The Kansas City Chiefs are one win away from becoming the first team since the 2003-04 New England Patriots to repeat as Super Bowl Champions.
The last hurdle is Tom Brady: the last quarterback to win back-to-back Super Bowls. The Chiefs will face the Buccaneers on their home turf for the second time this season as they defeated Tampa Bay during Week 12 of the regular season.
For the Chiefs, they have three key players that will go a long way in giving them a chance to be back-to-back Super Bowl Champs:
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Sneed, the fourth-round pick out of Louisiana Tech, has been a catalyst in the secondary this season. He is the highest graded rookie in coverage this year with a 73.8 grade, according to PFF.
He’s allowed a 46.8 completion percentage this season, which is the third-best among defensive backs in the league with a minimum of 30 targets. Sneed has also allowed a 36.6 passer rating, two yards of average separation, and six QB pressures (since Week 14), which all ranks him first among DBs.
The rookie cornerback has done it all for the Chiefs this year in coverage and as a blitzer. Throughout this season, Sneed has three interceptions, seven passes defended, and four sacks (playoffs included).
Sneed has become a key piece to the secondary and defense for the Chiefs. The Buccaneers have a deep arsenal for Brady, and Sneed is going to be a big part of neutralizing weapons and applying pressure on Brady. With a healthy L’Jarius sneed, the Chiefs defense plays at the top of its game.
The last time these two foes met, Tyreek Hill had a career day. In the first quarter alone, Hill caught seven passes for 203 yards and two touchdowns. He had a hay-day against Buccaneers cornerback Carlton Davis.
Hill is essential to the Chiefs’ offense. He and Kelce are the best WR-TE duo in the NFL and both players have eclipsed 100 yards receiving in both playoff games this season. Hill has the big-play ability that the Bucs defense is going to emphasize to eliminate.
Whether he is used as a decoy or the weapon he is on the field, Hill is a key to the Chiefs offense and the flow of the game. Unlike the Week 12 matchup, Jamel Dean will be playing, but you can’t eliminate Tyreek Hill; you can only hope to contain him.
I could go with Patrick Mahomes, Travis Kelce, or Tyrann Mathieu here, but I am going to go a different direction with this one. Frank Clark is coming off of his best game in a Chiefs uniform, arguably.
In the AFC Championship Game, Clark recorded two sacks and four pressures on Bills quarterback Josh Allen. Let’s recall last year’s playoffs when the Chiefs needed a play late in the game, it was Frank Clark.
The fourth-down sack at the end of the comeback victory over the Texans in the Divisional Round. The late-game sack on Ryan Tannehill in the AFC Championship Game. Finally, the fourth-down sack on Jimmy Garoppolo that gave the ball back to the Chiefs, which ended up with a Damien Williams rushing touchdown to seal the Super Bowl victory.
Has Frank Clark not lived up to the full potential and expectations since he signed the five-year, $105.5 million deal? No, but he has continuously made plays when the Chiefs need them.
Clark is going to have a big game and shut up all of the haters when he puts Brady on the turf multiple times on Sunday.