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Chiefs News 1/25: Arrowhead Antagonist Carl Cheffers Named Super Bowl Referee

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The Chiefs haven’t reached the Super Bowl yet, but their fans are already furious with the referee | USA today

The NFL announced its official crew on Tuesday for Super Bowl 57, and Carl Cheffers – who served as the referee in Super Bowls 51 and 55 – gets the nod once again as the head referee. Chiefs fans, of course, remember Cheffers’ work in Super Bowl 55, where the Chiefs were called for 120 penalty yards on 11 penalties.

But Cheffers hasn’t been kind to the Chiefs in general, which includes this year. Cheffers has accounted for 17 percent of the Chiefs’ total penalties and 20 percent of their penalty yards this season (including the postseason) despite working only two of their games.

In the Chiefs’ Week 15 game against the Houston Texans, Kansas City was called for 10 penalties and 102 yards. So it’s understandable that the Chiefs wouldn’t be thrilled to see Cheffers get that assignment.

Chiefs ‘Won’t Mess It Up’ Against Bengals, Again | Sports Illustrated

Super Bowls, and maybe they will. Mahomes has reached five conference championship games. The Lions, Texans and Cardinals have played in three — combined — for 135 seasons of the Super Bowl era.

And yet, even for the best franchises, winning a championship usually comes within one or two games. Consider: Tom Brady is 7–3 in Super Bowls, but you can turn five of those wins into losses by changing the outcome of a single play. You can also turn two of the losses into wins by changing a game.

Mahomes has already won a Super Bowl. He will have more chances after this. He is on the verge of winning his second MVP award and one day he will be voted into the Hall of Fame. But when he’s done playing, games like this week’s will color our view of him, and perhaps his own view of himself. It may not be entirely fair, but it is the truth.

Kansas City has had a year to think about that play at the end of the half, the rushing interception that Mahomes threw in the second half and the inability to gain a single yard after winning the coin flip in overtime. Mahomes may be limping with a high ankle sprain. The Bengals might be better. But the opportunity is there, and even for a team like this, those opportunities are valuable. Karlaftis might have turned off his TV last year, but that Chiefs-Bengals game lingers, even for him.

“I’m sure we’ll see that” this week, Karlaftis said. “I’m sure guys are almost disgusted by it. It’s a chance to go to the Super Bowl. You don’t want to screw it up.”

NFL power rankings: 3 reasons the Chiefs, 49ers, Eagles and Bengals will (or won’t) win Super Bowl 57 | Sports news

Why the Chiefs Win Super Bowl 57

1. Patrick Mahomes’ playmaking. Mahomes has been the MVP for carrying a new-look offense beyond Travis Kelce and his reliable line. He makes it work with those around him and he’s back to being on point with his execution and efficiency after a mini-slump last season.

2. Even more playoff experience. The Chiefs are the new Patriots with Mahomes. They expect to be in consistent position to get to the Super Bowl and win it as the top floor contender in the AFC. They are the only one of the four teams to get a ring with the core of their current roster.

3. Big plays on defense. The Chiefs are counting on Mahomes and the offense to pressure opponents to pass as well as they do. If Steve Spagnuolo’s pass rushers and cover men are put in good one-dimensional positions, they can change games with sacks and takeaways.

Chiefs QB Patrick Mahomes suffered a high ankle sprain. What is it and what is the recovery timeline? | USA today

High ankle sprain time

Recovery from either a normal ankle sprain or high ankle sprain can take weeks to months. But as Mahomes demonstrated last weekend, professional athletes can perform even while recovering — depending on certain factors.

The key factor is the stability of the ankle, said David Oji, an orthopedic surgeon who treats athletes at Stanford University with foot and ankle injuries.

“If the ligaments work, as long as his pain and his symptoms are very mild, they can aggressively rehabilitate him and get him back to playing,” Oji said.

Pain threshold is a factor, according to Oji, who said, “Everyone’s pain threshold is different.”

Pain seemed to matter little to Mahomes, who after the Chiefs beat the Jaguars told the media, “I’m not going to get out of a playoff game unless they take me out. I just have to play. I love this sport too much.”

The injury could affect Mahomes’ mobility and ability to plant his right foot and throw.

Travis Kelce has cemented his legacy as one of the greatest TEs of all time | ESPN

Former Patriots and Bucs tight end Rob Gronkowski is the single-season touchdown holder for tight ends with 17 and jokingly said he fears Kelce will break his mark.

“I was just on his podcast the other day and I told him, ‘Hey, man, it’s great what you’re doing for the position,'” Gronkowski said. “But I said, ‘You’re not allowed to break one record — my tight end touchdown record.’ He can break them all, but that’s not allowed.

“He’s just so savvy in his route-running abilities. How loose he is; I’d say that also contributes to why he’s never missed a game. You can see how he runs — he’s super loose, super free. His body is just very spongy when he’s out there playing – just the way he runs routes and gets open is super impressive. He’s had seven straight 1,000-yard seasons – for a tight end, never been done – it’s just incredible.”

2023 NFL playoffs: Ranking the four potential Super Bowl LVII matchups, including Bengals vs. 49ers revenge | CBSSports.com

4. Chiefs vs. 49ers

We just saw this one in 2019, when Patrick Mahomes won his first ring at age 24. But a lot has changed since then, too: Jimmy Garoppolo, the 49ers QB at the time, is now out in favor of Brock Purdy, though there’s a chance Jimmy G himself could recover from injury to serve as Purdy’s backup in the big game of the year.

The revenge factor is the driving force here, with Kyle Shanahan surely eager to atone for his 31-20 loss in Super Bowl LIV. But there are plenty of other storylines, too: Purdy’s chance to win the NFL’s best QB on the biggest stage as “Mr. Irrelevant,” Nick Bosa’s opportunity to disrupt Andy Reid’s offense like the Buccaneers did in the 2020 title game, Travis Kelce-George The Kittle tight end matchup.

2023 NFL playoffs picks: Eagles top 49ers in NFC title game thriller, Bengals beat Chiefs in AFC Championship | CBS Sport

In an ideal world, I’d get to personally evaluate Mahomes’ injured ankle before picking this matchup, but I’m starting to feel like that’s not going to happen, so I’ll just have to suck it up and do my choice.

Since 2014, there have been a total of 13 AFC or NFC title games that have been rematches from the regular season, and in those 13 games, the team that won the regular season has gone 10-3 in the title game.

Burrow is 3-0 against Mahomes, with all three games decided by exactly three points, and the Bengals are going for their third straight playoff win. Also, Burrow has never lost in January (7-0), he’s never lost a road playoff game (3-0), and I think we all know where I’m going with this pick.

The choice: Bengals 27-24 over Chiefs

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Super Bowl LVII pregame entertainment lineup announced; Chris Stapleton to sing the national anthem | NFL.com

To celebrate 50 years of women flying in the U.S. Navy, the service will conduct a flyover of State Farm Stadium during the national anthem with female airmen as part of the formation. The formation will be composed of an F-35C Lightning II from the “Argonauts” of Strike Fighter Squadron (VFA) 147, two F/A-18F Super Hornets from the “Flying Eagles” of VFA-122 and an EA-18G Growler from the “Vikings ” from Electronic Attack Squadron (VAQ) 129.

The NFL previously announced that international icon Rihanna will headline the Apple Music Super Bowl Halftime Show, which will be produced by DPS with Roc Nation and Jesse Collins serving as executive producers and Hamish Hamilton serving as instructor.

Broncos don’t need a splashy new head coach | Mile High Report

The reality is that Denver Broncos need something far bigger than a splashy new head coach. They need a complete shift in culture as an organization at all levels.

The No Bull truth is that this team has turned into a perennial loser and that losing culture has permeated the Broncos from top to bottom.

The only hope this franchise has is that the new owners are going to turn things around by not settling for the festering, infected belief systems that have gripped the front office, players and coaches.

So, for one thing, I’m not reading the recent news that the Broncos aren’t scheduling Sean Payton for another interview as a bad thing or a sign of incompetence. My hope is that what we see is a management group that goes their way on their timeline to change this franchise back to a competitive team that has the firepower, will and mindset necessary to win .

TOM BRADY PISSED OVER NFL FUTURE QUESTIONS… Dropping F-bombs | TMZ Sports

“If I knew what the hell I was doing, I would have already done it.”

Tom Brady is tired of everyone asking if he wants to retire … because the legendary quarterback just unloaded on his “Let’s go!” SiriusXM podcast co-host Jim Gray to try to get an update on his decision.

The awkward moment happened when the two were discussing the remaining teams in the NFL playoffs on Monday … when Gray changed the subject to Brady’s future.

“Tom, you’re keeping everyone guessing,” Gray said. “You said you wanted to take your time. Do you have any kind of timetable for what you’d like to do with your football career?”

That’s when Brady blurted out his explosive response … clearly annoyed at having to discuss the topic.

“I’m taking it one day at a time,” Brady added.

In case you missed it at Arrowhead Pride

The complete breakdown of Chad Henne’s 98-yard touchdown drive vs. Jaguars

Patrick Mahomes was down. His ankle and knee were in two different directions from his torso. It looked incredibly serious.

Was the chiefs’ Super Bowl hope over? Should it continue next season? How could the team react emotionally when its best player was out?

All of this was going through my mind at that moment, but head coach Andy Reid doesn’t have time to dwell on that kind of thing during a game. Reid immediately had to game plan around backup quarterback Chad Henne, who needed to lead the offense enough to win a game.

We only saw Henne for one drive, and he led what could be one of the most famous drives in Chiefs history if Kansas City wins a title. The Chiefs were pinned at their own two-yard line, but went on a surgical 12-play drive that culminated in a touchdown that gave the Chiefs a two-score lead. The play calling, execution and composure of everyone involved was excellent.

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