After playing in Sunday night’s playoff game against the Pittsburgh Steelers, three Kansas City Chiefs now hold the record for most playoff games played. Chiefs tight end Travis Kelce, safety Daniel Sorensen and long snapper James Winchester have now played 13 postseason games as a member of the Chiefs.
Kelce, Sorensen and Winchester have all played the same playoff games in their careers. All three players made their playoff debut in January 2016 against the Houston Texans, helping Kansas City win its first playoff game in 22 years.
Although Kelce was drafted in 2013, he missed the entire year due to a knee injury and therefore missed the postseason game against the Indianapolis Colts that season. Had he played this season and this playoff game, he would have only owned the franchise record in the playoffs.
Travis Kelce, Dan Sorensen and James Winchester hold the Chiefs’ record for most postseason games played with 13.
It’s probably a surprise to everyone that Sorensen is tied for the record. Yes, the same Sorensen we’ve all criticized all year has more playoff appearances than any defensive player in Chiefs history. But if you think about it, having joined the team in 2014 as an undrafted free agent from BYU, Sorensen is the longest serving defensive player on the team. As a result, he played in more postseason games than any defensive leader in team history.
After spending two weeks during the 2013 preseason in Philadelphia and all of 2014 without signing anyone, Winchester joined the Chiefs in 2015 and has been the team’s long snapper ever since.
Heading into Sunday night’s playoff game, former Chiefs punter Dustin Colquitt was tied with Kelce, Sorensen and Winchester for most games played with 12. Former Chiefs offensive tackle Eric Fisher is next on the list with 11 games.
As for the other active Chiefs, wide receivers Tyreek Hill and Demarcus Robinson have now played 11 games. Defensive tackle Chris Jones has now played 10 games, joining former chiefs Dave Szott, Tim Grunhard, John Alt and Derrick Thomas. Patrick Mahomes, Anthony Hitchens and Charvarius Ward have all just played their ninth match, joining former chiefs Neil Smith and Dan Saleumua.
Kelce turned 32 in October, Sorensen turns 32 in March and Winchester turns 33 next August. All three can set the bar high if they continue to play for the Chiefs and stay healthy. Don’t be surprised if Hill, who turns 28 in March, and Mahomes, who turns 27 in September, will one day surpass Kelce, Sorensen and Winchester.