It stings a bit because the Chiefs beat the Falcons in Atlanta in December. Atlanta was the #2 seed in the NFC. Chiefs were the #2 seed in the AFC.
The Patriots advance to the Super Bowl without Gronk. The rest of the AFC ended up not being very good, with the injury to Derek Carr knocking the Raiders out. Nothing is easy in the NFL, but compared to other years, this was a very real opportunity for the Chiefs to go to the Super Bowl.
Next year, Gronk will be back, Carr will be back, what are the chances Chiefs get a bye again next year? Under 50% right? 25%? Opportunities like this are rare.
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Then again, Steelers-Chiefs was pretty evenly matched and Patriots handled them easily at home. Chiefs lost at New England to end their 2015 season. As long as Tom Brady, Belichick, and the rest have got it going on, it's going to be difficult.
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Still what a great regular season.
The win over the Broncos in Denver was one of the best games ever, ever, ever. It might be my best Chiefs memory now. (And beating them again in Christmas was like opening a present.)
The huge comeback against the Chargers on opening day was awesome.
The comeback win over the Falcons was amazing.
I was there for my first primetime game chanting Ty-reek for the win over the Raiders.
The end hurts. But I'm not taking for granted how much fun the last few months were. Going 12-4 and then losing in the playoffs is way more fun than going 2-14.