The Kansas City Chiefs won their first championship in 50 years by defeating the San Francisco 49ers 31-20 in Super Bowl LIV. The time between this title and Kansas City’s next one should be much, much shorter.

Patrick Mahomes’ Super Bowl MVP award could be the first of many. At the very least, the quarterback will keep the Chiefs in Super Bowl contention for the next several years, assuming he remains relatively healthy.

Mahomes has established himself as the best quarterback in football. He won the 2018 NFL MVP award, throwing 50 touchdown passes and leading the Chiefs to the AFC Championship Game. The signal caller led a double-digit comeback in all three of Kansas City’s 2020 playoff victories on the way toward being the most valuable player of the season’s biggest game.

The Chiefs have scored at least 31 points in all five playoff games started by Mahomes. The quarterback has a 108.9 career regular-season passer rating and a 106.6 rating in the playoffs.

At just 24 years old, Mahomes might only get better. That’s a scary notion for the rest of the league, who should get used to the idea of the Chiefs competing for championships.

Recent history proves that teams with a top-tier quarterback are virtually guaranteed to be in the mix for the Super Bowl each year.

Tom Brady has won six championships and made nine Super Bowl appearances. The New England Patriots have failed to make the playoffs just once in the 18 seasons that Brady has started more than one game.

Bill Belichick is arguably the biggest reason for New England’s dominance. The best quarterbacks of the last two decades have been consistent Super Bowl contenders, even without the greatest head coach ever.

Peyton Manning was an automatic ticket to the playoffs, ending his career with 13 straight postseason appearances as a starter. The future Hall of Famer led the Indianapolis Colts to a pair of Super Bowls and one title. Manning did the same in four years as the Denver Broncos’ quarterback.

Manning was as good as any quarterback in the history of the regular season. He’s a five-time MVP, a seven-time First-Team All-Pro selection and a 14-time Pro Bowl selection.

Aaron Rodgers made the Green Bay Packers perennial contenders when he took the reins from Brett Favre. Starting with the 2009 season, Green Bay made eight straight playoff appearances, winning a Super Bowl and reaching two other NFC Championship Games. The Packers averaged 10.9 wins per year during that stretch.

Rodgers is a two-time MVP. He got Green Bay back to the conference title game this year.

Since the New Orleans Saints signed Drew Brees in 2006, the team has made eight playoff appearances. The Saints have won a Super Bowl and six NFC South titles during that span.

Brees has several NFL records and has been held back by some awful defenses. In the four seasons since 2009 that the Saints have missed the postseason, New Orleans’ defense has ranked 27th, 32nd and 31st twice.

The Chiefs have made the playoffs in six of the seven seasons that Andy Reid has been the head coach. With Mahomes entering his third year as the starting quarterback, Kansas City could potentially be in the early stages of the next NFL dynasty.