The Chiefs Are Playoff Bound!
Dec 31, 2006, 7:36:39 PM
Thanks to a 35-30 win over the Jaguars and some help from around the NFL, the Chiefs have clinched the sixth and
final seed in the 2006 Postseason. The Chiefs will now play at the Indianapolis Colts in the first round of the NFL
Playoffs on Saturday, January 6th at 3:30 (central).
Reaction to the Chiefs Postseason Berth
EDWARDS: “I heard my wife screaming so I said, something must have happened good.”
Q: When you showed up at the stadium this morning, realistically, what were your thoughts in regard the
EDWARDS: “My thoughts were real simple – we had to win. That’s the only thing you can control is what you do. I
wanted to make sure that our guys understood that. We talked about that last night and told them that Jacksonville was
in the same spot we were. If you don’t win, it really doesn’t matter what anybody else does. This is our last game and
I said, ‘We need to win a home game and if we win, I’ve been in this situation before, things can happen.’ It happened
to us in Philadelphia. We ended up winning and it all worked out for us.”
Q: Did you watch the game?
EDWARDS: “No. My wife was hollering. I was playing with the girls and every time she screamed, I asked, ‘What are
you screaming about now?’ Then when the game got in overtime, she told me it was in overtime. I said, ‘Well, you know,
we’ve still got a chance.’ Obviously, when I heard her screaming at the end, I knew something good had happened.”
Q: Weren’t you tempted to take the girls into the TV room?
EDWARDS: “No, my wife was in the bedroom and I was on the floor messing around with Gabrielle.”
Q: You were about the only Chiefs fan that was not watching.
EDWARDS: “I figured if I started watching, something bad was probably going to happen.”
Q: So, Herm, you and Tony Dungy?
EDWARDS: “Yeah, the last time we played in the playoffs, I was with the Jets. They actually came to New York. ”
Q: And we know what happened. . .
EDWARDS: “I don’t know about all that. It was a long time ago, but obviously, we’re very excited. I know that the
staff is excited and I know that the players have to be to get back into the playoff hunt. It’s always a lot of fun
when you’re in the playoffs. The guy that’s looking down on us right now is Lamar. He’s got a big smile on his face and
that’s probably the best thing to happen today. That one’s for Lamar, there’s no doubt about it. I just wish he was
around to see us get in. He’s looking down on us and smiling, so that’s a good thing.”
Q: Now that you’re in, do you feel like there’s a clean slate and maybe that you’re a team that can do some
EDWARDS: “The thing about the playoffs is that you can get hot – if you get confidence. We have to go on the road. I
thought that’s why last week’s win was very important for us – to go on the road and win a game again because we knew
this will be our last home game. If we get in the playoffs we’re going to have to go on the road. We have to learn how
to win on the road especially in the later months. Obviously, the win in Oakland was good. We struggled to get a win
but (that’s sometimes) how you win. You’ve got to win ugly sometimes. We were able to do that and now we’ve won another
one. We’re going into the playoffs with two wins which is kind of good. You always want to go in there winning, you
don’t want to go in there losing.”
Q: Did you call anybody when all this went down?
EDWARDS: “No. Everybody’s calling here. My wife’s been answering the phone, but I’m not calling anybody. I’ll just
wait to see everybody tomorrow. I told the players if we didn’t get in, we’d meet at 10:00; if we get in, we’ll meet at
Q: It seemed like everybody had the attitude last week that this was probably it.
EDWARDS: “You lead your life as either an optimist or a pessimist. And I guess for so long these guys have been like
last year, they kind of waited and waited and couldn’t get in with 10 wins. It just worked out this year that we got in
with nine. You’ve just got to win. If you win and things happen for you, you’ve got a chance.”
Q: Didn’t you feel like you weren’t going to do it?
EDWARDS: “No, I never felt that. I just felt that I didn’t want someone else having to do our work. Three teams had
to win. We had to wait. That’s what I didn’t like. But we’re in and I’m glad we’re in. I think the town’s excited. I
think the players are excited. I’m excited! I’ve been coaching in this league six years and four out of six times I’ve
been able to go to the playoffs.”
Q: How does it feel to have your destiny back in your hands?
EDWARDS: “It feels good now because now we have a clean slate. Now we’ve got to go on the road and face a good
friend of mine, Tony Dungy, and those guys have been in a lot of playoff games. We’ll have our work cut out for us,
there’s no doubt about it.”