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How the Kansas City Chiefs arrived at Super Bowl LV

The Chiefs have earned their second consecutive trip to the Super Bowl, as they try to "run it back" in Super Bowl LV against the Buccaneers. Here's how they got this far.

 
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Week 1: Chiefs 34, Texans 20

Week 1: Chiefs 34, Texans 20
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Kansas City picked up where they left off last season with an easy 34-20 win to open the year. Clyde Edwards-Helaire made noise in his NFL debut with 25 carries for 138 yards and one touchdown, while Patrick Mahomes threw three touchdowns.

 
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Week 2: Chiefs 23, Chargers 20

Week 2: Chiefs 23, Chargers 20
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The Chiefs got quite the scare on the road against surprise Chargers starting quarterback Justin Herbert, making his first career appearance after Tyrod Taylor suffered an injury in pregame. KC came back from a 17-9 deficit in the fourth quarter to tie the game on a Harrison Butker field goal at 20-20 with no time remaining. Butker then kicked his second 58-yard field goal of the game in overtime to win.

 
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Week 3: Chiefs 34, Ravens 20

Week 3: Chiefs 34, Ravens 20
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Entering Week 3 as underdogs against the Ravens, KC had no trouble defeating the 2-0 Ravens on the road. Patrick Mahomes threw for 385 yards and four touchdowns, while the Chiefs defense held Baltimore to only 228 yards of total offense.

 
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Week 4: Chiefs 26, Patriots 10

Week 4: Chiefs 26, Patriots 10
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With Patriots starting quarterback Cam Newton out due to COVID-19, the Chiefs defense got an easy win over New England. Brian Hoyer threw for only 130 yards for the Pats, while Patrick Mahomes threw for 236 yards and two scores.

 
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Week 5: Raiders 40, Chiefs 32

Week 5: Raiders 40, Chiefs 32
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The Chiefs lost a shocker to the rival Raiders in a game marred by penalties and mistakes. KC was outgained on offense 490-413, with Derek Carr making several huge plays. Patrick Mahomes threw for 340 yards and two touchdowns.

 
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Week 6: Chiefs 26, Bills 17

Week 6: Chiefs 26, Bills 17
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Kansas City easily won an AFC Championship preview, with Clyde Edwards-Helaire having a great game. The rookie running back rushed 26 times for 161 yards, while Patrick Mahomes also threw two touchdowns.

 
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Week 7: Chiefs 43, Broncos 16

Week 7: Chiefs 43, Broncos 16
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The Chiefs scored a touchdown on defense and special teams to help blow out the rival Broncos on the road in Week 7. Patrick Mahomes had a pedestrian day by his standards with only 200 yards passing and one touchdown.

 
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Week 8: Chiefs 35, Jets 9

Week 8: Chiefs 35, Jets 9
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Taking down the winless Jets wasn't much of an issue for KC, as Patrick Mahomes threw for 416 yards and five touchdowns. The Chiefs defense also held New York to only 221 yards of offense.

 
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Week 9: Chiefs 33, Panthers 31

Week 9: Chiefs 33, Panthers 31
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Kansas City got a huge scare from the upstart Panthers squad but was able to escape after Joey Slye missed a 67-yard field goal at the end of regulation. Patrick Mahomes threw four touchdowns, including two touchdowns to Tyreek Hill.

 
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Week 11: Chiefs 35, Raiders 31

Week 11: Chiefs 35, Raiders 31
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Coming off a bye, the Chiefs were able to get revenge against Las Vegas after a Week 5 defeat. KC's defense still had their hands full as Derek Carr threw three touchdowns, but Patrick Mahomes was able to orchestrate a game-winning drive with less than two minutes remaining, concluding with a 22-yard touchdown pass to Travis Kelce.

 
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Week 12: Chiefs 27, Buccaneers 24

Week 12: Chiefs 27, Buccaneers 24
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Little did we know the Week 12 matchup between the Chiefs and Bucs would be a Super Bowl preview. Tyreek Hill had a historic first quarter with seven catches for 203 yards and two touchdowns in the first quarter, but the Bucs were able to make the game interesting late after trailing 27-10 heading into the fourth quarter.

 
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Week 13: Chiefs 22, Broncos 16

Week 13: Chiefs 22, Broncos 16
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The Chiefs offense struggled in their Week 13 win vs. Denver but were able to do just enough to win. Patrick Mahomes threw for 318 yards and one touchdown to Travis Kelce.

 
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Week 14: Chiefs 33, Dolphins 27

Week 14: Chiefs 33, Dolphins 27
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Once again, the Chiefs jumped out to a big lead that they relinquished late against an opponent. KC led 30-10 after three quarters, but three interceptions from Patrick Mahomes allowed Miami back into the game.

 
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Week 15: Chiefs 32, Saints 29

Week 15: Chiefs 32, Saints 29
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Patrick Mahomes had another outstanding game in KC's 32-29 win over New Orleans. He threw for 254 yards and three touchdowns, and the Chiefs defense held Drew Brees in check, in his first game back from injury.

 
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Week 16: Chiefs 17, Falcons 14

Week 16: Chiefs 17, Falcons 14
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Kansas City was able to clinch the No. 1 seed in the AFC despite a lackluster performance against the Falcons. Patrick Mahomes threw a game-winning 25-yard touchdown to Demarcus Robinson with 1:55 remaining, finishing the game with 278 yards passing and two touchdowns.

 
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Week 17: Chargers 38, Chiefs 21

Week 17: Chargers 38, Chiefs 21
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The Chiefs sat most of their star players in a 38-21 loss, only their second of the season. Chad Henne threw for 218 yards and two touchdowns, but Chargers rookie Justin Herbert was able to cap off his season with 302 yards passing and three scores.

 
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Divisional Round: Chiefs 22, Browns 17

Divisional Round: Chiefs 22, Browns 17
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The Divisional Round was a big scare for the Chiefs in more ways than one. The team needed a heroic pair of plays from backup quarterback Chad Henne at the end of the game after Patrick Mahomes was forced out due to a head injury. Ohio native Travis Kelce finished the game with eight catches for 109 yards and one touchdown.

 
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AFC Championship: Chiefs 38, Bills 24

AFC Championship: Chiefs 38, Bills 24
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With Patrick Mahomes returning from his head injury, the Chiefs had little trouble getting their second consecutive AFC Championship win. Mahomes threw for 325 yards and three touchdowns, while Tyreek Hill had nine catches for 172 yards.

Seth Trachtman is a fantasy sports expert and diehard Kansas City Chiefs fan still hoping for a Super Bowl win during his lifetime. He doesn't often Tweet, but when he does, you can find him on Twitter @sethroto.

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