Experience is the best teacher and the Chiefs have experience in spades.
Despite his young age, Mahomes has now played in two AFC Championship games, a Super Bowl and has led his team to three double-digit comebacks in the playoffs. Andy Reid has been coaching in the NFL since George H. W. Bush was in the White House. The entire Chiefs roster has now played in a plethora of big games with high stakes. These guys aren’t going to blink.
On the flip side, outside of Pittsburgh, the rest of the AFC quarterbacks are not quite as battle-tested. Lamar Jackson has yet to win a playoff game in Baltimore. Deshaun Watson has one playoff victory in three attempts and hasn’t advanced past the Divisional Round. He also still has Bill O’Brien as his head coach, which nobody outside of Bill O’Brien and the Texans ownership group thinks is a good idea.
Ben Roethlisberger has the experience but he is 38 years old, coming off a major injury and no longer has Antonio Brown to throw to.
We could do a whole other post on five reasons the Chiefs won’t repeat as Super Bowl champs. Parody rules the NFL and when you factor in potential injuries and teams and players improving out of nowhere (seriously, who thought the Patriots dynasty would be ended by Ryan Tannehill) return trips to the Super Bowl are never a sure thing.
Yet the Chiefs seem to be in as good a position to pull it off as any team in recent memory.