The Kansas City Chiefs are returning to the Super Bowl to defend their title following their 17-10 victory over the Baltimore Ravens. Head coach Andy Reid and his team are crowned AFC Champions again and look ahead to a business trip to Las Vegas in two weeks.
The Chiefs’ defense was more than up for slowing down potential league MVP Lamar Jackson—defensive coordinator Steve Spagnuolo’s unit utilized pressure throughout the game. The game consisted of crucial red zone takeaways and excellent coverage in the secondary.
The defensive line overpowered the highly respected Ravens’ protection schemes to stall one of the league’s best offenses to a crawl; George Karlaftis, Tershawn Wharton, Charles Omenihu, and Justin Reid collected a sack.
On offense, the combination of Patrick Mahomes and Travis Kelce reminded the world that they are the best in the business. There were crushing runs from Isiah Pacheco and solid play from rookie Rashes Rice. The game-sealing catch from Marquez Valdez-Scantling was poetic justice after a highly criticized regular season.
The Chiefs are ready for a trip to Las Vegas for Super Bowl LVIII to defend their title and etch their name in history as one of the best dynasties.
Here’s a look at how the stock is trending for some players after the AFC Championship victory at M&T Bank Stadium:
Stock Up: Travis Kelce
The big game challenge was met and dominated by Kelce as he torched the Ravens’ defense all game. He finished with 11 catches for 116 yards and a touchdown, passing Jerry Rice for the most receptions in post-season history.
Stock Up: Patrick Mahomes
Mahomes is undefeated in post-season road games, as he seemed very comfortable against the Ravens defense. He ended the game 30-39 for 241 yards and a touchdown, punching his fourth ticket to the Super Bowl.
Stock Up: L'Jarius Sneed
The coverage of Sneed on top receivers has been his calling card all season. His play in the fourth quarter caused a fumble at the goal line on Baltimore receiver Zay Flowers that ended any momentum the Ravens were building to spark a comeback.
Stock Up: Drue Tranquill
A game-time decision ruled Willie Gay out for the game as he continues to deal with a neck injury. Tranquill was all over the field, leading the team with eight tackles, playing in relief of Gay, and proving he’s an invaluable part of the unit.
Stock Up: George Karlaftis
The second-year pass rusher continues to improve significantly with each big game he plays, and Sunday’s victory was another example of his growth. Karlaftis tallied three tackles and a sack on Lamar Jackson while often featuring on all-down blitz packages from his defensive end spot.