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KANSAS CITY, Mo. – Derrick Nnadi started chuckling, overcome by the question.
What, he was asked, would this city be like if the Chiefs actually made it to the Super Bowl? Considering that over the last half century that question could rarely be asked in these parts, no wonder Kansas City’s rookie defensive tackle chuckled.
“A win like this, the Chiefs going to the Super Bowl? Everybody would be ecstatic about that,” Nnadi said. “I’d be ecstatic going in my rookie year. It would be a big, big, big, big win for this organization, this city.”
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Bigger than anyone outside Kansas City can realize.
In the run-up for Sunday’s AFC Championship Game, the Patriots have dominated the news, as they should. This is their eighth-consecutive conference title game. Tom Brady has created a sort of faux chip-on-the-shoulder now that the oddsmakers have deemed the Pats a shocking three-point underdog.
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But here at Ground Zero of the Great Flyover, they are just grateful to be part of the conversation, being on the precipice of the franchise’s third Super Bowl, the first in 49 years.
“Here we are prepping for the AFC Championship Game,” said Kansas City offensive coordinator Eric Bieniemy, a sense of wonder in his voice, “playing against the New England Patriots.”
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Treasured in K.C.
In this cosmopolitan city of two million on the Great Plains, the Chiefs are the town’s greatest treasure. More even than barbecue, health information technology (largest employer: Cerner) and craft beer (Boulevard is one of the nation’s oldest craft breweries).
“Between players and guests, every table, that’s all they’re talking about,” said Kim Halloran, manager at the Capital Grille on the Country Club Plaza, where several of the Chiefs have been known to dine.