Despite an up-and-down regular season, the Kansas City Chiefs showed once again that they are at their best when it matters the most. The Chiefs got a 17-10 win over the favored Baltimore Ravens in the AFC Championship Game on Sunday to clinch their fourth Super Bowl appearance in five years.
The Chiefs opened the game by scoring touchdowns on their first two possessions and followed that up with a field goal to end the first half with a 17-7 lead.
The Chiefs’ defense took the driving seat in the second half, making key plays to keep the Ravens in check. Corner L’Jarius Sneed first saved a touchdown by punching out the ball from the hands of Baltimore’s wideout Zay Flowers as he was about to reach the endzone.
Veteran safety Deon Bush followed that up by intercepting Ravens’ quarterback Lamar Jackson in the red zone to keep the Chiefs with a two-possession advantage with less than seven minutes left on the clock.
The Ravens managed to score a field goal late in the game but never got the ball back as the Chiefs ran down the clock and launched a huge celebration.
“You don’t take it for granted,” said Chiefs’ quarterback Patrick Mahomes after the game. “You never know how many you’re going to get to or if you’re going to get to any. So it truly is special just to do it with these guys after what we’ve been through all season long. Guys coming together, it really is special. But I told them, ‘The job’s not done.’ Our job now is to prepare ourselves to play a good football team in the Super Bowl and try to get that ring.”
The Kansas City Chiefs will now face the San Francisco 49ers in the Super Bowl LVIII. It marks the rematch of the Super Bowl LIV, which the Chiefs won 31–20 to claim their first title in five decades.