LAS VEGAS, Nevada. (KMIZ)
The 2000's New England Patriot set the standard for NFL dynasties in recent history, with nine Super Bowl appearances and six Super Bowl wins in 18 years. Now-a-days, the Kansas City Chiefs have taken over that role of villains of the league.
On Sunday, the Chiefs will play in their fourth Super Bowl in five seasons under head coach Andy Reid and quarterback Patrick Mahomes. Out of those championship games, KC has come away with two rings, however, throughout the week, players emphasized the importance of number three.
“I think the number three is a big number in terms of dynasties and things like that," tight end Travis Kelce said. "Yeah, you guys can start talking about dynasties, I'm just trying to get this third ring now.”
Chiefs players rarely involve themselves in the dynasty talk. They say that that is something they are going to let the media and fans talk about. However, they did not shy away from the villain talk during Super Bowl LVIII week in Las Vegas.
Kansas City was greeted on opening night with a barrage of boo's, as they entered a sea of 49ers jerseys. Reid and company will face San Francisco at Allegiant Stadium on Sunday afternoon and it feels like the nation is rooting against them.
"I just like winning and if you win a lot and that causes you to be a villain, then I'm okay with it," Mahomes said. "At the end of the day, I'm gonna enjoy playing the game and try to win as much as possible."
The team and the fan base will gladly take on that villain role, left behind by the Patriots, if it results in more Super Bowl wins.
The Chiefs did not take an easy path to Super Bowl LVIII. The season came with a lot of adversity and ups and downs. Midway through the year, many experts doubted they would make the big game, which players said makes Sunday's task all the more sweet.
"I want this one more than I've ever wanted a Super Bowl in my life," Kelce said.
The Chiefs and the 49ers will kick off at 5:30 p.m. CT at Allegiant Stadium, on Sunday.