Nnadi: Chiefs Fans Give Us Chip On Our Shoulder

The Kansas City defense is much better at Arrowhead. Nose tackle Derrick Nnadi explained why.

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January 16, 2019 - 12:03 pm

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The Kansas City Chiefs finished the regular season with, statistically, one of the worst defenses in football. That unit ranked 31st in total defense and 24th in scoring defense (26.3 points per game allowed).

But that didn’t stop them from slowing down the Colts, 31-13, in the divisional round this past Saturday. Kansas City held Indy to one offensive touchdown and sacked Andrew Luck three times.

Were even the Chiefs surprised by that performance? 

Apparently not.

“No, I believed that this is the type of team we could be all year,” Chiefs nose tackle Derrick Nnadi said on The DA Show. “No game is really perfect, and these types of games, everyone really clicked. We played balls-to-the wall, playing Chiefs football.”

Many NFL fans and analysts assumed the game would be a shootout; it wasn’t.

“Everyone has the right to have their own opinions,” Nnadi said. “But at the end of the day, (all that matters is how) you play in the game. So I wasn’t really bothered by the opinions.”

Up next: a rematch with the Patriots, this time in the AFC Championship. New England beat Kansas City, 43-40, in Week 6.

“You obviously have to up your A-game because you’re going against not just good players, but great and elite players,” Nnadi said. “And in this type of situation, it’s win or go home. They’ll bring things out of the woodwork just to come out with a win, just as we are. You got to prepare a lot more and be more detailed in your preparation than how it was in the regular season.”

Ultimately, Nnadi expects home-field advantage to be, well, an advantage.

“It’s really the atmosphere of just us being at home and the fans there supporting us through it all,” Nnadi said. “It just gives us a little more of a chip on our shoulder to play that much harder.”

Kickoff is at 6:40 p.m. ET.