Fans show support for Chiefs in Columbia

Sunday, January 9, 2011 | 1:32 p.m. CST; updated 5:52 p.m. CST, Sunday, January 9, 2011

COLUMBIA — For the first time in seven years, the Kansas City Chiefs began their playoff season at home.

The 10-6 Chiefs faced the Baltimore Ravens in the first round of the AFC playoffs Sunday afternoon. Supporters in Columbia turned out downtown to support their team.

"It makes the playoffs more interesting when you have someone to cheer for," said Kansas City native and MU graduate Christine Weston.

Campus Bar and Grill was filled with fans donning red, white and yellow watching the game and enjoying $1 burgers. Patrons agreed the bar wasn't as full as it would be during the semester, though.

With almost all of the television screens turned to the football game, Campus customers shouted and applauded during the various ups and downs of the first quarter at Arrowhead stadium in Kansas City.

"I'm shocked," Weston said. "They weren't supposed to be that good this year."

After clinching the AFC West with a 10-6 record, the Chiefs begin the long road to the Super Bowl.

"I would like them to go to the Super Bowl," Columbia resident Carl Brown said. "But I'm just going to keep an open mind."

It's been more than 40 years since the Kansas City Chiefs played in their last Super Bowl, beating the Minnesota Vikings 23-7 in 1970. If the Chiefs beat the Ravens, they will face the Pittsburgh Steelers in Pittsburgh.

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