The Kansas City Chiefs pulled off a miraculous comeback in February’s Super Bowl thanks to the magic of Patrick Mahomes. The young quarterback took home the Super Bowl MVP Award and also most of the credit.
However, there were plenty of other key contributors aside from stars like Mahomes, Travis Kelce and Tyrann Mathieu who helped the Chiefs end a long title drought.
One bad kick can ruin an entire season. Just ask the Chicago Bears. The Chiefs didn’t have this problem in 2019 as Harrison Butker went 34/38 on field goals and 45/48 on extra-points. He also hit a field goal and drilled all four of his extra-point attempts in the Super Bowl. His contributions in the game and throughout the entire season were incredibly crucial to the team’s success.
The Chiefs faced disaster in Week 7 when Mahomes went down with what looked like a terrible knee injury. In came Matt Moore who helped finish off a win to get the Chiefs to 5-2. A close loss to the Green Bay Packers came in Week 8 before a pivotal Week 9 matchup against the Minnesota Vikings. Moore played well enough, throwing for 275 yards and a touchdown. Most importantly, he didn’t turn the ball over. That win helped the Chiefs earn the No. 1 seed in the AFC. If Moore was careless with the ball even once, the Chiefs would have had a tougher road to the Super Bowl and could have suffered the same fate as the New England Patriots.
Mecole Hardman was a perfect fit on the Chiefs roster as a rookie in 2019. The second-round pick was both a receiver and a returner, who finished fourth on the team in receiving yards with 538 and added six touchdowns. He also averaged over 26 yards per kick return and even took one back for a touchdown, which is a rarity in today’s game. Hardman had a quiet Super Bowl, but still managed 286 kick return yards in the postseason. The threat of his speed was enough to keep opposing defenses wary, helping open up the offense.