Let me just say that I am so glad I flew to Kansas City on Friday instead of Saturday.
This was an amazing experience, and the weather almost prevented me from going. KC got slammed with a winter storm that left nearly 10 inches of snow on the ground in only 12 hours. This snow would be the backdrop to memories I won't every forget.
My mother-in-law Tonya (best mom-in-law ever) has season tickets to the Kansas City Chiefs. I grew up in KC, so I'm a huge fan. She took my wife, sister-in-law, and other family members to games this year, to which I jokingly suggested "Well, since I didn't get to go to a game, I'll go with you to a playoff game if the Chiefs make it." She took that seriously, and sure enough, I got to go.
I hopped onto a plane from Milwaukee on Friday evening and made it in shortly before the snow began to fall.
On Saturday, what should have been a 30 min drive to the stadium took nearly 90 minutes with traffic and the streets completely packed with snow. Fortunately, my brother-in-law let us borrow his Jeep, which cruised through that snow with ease. Many people got stuck in the snow, and it was really awesome seeing fans help other fans out by pushing stuck cars.
Let me just talk for a second about what makes this so amazing for me:
The Kansas City Chiefs record in the playoffs is, quite frankly, not good. They have not been to a Super Bowl since 1969, and haven't won a HOME playoff game in 25 years. That's no home playoff wins at Arrowhead Stadium for a quarter century, a stadium/crowd that's been called by many "the best home field advantage in football."
That history changed on Saturday when the Chiefs beat the Colts, a team who has been a part of so much playoff misery for Kansas City fans. Arrowhead was LOUD, and loving every second. I shot some video of the final few seconds of the game.
The moment when that monkey of home playoff futility got off the Chiefs' backs.
As we were walking out, the chant that we heard all game long continued into the parking lot. One person told me that this video doesn't do it justice, and she is right.
Look, it's 2 days later, and I'm still on Cloud 9, and in disbelief that I got the chance to see this in person.
I stayed with my parents, who lost their power in the snow storm, but even sitting in the cold didn't make this experience any less sweet. Amazing.
My team is 1 win away from going to the Super Bowl, and I can't believe I just typed that sentence.