After beating the Ravens 17-10 in Baltimore to capture the Lamar Hunt Trophy as the AFC Champions, the Chiefs are heading back to the Super Bowl. The Chiefs will now have six Super Bowl appearances in franchise history, the sixth most Super Bowl appearances by a franchise in NFL history. They trail San Francisco (seven), Dallas, Denver and Pittsburgh (eight) and New England (11). A total of 12 different teams have combined to make 23 back-to-back Super Bowl appearances, with the Chiefs accomplishing the feat in 2019 and 2020 as well as 2022 and 2023.Only seven other teams have reached back-to-back Super Bowls multiple times. Three teams (Buffalo, Dallas and New England) had three consecutive back-to-back appearances.
With their starts in today’s AFC Championship Game against the Ravens, TE Travis Kelce and QB Patrick Mahomes both extended their franchise history marks for the most and second-most postseason starts, respectfully. Kelce marked his 21st postseason start and Mahomes marked his 17th. DT Chris Jones marked his 16th, the third most in franchise history. Many other Chiefs took the field for record-setting postseason appearances. LS James Winchester also marked his 21st postseason appearance, tied with Kelce for the most in team history. K Harrison Butker marked his 18th appearance with Jones also playing in his 18th, the third most in team history. Mahomes marked his 17th postseason appearance – the fifth most in team annals – while G Nick Allegretti is now tied with DT Derrick Nnadi and former Chiefs S Daniel Sorensen for the sixth most postseason appearances with 15.
Mahomes had a historic postseason performance tonight, connecting with seven different receivers for 30 completions, 241 yards and one touchdown pass. He started hot, completing his first 11 pass attempts, the most consecutive pass attempts completed to start a game in Chiefs playoff history. His performance earned him his 12th career postseason game with a 100.0+ passer rating, tying him with PFHOF QB Joe Montana for second-most in NFL history. With 241 passing yards en route to today’s victory, Mahomes claimed the second-most passing yards in Championship Games in NFL history with 1,756 yard in his six Conference Championship Games. With just six Conference Championship Game appearances, he bested Montana’s 1,731 yards (seven Conference Championship Games). Today marked Mahomes’ sixth-consecutive Conference Championship Game, breaking his tie with PFHOF Ken Stabler for the second-most consecutive Conference Championship Game appearances by a QB in the Super Bowl era. He now only trails Tom Brady’s eight-straight. It also marked his 14th postseason win in postseason games he’s started, tying him for the third-most QB postseason wins as a starter in NFL history. He is tied with PFHOF QB’s Terry Bradshaw, John Elway and Peyton Manning.
TE Travis Kelce had a standout performance in today’s AFC Championship game with 11 receptions for 116 yards and one touchdown, helping to punch the club’s ticket to their fourth Super Bowl in Kelce’s career. He started off hot with a 19-yard touchdown reception from QB Patrick Mahomes, the pair’s NFL record 17th postseason touchdown on the opening drive of the game. With 11 receptions today, Kelce now has 156 career postseason receptions, besting WR Jerry Rice’s 151 postseason receptions for most by any player in NFL postseason history. His 116 yards receiving tonight also marked his eighth postseason game with 100+ receiving yards, tying him with Rice for the most in NFL postseason history.
RB Isiah Pacheco, behind the blocks of the Chiefs offensive line, had a solid day on the ground with 68 rushing yards on 24 attempts and a touchdown. Pacheco punched in the Chiefs second touchdown of the game on a two-yard run early in the second quarter giving the Chiefs a 14-7 lead. Pacheco has now had a rushing touchdown in four-consecutive postseason games dating back to Super Bowl LVII against the Eagles, the second-longest such streak in Chiefs postseason history. His touchdown was his fourth postseason rushing touchdown of his career, the third-most in franchise history.
Chairman and CEO Clark Hunt-postgame press conference
Big congrats to the Kansas City Chiefs on their incredible victory over the Ravens and securing the AFC Championship once again! Their relentless teamwork and unwavering determination have brought them a step closer to playing in another Super Bowl game. Let’s celebrate this momentous occasion and honor the legacy of Norma Hunt as we cheer on the Chiefs to the Super Bowl.