The “Biggest Gut-Punch Loss” in Chiefs History? SI Picks a Bitter Playoff Setback

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Sports Illustrated has put out a piece on the “Biggest gut-punch loss” for each and every franchise, the Chiefs included.

The game that the author the piece, Doug Farrar, picked is an tough one – a game that stopped the Chiefs from the AFC Title Game vs the Steelers in 1996.

Kansas City Chiefs: Jan. 7, 1996, AFC divisional round—Colts 10, Chiefs 7

Marty Schottenheimer Gut-Punch Game #2. The 13–3 Chiefs looked to be the AFC’s best team, and they started their postseason against a Colts team that was without Marshall Faulk and Tony Siragusa. The problem was a frozen field at Arrowhead Stadium that prevented kicker Lin Elliot from making any of the three field goals he attempted, which proved to be more than the difference. Quarterback Steve Bono threw three picks before he was benched for Rich Gannon, and Colts quarterback Jim Harbaugh was a relatively unspectacular player who simply didn’t make mistakes.

Amazingly, this was the first of two Chiefs teams under Schottenheimer’s leadership that went 13–3 in the regular season and blew a tire in the divisional round—the 1997 team collapsed late in the game against the Broncos. And yet, neither of these losses (nor the two Browns losses mentioned earlier) was Schottenheimer’s most agonizing postseason blunder…

While that was tough, there’s no doubt the loss two years later at home in the divisional round to the Broncos also has to be right at the top.

Chiefs Rookie Justin Cox Arrested Again For Domestic Violence

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Chiefs rookie Justin Cox, a former Mississippi State player, was arrested and charged with aggravated domestic violence, burglary of a residence and trespassing, Aaron Wilson of the National Football Post reports.

Cox remains in jail.

Cox was arrested and charged with aggravated domestic violence and burglary last November. Cox ran the 40-yard dash in 4.36 seconds at the NFL scouting combine.

Cox was signed as an undrafted free agent in May.

LB Justin Houston and Chiefs Agree On Deal Worth Over $100 Million

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The Chiefs have signed linebacker Justin Houston to a six-year, $101 million deal that includes $52.5 million guaranteed, sources told Adam Schefter of ESPN Wednesday.

The deal is the richest in Chiefs history and the richest linebacker contract in NFL history.

It also makes Houston the second-highest-paid defensive player in the NFL, in terms of guaranteed money. Miami Dolphins tackle Ndamukong Suh ranks first after signing a six-year, $114 million contract that includes $59.95 million guaranteed earlier this offseason.

Houston and the Chiefs had until 4 p.m. ET Wednesday to agree to terms on a multiyear contract. Otherwise, they would have been prohibited by NFL rules from agreeing to a long-term deal until after the 2015 season was finished.

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Houston Feels Chiefs Have Best Pass Rushing Duo in NFL

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Justin Houston and teammate Tamba Hali, who plays on the opposite side of Houston on the Chiefs’ defensive line, anchor one of the league’s best defenses with dominant pressure on opposing teams’ quarterbacks. In Houston’s mind, he and Hali make up the best pass-rushing duo in the NFL, Hays Rule of the Columbus Ledger-Enquirer reports .

“I’d say so. I think everybody should think the same way,” Houston said at Charles Johnson’s Sports Academy and Community Night last month in Hawkinsville. “I think you should think that as an NFL player, think you’re the best and believe you’re the best. I really do think we are.”

But it’s not just a matter of believing; the stats are in the duo’s favor. Since Houston was drafted 70th overall by Kansas City in 2011, the two have combined for 86.5 sacks, by far the best by any duo during the span.

Houston alone accounted for 22 sacks last year, which ranks second in NFL history for a single season behind only Michael Strahan, who finished with 22½ sacks in 2011.

Son of Wrestling Legend Sting Gets a Tryout with the Chiefs

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Steven Borden Jr., a tight end who has a try out for the Chiefs during their three-day rookie minicamp is the son of Steven Borden Sr., a professional wrestling legend who is better known by his ring name of “Sting,” Terez Paylor of the Kansas City Star reports.

“People usually ask me does that bother you, does that upset you? It’s never bothered me,” Borden Jr. said Sunday. “It’s actually been one of those things that has pushed me my entire life. You see what your dad has done, you want to beat him out.”

As you might imagine, Borden Jr. that some of his teammates are well aware of the connection.

“I’m used to it by now,” Borden Jr. said. “You’re going to get a couple comments here and there in the locker room. But eventually people just see me as Steven Borden, and that’s what it is.”

Borden, who caught four passes for 33 yards as a senior at Kentucky, says his father has been supportive of his football career, which he started pursuing from the age of 8.

“He’s always kind of pushed me to do what I want to do, make a name for myself outside of what he’s done,” Borden Jr. said. “So that’s been the goal my entire life, not really to follow in his footsteps necessarily, but to make my own name … he never really was one of those dads who kind of wanted to push their son into their own deal.”

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Will Sting’s son make the team?  That’s still up in the air but anyone can go and find out for themselves.

Chiefs Draft Washington CB Marcus Peters in Round One

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The Chiefs took CB Marcus Peters with their first pick of the 2015 NFL Draft, a player with a ton of upside if he can stay out of trouble off the field.

Here’s the low down on Peters.

If it weren’t for off-the-field issues, Peters could be the top cornerback in the 2015 NFL Draft. He has a first-round skill set with size, speed, length and ball skills. However, Peters did major damage to his draft stock when he was kicked out of the Washington Huskies program midway through the 2014 season. He also hasn’t interviewed well with NFL teams since then. Multiple teams have said they question whether Peters has actually learned and grown from the incident.

In 2013, Peters recorded 55 tackles with five interceptions, one forced fumble and nine passes broken up. He had some clutch games against Stanford and Oregon State. Peters was a Second-Team All-Pac-12 performer.

Despite his abbreviated 2014 season, Peters recorded 23 tackles, five passes broken up and three interceptions. He had an excellent game against Stanford with an interception and good coverage on Cardinal receiver Ty Montgomery. Versus Jaelen Strong and Arizona State, Peters put together a solid game. He was beaten by Strong on two receptions, including a touchdown, but had wins on Strong as well. Peters covered Strong better than any other defensive back last season. Then Peters was kicked off the team for repeated arguments with the new coaching staff, and it had reached the point that the team couldn’t tolerate his presence because it was setting a bad example for other players.

Washington did allow Peters to continue to train at the school and participate in ita pro day. At the Combine and in team interviews, Peters didn’t impress or convince teams that his problems were a thing of the past.

For the NFL, Peters is a man-cover corner who is capable of going one-on-one against good receivers and keeping them from big games. Peters will give up some plays here and there, but overall, he has been very good at limiting the effectiveness of No. 1 receivers. Peters has the speed, size and agility to run with them and prevent separation. Peters is quick to maintain coverage in and out of breaks with the agility to open up his hips and run downfield when the wideouts go vertical. He also shows a nice job of defending the back-shoulder sideline throws that are en vogue in the NFL.

Peters is a dangerous cornerback to throw at with his ball skills. He is adept at snatching the pass and taking it the other way. In the NFL, it wouldn’t be surprising if he has some significant interception totals in some seasons.

Chiefs Beat Chargers 19-7; Still Miss Playoffs Despite 9-7 Mark

The Chiefs postseason dreams ended Sunday, but in doing so they helped eliminate one of their rivals, topping the Chargers at home 19-7.

The win for the Chiefs ends their year 9-7, and it also ended the Chargers season 9-7, but knocked San Diego out of the playoffs. If the Chargers would have won, they would have taken home the 6th seed.

Instead, Baltimore, who beat Cleveland at home 20-10, is the 6th seed in the AFC playoff picture.

Justin Houston had four sacks for the Chiefs (9-7) to break Derrick Thomas’s franchise record with 22 in the season.

Cairo Santos kicked four field goals, and Chase Daniel played well enough in place of injured quarterback Alex Smith, throwing for 157 yards without an interception.

The Chiefs’ only touchdown came when wide receiver Dwayne Bowe fumbled inches shy of the goal line early in the second quarter. Tight end Travis Kelce recovered in the end zone.

Philip Rivers had 291 yards passing for the Chargers (9-7), going 4,000 yards in a season for the sixth time in his career. Branden Oliver ran for 71 yards and a touchdown.

It appeared for a while that an unexpected series of events just might allow Kansas City to sneak into the playoffs, similar to what happened on the final day of the 2006 season.

The Chiefs had already built a 19-3 lead on a cold day at Arrowhead Stadium. Cleveland was clinging to a 10-3 lead over Baltimore, and three-win Jacksonville led Houston 17-14.

If all three scores had held, the Chiefs would have claimed the final wild-card spot.

Instead, the Texans took the lead a few minutes later. So did the Ravens. And when both held on to spoil the Chiefs’ party, an inspired performance by their defense became moot.

Kansas City started the season 7-3, but limped to the finish amid an avalanche of injuries. The latest was to Smith, who lacerated his spleen in last week’s loss to Pittsburgh.

Chiefs vs Steelers NFL Week 16 Inactives

Chiefs: QB Aaron Murray, WR Donnie Avery, CB Marcus Cooper, RB Charcandrick West, C Eric Kush, OL Laurent Duvernay-Tardif, DL Nick Williams.

Steelers: TE Matt Spaeth, S Troy Polamalu, CB Ike Taylor, WR Justin Brown, G Chris Hubbard, QB Landry Jones, DE Clifton Geathers.

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