But it is the most recent defeat that sticks to the organization like gum on the bottom of a cleat. On Jan. 4, 2014, the Chiefs stormed out to a 38-10 lead over the Indianapolis Colts as the two teams played into the third quarter. The game was over ... or so the world thought. Andrew Luck led the Colts to five second-half touchdowns and the Chiefs fell, 45-44.
It remains the second-biggest playoff collapse in NFL history.
"We still talk about that as a great example," Smith said this week, per ESPN.com. "In this league, you can't take your foot off the gas pedal. You think you have something won, but teams are too good, too talented. I think that for this team, for the guys here, that will always be an example of that.
"Once you get there and you're that close, you don't know when the next opportunity is going to come or if it will ever ... I don't think you want to have any regrets."
"We all learned a good lesson there," said Andy Reid, who hasn't won a playoff game in seven years. "I try to draw something out of it that can make you better rather than dwell on it."
This game is unlikely to be a shootout like what happened two years ago, but there are lessons to be learned. If the Chiefs are ahead in the second half, don't expect their offense to go into a shell.