For the third (fourth if you count preseason) year in a row, the Steelers and Chiefs have squared off in an AFC showdown. This game has somewhat turned into an annual reunion with my summer internship mentors and friends. Despite all the odds and possible scheduling conflicts, I’ve somehow managed to consecutively attend all four games. While this particular matchup wasn’t as exciting as years past, it’s still the highlight of my football season.
Sadly, this weekend the streak ends. It’s probably for the best, at least for my sake.
Since I returned from Kansas City, I’m always asked who I root for when the Chiefs play the Steelers. My answer has always been “a good game,” and so far that plan has worked well. While the 2014 matchup carried playoff implications, it was still a regular season game. This week, however, a birth to the AFC Championship game is on the line, and I’m a nervous wreck.
I always knew that there was a chance these two could end up meeting in the playoffs, but considering it’s only happened once since the NFL-AFL merger, it seemed rather unlikely. The one meeting was in 1994 in Kansas City in which the Chiefs won in overtime, 27-24. Ironically, the Chiefs haven’t won a home playoff game since. As fate would have it, this week’s game will be back at Arrowhead, and all signs point to another possible overtime game.
If we ended up going to overtime again, I certainly wouldn’t mind it, but I wouldn’t mind a tie either.
Anyways, here are a few photos from the matchup back in Week 4.