Brian and Amy Jordan of Lake Ozark and Amy’s parents, Fred and Wanda Johnston of Gravois Mills, have seen it all. As off-and-on Kansas City Chiefs season ticket holders for nearly 30 years, they’ve stuck by their beloved team during the harshest of times.

Brian and Amy Jordan of Lake Ozark and Amy’s parents, Fred and Wanda Johnston of Gravois Mills, have seen it all. As off-and-on Kansas City Chiefs season ticket holders for nearly 30 years, they’ve stuck by their beloved team during the harshest of times.

Amy wasn’t even born when the Chiefs last went to the Super Bowl 50 years ago, and Brian was just 1. They’ve heard tales from Amy’s parents who have held season tickets for 23 years. 

Brian has been an infrequent season ticket holder since the 1990s, and remembers the disappointments: Eight lost wild card, divisional or conference opportunities since 2000; eight seasons of more losses than wins. He cringes when recalling the 2-14 season of 2009 and the 4-12 season the following year. 

And, of course, he drops his head in painful recollection of last year’s heart-breaking loss to New England on a last-second field goal that prevented Kansas City from making the Super Bowl.

So close, yet so far. That’s the storyline of the Chiefs.

But Brian and Amy, like so many other Chiefs fans, felt this was going to be the year.

“We had a different feeling this year; there was a different atmosphere among the fans,” Brian said. 

And they were right. The Chiefs won eight games in a row after stumbling mid-season and earned the right to meet the San Francisco 49ers Sunday in the pinnacle of all games. 

“With eight minutes left in the (Tennessee) game, I said we were going to win,” Amy recalled. 

Brian wasn’t so sure until about 5 minutes left. But the 76,000-plus fans felt it. The crowd noise was deafening, Amy and Brian recall, and everyone was on their feet. That’s pretty much standard fare at a Chiefs game. 

As the clock ticked down, the record-breaking din of the happiest football fans in the country said it all. 

“Everyone was hugging each other,” Amy said. “We were all suddenly best friends. We stayed around another hour just watching and being part of it all.”

Brian and Amy joined her parents three years ago in the stands as full-time ticket holders and have savored the experiences. Even when the Chiefs lost, they were still part of the Chiefs Kingdom that helped carry the team to Miami.

There are so many “best memories” for Brian and Amy over the years, among them the Chiefs win over Denver this year – historically a tough rival. While they wanted former Mizzou standout Drew Lock to do well for the Broncos, their heart was with the Chiefs.

In general, Amy’s fondest memories are the fans and the undying love they have for the Chiefs. On game day, everyone is a friend – win or lose.

For Brian, a retired Sgt. First Class in the U.S. Army, the pre-game shows and flyovers from Whitman Air Force base capture his heart and emotions. His service in both Kosovo and Iraq has ingrained in him a sense of pride that is on display during the salutes to the military. 

Like an emerging throng of Chiefs worshipers, Brian admits he’s a bit superstitious. When the team falls behind – like the 0-24 first-quarter scare against Texas in the first playoff game and falling behind 0-10 early against Tennessee – Brian leaves his seat for the concourse or the bathroom. He doesn’t miss much of the game, though, because he watches on his phone or on a monitor in the concourse.

He's convinced that his absence during those critical parts of the game actually boosts the Chiefs. He rarely returns to his seat until the Chiefs are back on top.

Well, it seems to work. 

Amy’s dad was just out of high school when the Chiefs last went to the Super Bowl. As a daughter watching her parents age, she’s especially happy for them. Like the Kansas City Royals World Series win in 2015, the Chiefs Super Bowl showing could be a rare occurrence.

“I saw tears in my dad’s eyes when we fell behind 24-0 to Texas,” Amy recalled. 

But that was short lived, and the Chiefs came back in startling fashion for a 51-31 to advance to the AFC championship against Tennessee.

There was no Chiefs game last Sunday, the first Sunday in months that the Jordans had a chance to relax in their home on Horseshoe Bend. Both wore Chiefs garb, Amy snuggled under a crimson blanket on the couch. The NFL Pro Bowl was being broadcast from somewhere, but they didn’t really care because their team was going to the Super Bowl.

Brian and Amy will watch from the sidelines of their cozy home, but Fred and Wanda snagged seats to The Big Game. 

Amy’s brother-in-law, a San Francisco fan, has player connections out West and was able to get tickets. They have friends in Fort Lauderdale where they will overnight before heading south to Miami.

The Jordans, the Johnstons and many others within the Chiefs Kingdom believe this could well be the start of a dynasty for Kansas City. Quarterback Patrick Mahomes, arguably the best quarterback in the NFL and certainly the best-youngest, has a bevy of talent at his fingertips.

Brian has his sight set on New England Patriot’s Tom Brady, who has six Super Bowl Rings. His dream is that Patrick Mahomes can break that mark like so many other milestones he has reached.