The Kansas City Chiefs need to play at home in January.
It has become very clear to even the most casual sports fans that home field advantage plays such a crucial role in any game. Something about sleeping in your own bed and being surrounded by your own fans can just do wonders. It can make a basket bigger, a net wider, and a defense scarier. The rules do not change, the players do not change, and the plays do not change. Yet, you put an opposing team among colors different from their own, and the whole game changes.
One could make the argument that perhaps the NFL is the place where we see this occur the most. The New England Patriots have rode their reign of terror in Foxboro since the beginning of the Belichick era in the early 2000’s.
Home field was one of the biggest reasons the Denver Broncos were able to capture their third championship, lifting a broken Peyton Manning past Pittsburgh and New England to reach Super Bowl 50. Lambeau field in the winter? A nightmare for a dome team who has a date with Green Bay at the end of the regular season.
Regardless of who you are, for any team playing a home game in the NFL, it is a clear bonus. However, there are some places throughout the league that really know how to put a traveling team behind the eight ball. A place with passionate, rowdy fans that are deafening and give you goosebumps. Arrowhead Stadium would certainly fall under that category and probably rank as number one.
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