The one-liner was unexpected.
Chiefs linebacker Anthony Hitchens was answering a question about the San Francisco 49ers’ ground attack when he quickly diverted to a different point.
“Our mindset is to stop the run,” Hitchens said, smiling before leaning toward the microphone. “And for the third week in a row, try to get off to a better start.”
Many reporters laughed, as Hitchens was speaking to a truth.
It’s one, though, that will be much less funny for the Chiefs if it continues in next week’s Super Bowl.