Newspaper article The Canadian Press

Laurent Duvernay-Tardif Looking Forward to Chiefs Rematch with Steelers

Newspaper article The Canadian Press

Laurent Duvernay-Tardif Looking Forward to Chiefs Rematch with Steelers

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Duvernay-Tardif looking forward to rematch


Canadian Laurent Duvernay-Tardif and the Kansas City Chiefs will get a second shot at the Pittsburgh Steelers on Sunday.

Kansas City hosts Pittsburgh in the AFC divisional playoff game at Arrowhead Stadium. The Chiefs will not only be looking for their first home playoff win in over 20 years but also to avenge a lopsided 43-14 loss to the Steelers on Oct. 2 at Heinz Field.

"When we first heard we were going to play the Steelers I think everybody was kind of happy because nobody likes to get beat the way we got beat," Duvernay-Tardif said during a conference call. "I think it's our chance, our opportunity, to show we're a really good football team and that we're not the same team we were during our first go-around with them.

"I think it's going to be in the back of our minds but in a positive way. Personally and collectively as a team everybody is really looking forward to that game."

The six-foot-five, 321-pound Duvernay-Tardif is completing his third season with Kansas City and second as its starting right guard. That's quite an accomplishment for the 25-year-old Montreal native who was selected in the sixth round, 200th overall, in the 2014 NFL draft out of McGill.

Duvernay-Tardif, who continues to study to become a doctor while playing football, hadn't yet celebrated his second birthday the last time Kansas City won a home playoff game. On Jan. 8, 1994 the legendary Joe Montana led the Chiefs to a 27-24 overtime win over Pittsburgh.

Since then, Kansas City is 0-4 at home in the playoffs and 1-8 overall in the post-season.

Sunday's game will be Duvernay-Tardif's first NFL post-season contest at home. He feels a fast start versus the Steelers would not only give the Chiefs early momentum but get their rabid fans into the game.

"I think it will be important for us to make a statement right away and start the game fast like we've been doing the past couple of weeks whether it's against San Diego (37-27 win Jan 1) or Denver (33-10 win Dec. …

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