KANSAS CITY, Mo. (WIBW) -- It's been nearly three months since the Kansas City Chiefs lost to the New England Patriots in overtime of the AFC Championship game.
New England Patriots strong safety Patrick Chung (23) pressures Kansas City Chiefs quarterback Patrick Mahomes during the second half of the AFC Championship NFL football game, Sunday, Jan. 20, 2019, in Kansas City, Mo. (AP Photo/Charlie Neibergall)
Nearly three months that the players have had a bad taste in their mouths.
"When you're that close, you want to get back in the building and get right back after it," said Patrick Mahomes, Chiefs quarterback. "I was itching the day after the AFC Championship game to get back to football."
Then, they had to watch two teams they'd stayed toe-to-toe with compete for a championship Kansas City has dreamed of since 1969.
"I kind of watched it but at the same time I couldn't watch it because I was so disappointed that we weren't there," Mahomes said.
"I was pretty annoyed with it but I thought I was over it," said Mitchell Schwartz, Chiefs right tackle. "Then watching the Super Bowl, I was like, 'Man, we could pretty easily be here right now.'
"We had played three games against those two teams and they were all within a field goal I think."
Monday marked day one of the Chiefs' 2019 offseason program--and the start of, what the team hopes is, avenging that heartbreak.
"I feel like we're still building on that," said Travis Kelce, Chiefs tight end. "It still stings you when you think about it. But at the same time, we're here and everyone in this building is ready to get this thing going.
"A lot of momentum was built from that."
"We need to get to the Super Bowl," Mahomes said. "That's the goal. There are no other goals.
"It's finding ways to win games, it's finding ways to position yourself the right way, finding ways to get to that Super Bowl and finding a way to win that when you get there."
The Chiefs' Road to Super Bowl LIIII (54) begins with rookie minicamp in May, training camp in late July and the preseason in August.
The full 2019 schedule will be released sometime this spring.