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As Chiefs’ Dave Toub knew, TD on opening kickoff didn’t guarantee victory

The Chiefs’ Knile Davis took the opening kickoff 106 yards for a touchdown against the Houston Texans on Saturday.
The Chiefs’ Knile Davis took the opening kickoff 106 yards for a touchdown against the Houston Texans on Saturday. deulitt@kcstar.com

As Knile Davis broke free on the opening kickoff in last weekend’s wild-card playoff victory at Houston, special-teams coach Dave Toub flashed back to a similar opening statement.

Then he quickly reminded Andy Reid that despite the lightning-quick touchdown, nothing was secure.

Dave Toub, Kansas City Chiefs special teams coordinator talked to the media during a press conference prior to practice on Wednesday January 13, 2016. The Chiefs will play the New England Patriots in the divisional playoff game, Saturday at Gillet

Toub was the Chicago Bears’ special-teams coordinator in the 2006 season when Devin Hester returned the opening kickoff 92 yards for a touchdown against Indianapolis in Super Bowl XLI .

That one didn’t end well for the Bears, who fell 29-17 to Peyton Manning and the Colts.

“When (Davis) was running down the field, it was like déjà vu,” Toub said. “It felt like the same thing, playoff game, and I reminded Andy, that doesn’t mean we’re going to win the game, and let’s keep our foot on the gas pedal. I’ve been there.

“I was really reminding myself more than him.”

Whatever was said worked as the Chiefs rolled 30-0.

The Star's Terez Paylor ran through the Wednesday's news and injuries. The Chiefs face New England in an AFC divisional playoff game on Saturday.

Kansas City Chiefs receiver Chris Conley talked to the media in the locker room before practice on Wednesday January 13, 2016. The Chiefs will play the New England Patriots in the divisional playoff game, Saturday at Gillette Stadium in Foxborough

Kansas City Chiefs outside linebacker Justin Houston talked to the media during a press conference prior to practice on Wednesday January 13, 2016. The Chiefs will play the New England Patriots in the divisional playoff game Saturday at Gillette S

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