The last time the Kansas City Chiefs won a playoff game, Joe Montana was their starting quarterback.
That was in 1993.
Fast-forward to now: The Chiefs (11-5) have won 10 straight games and face the Texans (9-7) in Houston this Saturday at 4:20 p.m. ET.
Surely, the playoff-win drought isn’t on the players’ minds, right? Right?
“As much as you want to say new team, new year, different players, different team, different times, it’s continually brought up, whether it be by the local media, the national media, going to the grocery store, going out to eat – people bring it up,” former Chief and current NFL on CBS analyst Trent Green said on CBS Sports Radio’s The DA Show. “It’s what the town wants to talk about. Even for me, even now, you go around town and you want to talk to people about, ‘What do you think? The Chiefs have won 10 in a row.’ And then they kind of look at you and they say, ‘It’s been a long time since they won a playoff game.’ It’s just there. There’s a presence about it. Whether or not the guys want to think about it, it’s going to be in the back of their head, especially when you consider a lot of these guys were around a couple years ago when they went to Indianapolis.”
In January 2014, the Chiefs led the Colts 31-10 at halftime and 38-10 in the third quarter of the AFC Wild Card. The Colts, however, scored 35 of the final 41 points to win 45-44.
“They had a big lead at halftime and ended up blowing it there in the third and fourth quarter,” Green said of the Chiefs. “Andrew Luck had an unbelievable comeback for the Colts. A lot of these guys were a part of that and still have that memory etched in their minds.”
The Chiefs started the year 1-5 before winning 10 straight games to end the season. They rank ninth in the league in scoring offense (25.3 points per game) and third in scoring defense (17.9 points per game).
Houston has won three straight and seven of nine.