It wasn't long ago when simply making the playoffs was a big accomplishment for the Kansas City Chiefs. For those who have been fans of this team since before Patrick Mahomes got to town, they'll remember all of the heartbreaking playoff losses the team suffered.
All of that changed in the 2018 season when the Chiefs won their first home playoff game since the Joe Montana era and hosted the AFC Championship Game for the first time in franchise history. They lost that game to the New England Patriots, a game where the majority of America was pulling for the Chiefs, but the next season, the team made it all the way to the Super Bowl for the first time in 50 years.
Kansas City came from behind to beat San Francisco in Super Bowl LIV to win their first title in 50 years. It felt like, for the most part, people were happy to see the Chiefs (or at least Andy Reid) finally get over the hump.
It didn't take long for that mentality to change, however. The next year, the Chiefs cakewalked their way to another Super Bowl appearance but this time got walloped by Tom Brady's Buccaneers. When the Chiefs made it to their fourth straight AFC Championship Game in the 2021 season, people were officially tired of the Chiefs' success.
Now that KC has won two titles and is appearing in their fourth Super Bowl over a five-year stretch, the comparisons to the New England Patriots dynasty that ran the league on two separate occasions over a 20-year stretch have begun.
A recent article from Jay Busbee of Yahoo! Sports directly compared the Chiefs to the Pats and noted that the Chiefs are now the common enemy in the NFL.
"Welcome, Kansas City Chiefs, to the loathing zone. You were a cute story before, but now America is tired of you, your star quarterback, your teddy-bear-looking coach, your celebrity girlfriend, and most of all, your constant presence in the Super Bowl."- Jay Busbee
Are the Chiefs the new Patriots?
The similarities are certainly there between the present day Chiefs and 2000s/2010s Patriots. The Chiefs haven't been favored in their past two playoff games and that didn't matter. They still found ways to win those games. The Patriots were like that too. Just when you thought a new, hot team would be able to knock them off the throne, the Pats persevered, just like how the Chiefs have recently.
While I get the comparisons between the two, the Chiefs aren't officially a dynasty yet. If they win the Super Bowl on Sunday, they will be in that category and then maybe we can start to dig a little deeper.
For now though, Chiefs fans should enjoy the ride. Who cares if the team is hated? People don't hate teams unless they're good (or the Cowboys) so if the Chiefs are hated by most people outside of the states of Missouri and Kansas, they must be doing something right.