NFL: 25 Most Disappointing 1 Seeds In NFL Playoff History

Indianapolis quarterback Peyton Manning (Photo by Kevin C. Cox/Getty Images)
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25 Most Disappointing 1 Seeds In NFL Playoff History: 24. 2018 Kansas City Chiefs

Another team that didn’t get defeated completely in the playoffs was the 2018 Kansas City Chiefs. They pretty easily handled the Indianapolis Colts in what ended up being Andrew Luck’s final game. They were set to face off against the New England Patriots in the AFC Championship Game.

Mahomes was the heir apparent to Brady to take over the AFC. He was the young hotshot. The Chiefs looked like a team that should have been given the red carpet treatment on their way to the Super Bowl. They dominated the regular season. They were the team that was ready to be a dynasty. Patrick Mahomes looked like the next version of Peyton Manning. It seemed like he was going through the same early-career struggles as Manning (although his struggles didn’t last nearly as long).

They faced Tom Brady and the Patriots in the AFC Championship. The Chiefs opened as 3.5 point favorites on the betting line. The world thought it was time for the Chiefs to dethrone the Patriots. It turns out, Bill Belichick and Tom Brady had one more moment in the sun left in them.

This is honestly one of the more underrated fourth quarters in the history of the game. The Patriots went into the fourth up 17-7, and the Chiefs offense just couldn’t get anything going. They ended up scoring 24 points in the fourth quarter. The Chiefs scored Damien Williams’ second touchdown of the quarter with seven minutes left to take the lead. Then, this series of events happened: Sony Michel touchdown with three minutes left, Damien Williams touchdown with two minutes left, Rex Burkhead touchdown with 39 seconds left, and then the Chiefs kick a field goal to tie it with eight seconds left. The Patriots ended up winning the game with a Burkhead touchdown run in overtime, and the Chiefs were going home early. It was a valiant effort, but it was still Brady’s time for now.