In their quest to go back-to-back as Super Bowl champions, the Kansas City Chiefs offensive line faltered when it mattered most.
But the team has assessed those needs heading into 2021.
Guards Joe Thuney and Kyle Long joined the team in free agency, and former Los Angeles Rams center Austin Blythe has come in to replace Austin Reiter. They also added center Creed Humphrey in the second round of the draft.
The new-look offensive line will be charged with protecting star quarterback Patrick Mahomes throughout a new 17-game slate in an attempt to clinch a third consecutive AFC title.
Here's what the Chiefs will have to contend with as they do so.
2021 Kansas City Chiefs Schedule
*Full television schedule can be viewed on the team's official website.
The Chiefs lucked out by landing some of their most difficult matchups at home, with the Buffalo Bills and Green Bay Packers—both 13-3 and division winners in 2020—coming to Arrowhead Stadium this upcoming season.
The Cleveland Browns, who went 11-5 and gave the Chiefs a run for their money in the postseason, will also be among the visitors to Kansas City.
The team's road schedule also shows promise, with the Cincinnati Bengals and Philadelphia Eagles (both 4-11-1 last season) and the 7-9 Washington Football Team among the road trips coming up. All three of these teams had disappointing seasons in 2020 and now have some uncertainty at quarterback.
Joe Burrow will return from the knee injury that ended his rookie season early for the Bengals, while the Eagles and Washington welcome new starters in Jalen Hurts and Ryan Fitzpatrick, respectively.
These matchups should allow the Chiefs to be in a solid position to repeat as the league's offensive leaders after finishing with 415.8 yards per game in 2020.
The AFC West was a breeze for the Chiefs in 2020, with Kansas City coasting over the next-best team, the 8-8 Las Vegas Raiders.
Things could look different this season, with offensive line changes appearing to be the trend around the division.
The Raiders lost Trent Brown and Gabe Jackson, while the Chargers made a number of changes headlined by the addition of Matt Feiler. At the same time, they lost tight end Hunter Henry to the New England Patriots.
With new units in place to protect each team's signal-callers, the divisional matchups could prove to be a tougher hurdle for the Chiefs in 2021 than they were a year ago.
The Chiefs-Packers matchup provides a look into what the Super Bowl could have been in 2020, and what it could be in 2021 if everything continues on the same trajectory of last season. For Kansas City, it looks as though that could happen with this schedule.