What a week, what a win last Sunday! It’s been a roller coaster ride, but just when you thought the 2010 season would be concluded, the ride isn’t over. Remember, the conservative opinion for Kansas City was 8-8 after week 17, not a division crown.

What a week, what a win last Sunday! It’s been a roller coaster ride, but just when you thought the 2010 season would be concluded, the ride isn’t over. Remember, the conservative opinion for Kansas City was 8-8 after week 17, not a division crown.

Say it and definitely enjoy it, but how does the word playoffs feel? With conviction I can say that Kansas City has been break dancing on cloud nine ever since the Cincinnati Bengals pulled the impossible by beating the San Diego Chargers.

NFL marvels do happen. Matt Cassel and the Chiefs have been proving naysayers wrong all year. The little engine that could is chugging on and will be hosting an AFC playoff game. Arrowhead has been re-awakened and if the Chiefs defeat the Oakland Raiders they’ll be a perfect 8-0 at home. The 2010 Chiefs would take their place next to the 1995, 1997 and 2003 teams.

Those were memorable seasons. On my arm you’ll see where I keep pinching myself, because at the start of OTA’s and training camp I didn’t see this year as that type of team. No disrespect intended Mr. Haley, but I thought there was too much work to do yet for you and Scott Pioli. Haley will tell you that the Chiefs have a ways to go even after winning a division. What the Chiefs have been able to do is do more with less and complete priorities in short order.

This season has been a K.C. masterpiece by the players and coaching staff.

TODD HALEY AND THE T-SHIRT: I got to thinking about Haley and the spot he and the Chiefs find themselves in. You know, Haley’s been here before. It dawned on me while talking Chiefs football with friends Steve Nash and Rusty Pettit on KCXL 1140 AM Integrity Sports Broadcasting Network Tuesday night.

HALEY CAME FROM AN UNDERDOG: The 2008 Cardinals began 7–3, stumbled toward the end, but won the division at 9–7. Not pretty, but enough to host a playoff game, the first since 1947. The Cards used home field to beat the Atlanta Falcons, but nobody gave Kurt Warner and team a shot in Carolina. Traveling to Carolina for the divisional round the Cardinals not only showed up, but dominated the Panthers. Funny, but it seems limitations are often set by the ones not playing the game.

The Cardinals did the unthinkable and by half-time held a 27-7 advantage. It was over before it started and because the Philadelphia Eagles achieved their own surprise against the top-seeded New York Giants the Cardinals would host the NFC Championship game. The Cardinals defeated the Eagles 32-25. The Cinderella team proved everyone wrong and went to their first Super Bowl. They didn’t win, but that’s not the point.

Another example that comes to mind is the 2005 Steelers who won all three of their playoff games on the road to win a Super Bowl.

There are differences between the 2010 Chiefs and the ’08 Cardinals. I think the Chiefs are a better team, but they have a great chance of beating the New York Jets at Arrowhead where the Chiefs have held all teams they’ve played in Kansas City to less than 20 points, but after that? Well, like the ’08 Cardinals not many think they can keep it winning on the road.

Kurt Warner finished the season in 2008 with 30 touchdowns, Cassel isn’t far behind. The Chiefs running game is the best in the NFL (167.5), especially at home where they average 192.6 rushing a game. Things got hot at the right time for the Cardinals and other teams, like the Bengals beating the Chargers, helped destiny along.

The defense is getting better, so why not?

What did it take for the ’05 Steelers to win three playoff games on the road and win a Super Bowl? Was it passion, motivation, momentum or luck? I know that Haley understands not being the favored one in the playoffs and to me that’s an X-Factor the Chiefs need.

 DA RAIDERS: This game is tricky. Delicate because Haley wants to win three games in the fourth quarter, but reality says the Chiefs are 10-5 with the playoffs coming up. Arrowhead is a big benefit, but healthy players are a must. The Chiefs will have a Hall of Fame induction for Marty Schottenheimer, so lots of emotions.

Something else that will go with this game is penalties, hot tempers and possible injuries. Fans want payback and I have a hunch the players want to give it to them.

Stats don’t count against the Raiders, but both teams are evenly matched on total offense, defense and scoring points. The area the Chiefs can take full advantage of is their run. The Raiders allow 134 yards on the ground and allowed nearly 200 yards against the Colts. The Chiefs +10 (T5) turnover ratio to the Raiders -3 could come into play.

Just don’t get hurt! That’s my biggest concern. I don’t want Governor Ed Rendell calling the Chiefs wussies, but be careful! And wear your hat, its cold!

Good day, Chief fans!