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Chiefs On Route to Joining Exclusive Club

For a franchise that went 50 years between Super Bowl victories, quarterback Patrick Mahomes has altered the course of the Kansas City Chiefs’ history. With a victory over the Bengals in the AFC championship game Monday, the Chiefs will be headed to the Super Bowl for the third straight year. The Chiefs already became the first team to host four straight AFC title games.

Super Bowl bets have shown, however, the few teams that make three straight trips to the Super Bowl haven’t dominated in the big game. Should the Chiefs join that club this season, they will be seeking to be the third team in league history to win two championships out of three consecutive trips to the Super Bowl.

From Ugly Loss to Perfection

The Miami Dolphins of the 1970s are stocked with memorable names, characters and accomplishments. Led by the NFL’s all-time record holder in wins by a head coach, Don Shula, the Dolphins made three straight appearances in Super Bowls VI, VII and VIII. While Miami would go on to win the latter two games, the Dolphins’ first appearance was a disaster.

The Dolphins’ 24-3 loss to Dallas in Super Bowl VI is best personified by Miami quarterback Bob Griese getting hit for 29-yard loss on a sack by Bob Lilly. Miami became one of three teams to not score a touchdown in the Super Bowl. The Los Angeles Rams in Super Bowl LIII and Chiefs in Super Bowl LV were also held without a score.

The Dolphins, however, didn’t let that loss linger. Miami went 17-0 the next season, capping the season with a 14-7 win over Washington in the Super Bowl. The Dolphins final appearance during this stretch was a dominant 24-7 win over Minnesota.

Buffalo Can’t Catch Break

The Bills’ history of futility as a franchise is long documented. But Buffalo’s most famous stretch of disappointment came when the Bills made four straight appearances in the Super Bowl. While the Bills appearing in Super Bowls XXV to XXVIII is an accomplishment no team has replicated, three of the games were non-competitive blowouts.

The Bills first loss during this stretch was the most painful. The New York Giants, led by a brilliant gameplan from defensive coordinator Bill Belichick, made life difficult for the powerful Bills’ offense. While Buffalo would get into position for a game-winning field goal, it was just outside of kicker Scott Norwood’s range. He would send the kick wide and the Giants would escape with a 20-19 victory.

Buffalo’s bad luck extended the next year when early in the game Thurman Thomas couldn’t get in the game because he couldn’t find his helmet. The Bills couldn’t find their defense, dropping a 37-24 decision to Washington. In Buffalo’s final two appearances, the Bills ran into the dynasty they were hoping to become.

Dallas blasted Buffalo 52-17 and 30-13 to prevent Bills’ fans from having an iota of enjoyment.

Of Course the Patriots Did It

New England made three straight appearances from Super Bowl LI to LIII. The Patriots came the closest of any team to winning three straight. In the first appearance of this stretch, New England rallied from a 28-3 second-half deficit to knock off the Falcons 34-28 in overtime. During the second game of this stretch, quarterback Tom Brady couldn’t find a way to rally late in a big game.

Rob Gronkowski caught a four-yard touchdown pass for 9 minutes, 22 seconds remaining to put New England ahead 33-32 with 9:22 remaining. However, Philadelphia rallied on a 11-yard touchdown pass from Nick Foles to Zach Ertz. The Eagles would add on a 46-yard field goal to seal a 41-33 victory.

Another dominant defensive performance allowed New England to close the stretch with a dominating 13-3 victory. The game was tied at three entering the fourth quarter before the Patriots’ offense finally got going. Sony Michel scored a 2-yard touchdown run with 7:00 remaining for the game’s only touchdown.

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