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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.

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.

Blair Kerkhoff: 816-234-4730, @BlairKerkhoff

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