Rest and recovery will be crucial for these five Kansas City Chiefs players as they prepare for Super Bowl LVII.
On Sunday, the Kansas City Chiefs won the Lamar Hunt Trophy against the regular season AFC champions, the Baltimore Ravens. The final score of 17-10 accurately reflects the physical, chippy, and defensive game that took place in this year's AFC Championship. As a result, both teams had injuries during the game.
While Baltimore doesn't have to worry about their health heading into February 11th, the Chiefs are fortunate enough to continue their season.
Plenty of Kansas City players took their lumps against the Ravens. Both the Chiefs and San Francisco 49ers have two weeks to rest and prepare for their matchup in Las Vegas for Super Bowl LVIII.
Here are five players who benefit the most from that extensive rest ahead of another Super Bowl.
1. RB Isiah Pacheco
Running back Isiah Pacheco showed his toughness as he entered M&T Bank Stadium despite missing an entire week of practice due to toe and ankle injuries. He put up an impressive career-high of 28 touches against the Ravens, proving that nothing can stop him from performing at his best. Even though his physical style of play may lead to some bumps and bruises, Chiefs fans know that Pacheco is a force to be reckoned with. This extended rest will only help him heal and prepare better for his second Super Bowl appearance in two years.
2. LB Willie Gay
Kansas City decided to keep linebacker Willie Gay inactive less than two hours before kickoff, disappointing Chiefs fans ahead of the AFC championship. A neck injury kept him limited in practice all week but did not practice in the all-important Friday session. He logged a postseason career-low 11 snaps against the Buffalo Bills, as quarterback Josh Allen ran roughshod over the Chiefs' defense. Gay is an uber-athletic linebacker, so his spying on Lamar Jackson seemed to be an important matchup. Thankfully, Kansas City's defense limited Jackson without Gay on Sunday. He should be back in action for the Super Bowl in an all-hands-on-deck effort.
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