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Chiefs’ win over Patriots spelled disaster for fans in one specific pool

Kansas City Chiefs running back Charcandrick West broke free for a 21-yard touchdown run in Thursday’s game.
Kansas City Chiefs running back Charcandrick West broke free for a 21-yard touchdown run in Thursday’s game. deulitt@kcstar.com

One of the fun ways that NFL fans torture themselves, er, enhance their love of football is by joining a survivor pool.*

*This is also known as an eliminator pool

The concept is simple. Each person in a group (sometimes the number can reach more than a thousand) plunks down $20, $50, $100 or more, and each week picks an NFL team they think will win. Once a person has picked a team, they can’t use them again, so strategy plays a big part in the decision-making.

Apparently, quite a few fans thought they’d kick off the season with an easy win: the Patriots over the Chiefs.

However, the Chiefs thumped New England 42-27 and ruined quite a few people’s pool. Take a look at what some fans shared on social media:

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