Chiefs gaze ahead to first AFC ti­tle game since 1994

The Welland Tribune - - Sports - DAVE SKRETTA

KANSAS CITY, MO. — No­body in the Kansas City Chiefs lock­er­room is more keenly aware of the fran­chise’s heart­break­ing play­off his­tory than Xavier Wil­liams, who grew up a short drive away from Ar­row­head Sta­dium.

He was just a tod­dler when his home­town team lost in the AFC ti­tle game in Jan­uary 1994, the last time they were on the cusp of play­ing in a Su­per Bowl.

He en­dured the child­hood dis­ap­point­ments, and the play­off losses while he was star­ring in high school and at North­ern Iowa.

So when the Chiefs fi­nally punched their ticket back to the AFC cham­pi­onship game with a 31-13 win over the In­di­anapo­lis Colts on Satur­day, there was no­body bet­ter to put it into per­spec­tive.

“I think if you’re not from here, you don’t know,” Wil­liams said. “Peo­ple have been wait­ing for a long, long time. You could just feel how elec­tri­fy­ing it is around the city, from the start of the sea­son un­til now, tonight.

“A bliz­zard go­ing on and the crowd sold out. It’s some­thing.”

The Chiefs cer­tainly gave them a rea­son to brave the weather.

Patrick Ma­homes threw for 278 yards while run­ning for a touch­down. Damien Wil­liams ran for 129 yards and a score against a Colts de­fence that had not al­lowed a 100-yard rusher all sea­son.

Tyreek Hill also had a touch­down run, while Travis Kelce topped 100 yards re­ceiv­ing.

The Chiefs de­fence, which was so ma­ligned all sea­son, shut down An­drew Luck and the In­di­anapo­lis of­fence in help­ing Kansas City to its first play­off win over In­di­anapo­lis in five tries.

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