Super Bowl 2024: The top 5 turning points in the Chiefs’ season


Here are the top five turning points in the Kansas City Chiefs’ season. (Bruno Rouby/Yahoo Sports)

The Kansas City Chiefs were defending Super Bowl champions, but their trip back to the Super Bowl had plenty of challenges.

The Chiefs lost their first game and that set a tone for a season that was full of ups and downs, frustrations with an offense that was far below its normal standard and the most losses of any season in the Patrick Mahomes era.

But the season will end in a normal place, with the Chiefs in the Super Bowl. The Chiefs have been in four of the last five Super Bowls.

Here were the five top turning points for Kansas City on its way to Super Bowl LVIII:

The Chiefs played their season opener without their best defensive player, and lost to the Detroit Lions. They needed Jones back.

Jones ended his holdout before Week 2, agreeing to a one-year, $19.5 million deal. He added $4.25 million more by reaching incentives, including a $1 million bonus for being named All-Pro and the Chiefs making the Super Bowl.

Jones missed one game, and it was fortunate for the Chiefs that he didn’t miss more. He’s one of the team’s most valuable players. They’re likely not in the Super Bowl without him.

“These are the decisions you have to live with,” Jones said in September after ending his holdout, via AP. “I would change it, but I’m grateful for how it turned out.”

One of the biggest plays of the NFL season was an offsides call. Travis Kelce had an awesome cross-field lateral to Toney for a touchdown to seemingly take a lead over the Bills late in a Week 14 clash. But there was a flag. Toney lined up offsides. Barely, but he was offsides.

The Chiefs melted down. Patrick Mahomes screamed at the officials. Andy Reid bemoaned that he didn’t get a warning before a flag was thrown, though he did admit later Toney made a mistake not checking with the officials before the play. Both Reid and Mahomes were fined. Mahomes’ anger seemed to be at least a bit about the state of his…


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Publish date : 2024-02-10 14:00:50

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