Everyone thought the Kansas City Chiefs were done… out of it… just completely defeated by the end of the first quarter in their comeback playoff game against the Houston Texans.
So, what lessons can all of us learn from watching this epic comeback win by the Kansas City Chiefs?
LESSON #1 : CHANGE CAN COME QUICKLY
With 10 minutes and 54 seconds left in the second quarter, trailing by 24 points… it took 9 minutes before the Kansas City Chiefs would find themselves in the lead after being so far behind. It was an incredible comeback. They not only won the game that would take them to the AFC Championship, they were also unbelievably historic in producing the greatest comeback in their franchise’s history.
LESSON #2: GREAT LEADERS PERFORM GREATLY WHEN TIMES ARE DIFFICULT
Speaking of historic performances, Patrick Mahomes completed 23-of-35 passes for 321 yards and 5 touchdowns while running 53 yards down the field himself. There has been no other performance like this in NFL postseason history. It took 9 minutes for the Chiefs to get back in the game mainly due to Mahomes’ great plays when it counted the most.
LESSON #3: YOUR BEST PERFORMANCE MIGHT BE YOUR NEXT PERFORMANCE
Mahomes’ receivers were leaders on the field and they put forth an outstanding performance by grabbing 10 passes, receiving for over 134 yards, recording 3 touchdowns in a row during the second quarter rally. Wow! No one could conceive what was coming next in this come back. It all happened with one great performance after the next.
LESSON #4: AVOID TAKING UNNECESSARY RISKS WHEN YOU ARE SEEKING SUCCESS
Houston had made 24 unanswered points to begin the game and they were clearly in control. However, they tried a “fake punt” – a sure risky move from where the ball was o the field. Kansas City was waiting for the surprise being so far behind. Why did Houston do that? They failed and turned the ball and the momentum of the game over to Kansas City. On the following kickoff, Houston fumbles the ball and the Chiefs scored. Oh my! Before it was over, Mahomes had tied a playoff record with four touchdowns in a 2nd quarter Kansas City was leading 28 -24. It was one touchdown after the other… a rapid fire performances by everyone on the Chiefs team. Everyone knows the fake punt was unnecessary being up 24 to 0.
LESSON #5: DURING TOUGHT TIMES, A LEADER INSPIRES AND DEMANDS COMPETENCE WITH CONFIDENCE
On the sidelines when the Chiefs were down, quarterback Mahomes gave an inspiring and energetic speech to his offense, encouraging them to believe and to trust one another. His body language was saying, “Let’s go and do this!” In other words, do the job you know you can do. When a team knows they have a leader ready and willing, confidence inspires competence. A sure formula to make good things happen.
LESSON #6: NOT EVERYONE WILL HANG IN THERE WITH YOU AS YOU WORK THROUGH THE REAL TOUGH CHALLENGES
The Chiefs were losing so bad, and it looked like a third of all the Chiefs fans had left the stadium in disappointment before the comeback started. Most were in their vehicles in disbelief as they heard the radio those pleasing words every Chief fan wants to hear – “Touch-down Kansas City!” In fact, they heard it three times before the Chiefs took the lead. The Chiefs had to make it happen no matter how many fans were in the stadium.
LESSON #7: LOOK FOR OTHERS TO SHINE DURING TOUGH TIMES
Even though we all know #15, Patrick Mahomes, the league’s MVP from the Chiefs, also on the team is Daniel Sorensen #49 and he was the one many will say was responsible for the comeback. By stopping the fake punt which lead to the Chief’s 2nd comeback touchdown and then causing a fumble that set up the third score, his shinning performance was the catalyst for Chiefs comeback.
After being down 24 points to the Houston Texans, the Kansas City Chiefs went on to score a total of 51 points on seven straight drives between the end of the 2nd and 4th quarter. The Chiefs won 51 to 31 to complete the largest comeback in their franchise history. They did it by having the faith to overcome their 24 – 0 dilemma going into the 2nd quarter. Some teams might have given up and faltered. The Chiefs did not. The game will go down in history and all the lessons learned we will remember. One thing for sure, we all learned allot by watching the Chief’s comeback over the Houston Texans.