Saturday's 45-44 loss to the Colts pushed Kansas City's streak of postseason defeats to eight, the longest in the NFL.
The team managed to build a foundation in the first year under head coach Andy Reid, going from a league-worst 2-14 team to an 11-6 record and the first playoff berth since 2010. Despite the loss, the players attempted to voice the positivity they would take into the offseason.
"We didn't make it to the Super Bowl," left tackle Branden Albert said. "If you want to look for moral victories, it was a good season. We turned our terrible season last year into a playoff contender. Some people had us as a Super Bowl Contender."
"I just wish we would've finished better. Hopefully we can get back on our horse in the offseason and make things right."
The Colts overcame a 28-point deficit, the second-largest in playoff history, outscoring the Chiefs 35-6 after Andrew Luck's second of three interceptions led to a touchdown on the first series of the second half.
T.Y. Hilton set a Colts postseason record with 224 receiving yards on 13 catches with two touchdowns, thanks in part to a depleted Chiefs secondary. Corner back Brandon Flowers was one of three players to leave the game with a concussion.
"I don't think opportunities like this come around too often," tight end Anthony Fasano said. "I think we really have to cherish each play and each game next year and not let this situation happen again."
Reid spoke Sunday to the success the team experienced in his first year in Kansas City.
"I’m never satisfied, number one, until you get that trophy and then you’re not satisfied and you’re going to go try and get another one," he said.
"Every season presents you highs and lows and I’m proud of the guys that hung together and worked hard to go from 2-14 to our record this year. I’m proud of that."