The 10-7 setback cast Kansas City into a dark place.
Fortunately, it was a pre-Twitter place where the only doom to be found was on the talk-radio circuits. Oh, there was that post-game scene in the Chiefs’ locker room, where Elliott answered every question in stand-up fashion as his teammates turned on him.
They told him to pack everything he needed that day because he wouldn’t be back. They threw out every threat you could imagine and made his most anguishing hour as a professional placekicker exponentially worse.
I always felt sorry for Elliott, who handled it all with such class and grace.