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The Chiefs’ dynasty: In review (Op-Ed)

The Kansas City Chiefs have quickly risen to prominence as one of the most formidable and impressive American football teams in recent years. 

Spearheaded by quarterback (QB) Patrick Mahomes, the team has managed to make four Super Bowl appearances in five years, claiming victory in three games. As well, they join the ranks of eight other teams to win the matchup in back-to-back seasons, and are the first team to do so in two decades since the New England Patriots in 2003 and 2004. Outside of their NFL championship record, they’ve also secured AFC division championship appearances from 2018, Mahomes’ first season, to the most recent matchup preceding Super Bowl LVIII, securing the win in the 2022 and 2023 matchups. 

Selected as the 10th pick in the first round of the 2017 NFL draft, Mahomes has established a reputation in line with the greatest quarterbacks and football players of all time, statistically sitting along the likes of Tom Brady and Joe Montana. 

His tight end (TE) Travis Kelce, also hailed as one of the greatest in his position, has certainly aided in his victories through a record-breaking receiving game and ample national support from fans of his girlfriend, Taylor Swift. 

Revered for his impressive improvisational skills on the field, intricate playmaking knowledge and strong arm, Mahomes has achieved international stardom and acclaim. 

Alternatively, those whose teams may have fallen to the red, white and gold tend to be harshly judgemental of the QB, criticizing his family and personal life, voice and physical appearance, or encouraging the conspiracy of the NFL “script”, an intricate and unproven theory that the NFL manipulates football games to ensure that certain teams advance further into the season. This has been brought up as a strong point against the Chiefs, as viewers present instances of controversial calls, suspicious referee behavior, and biased coverage from NFL analysts, play-by-play callers, and broadcast/social media channels. 

At the end of the day, (or season), the Chiefs Kingdom has little to worry about when it comes to their boys in Arrowhead. At only 28, Mahomes has achieved legendary status with multiple seasons to participate in in the future. 

Whether the dynasty will continue, a long-standing runner-up finally breaks through, or a diamond in the rough sprints down the field and into the limelight remains to be seen. 

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