This is the first year the Kansas City Chiefs can replace starting quarterback Alex Smith and gain salary cap space. He’s not as bad as many believe, and not quite as good as some inside the Chiefs promote him to be. But the Chiefs owe it to themselves to see if they can improve.
Alex Smith stepped to the podium on Sunday evening, the disappointment and frustration clear on his face. It was his last public press conference before an offseason sure to be filled with speculation about the Chiefs’ willingness to draft his potential successor.
The Kansas City Chiefs lost 18-16 to the Pittsburgh Steelers in an AFC Divisional playoff game. The Steelers will face the Patriots for the AFC championship. Here is the rest of the NFL playoff schedule.
Kansas City Chiefs coach Andy Reid chose his words more carefully to disagree with the holding call on tackle Eric Fisher that cost the Chiefs a two-point conversion late in their 18-16 playoff loss to the Pittsburgh Steelers.
The last revealing testimony came after the game, when tight end Travis Kelce came unhinged in what began as a defense of Fisher and ended as a cheap rant against the officials that perhaps provided some insight as to how Kelce followed up a dropped pass by incurring an unnecessary roughness penalty on the next play.
After a holding call on Eric Fisher negated a game-tying two-point conversion by the Chiefs in their 18-16 loss to the Steelers in an AFC Divisional playoff game Sunday, Fisher’s teammates were quick to come to his defense in the locker room after the game. Instead of blasting Fisher, they directed their frustration at the official who made the call (Travis Kelce’s said referee Carl Cheffers isn’t, ahem, qualified to work at Foot Locker).
The weather was cold and rainy; the sky overcast, dark and foggy. The backdrop for the Chiefs’ AFC Divisional playoff game against Pittsburgh on Sunday at Arrowhead Stadium was classic January football, the kind of weather old-school football lovers could only dream of. Unfortunately for the Chiefs, the Steelers — a battled-tested group led by a two-time Super Bowl-winning quarterback and a Super Bowl-winning coach — were more prepared to win that type of battle.
Kansas City Chiefs tight end Travis Kelce said the referee in Sunday night’s Divisional playoff game against the Pittsburgh Steelers wasn’t even good enough to work at a Foot Locker. On Monday, the company had a funny response.
The Kansas City Chiefs lost to the Steelers 18-16 in an AFC Divisional playoff game Sunday night for far more reasons than Chiefs offensive tackle Eric Fisher hooking an arm around a Steelers pass rusher away from the play. His prominence in the way this loss is remembered won’t be fair, but it will almost certainly stick, because sports — just like life — are often cruelly unfair.
Chiefs wide receiver Chris Conley said he hurt his ribs and back more than his head on a big hit late in Sunday’s AFC Divisional playoff, which briefly knocked him from the game. But it was the Chiefs’ self-inflicted errors that hurt him more than anything.
Outside linebacker Justin Houston returned to the lineup for the Chiefs after missing the final two regular season games, but it wasn’t enough for the Chiefs to overcome the Steelers, who won the AFC Divisional playoff game 18-16.
Kansas City Chiefs head coach Andy Reid was asked about the future of Alex Smith in 2017 as the team's starting quarterback at Monday's season-ending news conference at the Arrowhead practice facility.