NFL 25 Dream Teams that ended up being failures: 8. 1970 Kansas City Chiefs
The Kansas City Chiefs were the team that came after the New York Jets as an AFL team to actually win the Super Bowl. The NFL Championship was almost always going to an NFL team, but the Chiefs came into the season and lifted up a few superstars to win a surprise title. With the AFL winning the title in back-to-back seasons, it seemed like this was becoming more of an equal sport.
Kansas City immediately drew into the hype. Hype wasn’t as important to the sport in 1970 as it is today, but it still played a role. Being the Super Bowl champion came with certain luxuries, and those luxuries were easy to get into.
The Chiefs season didn’t start well, and they way overreacted. They traded Mike Garrett after the third week of the season. He was the team’s all-time leading rusher. Then, in a game against the Raiders, the Chiefs were about to win. Len Dawson ran for a first down that would have sealed it. Then, the Raiders speared Dawson, a benches-clearing brawl ensued, and somehow it only ended with offensive penalties. They ended up tying, one of the two ties they had this season.
Somehow, despite everything, they still have a chance to sneak into the playoffs in the final week of the season. They needed to beat the Chargers, and the Bills had to beat the Dolphins. The Bills gave up 28 points in the first quarter, and once the Chiefs saw the score they gave up too.