After Kansas City's Divisional Round victory over the Buffalo Bills last Sunday, there's both good and bad news. The good news is that the Chiefs are back in the AFC Championship Game. The bad news is that it won't be at Arrowhead this year. This time, they'll have to travel to Baltimore, Maryland to take on the Ravens for the right to hoist the Lamar Hunt Trophy and advance to Super Bowl LVIII.
Although the same thing was said last week, this game against the Ravens will be the Chiefs' toughest of the season so far. Part of what makes a Super Bowl run so difficult is that the games only get more difficult, never easier. Baltimore has the presumptive MVP, Lamar Jackson, on their team and their defense has been outstanding. If Kansas City is going to win this game and play in Super Bowl LVIII, they'll need to bring their A-game. Anything less will likely result in a defeat.
If the Chiefs are going to go into Baltimore and proceed to their fourth Super Bowl appearance in five years, here are the eleven most important things they'll need to do.
1. No mistakes
Another perennial point that is vital in this game. Given how strong the Ravens are, the Chiefs cannot afford to give them any freebies. No drive-killing drops or penalties. No giveaways. No botched kicks. No failure to challenge obvious missed calls. Nothing.
The Chiefs have to play a clean enough game to the point where one mistake by Baltimore could cost the Ravens the game. This is a matchup where a missed throw in the red zone or a goofy turnover could very well be lethal.
Other than a ridiculous fumble by Mecole Hardman (which resulted in a touchback), the Chiefs played about as clean of a game as one could realistically ask for. If they can do that again this week, minus the preventable giveaway, they'll have a strong chance to win.