touchdowns in an 11-minute and 31-second stretch of game time between the second and third quarter. Though they never trailed by more than seven points, the white-hot passing game ensured that the result wouldn’t be close. The team was so secure in their execution that TE Travis Kelce ended up with a touchdown pass as a cherry on top of the resounding win.
Despite lack of an interception, secondary kept Ben Roethlisberger honest
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Several dropped interceptions by players in the Chiefs’ secondary were the only thing that kept this game within three scores. Had…