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Frank Clark: The Closer

Welcome to the Playoffs, where Frank “The Shark” Clark likes to Hunt.

The underdog Cleveland Browns are running into Kansas City behind the tandem of Nick Chubb and Kareem Hunt. Their third-ranked ground attack puts them in position to keep the game against the reigning champions competitive.

In eight of their last nine games, the Browns have had at least 100 yards rushing which will be key if they want any sort of success in Kansas City. If the Browns are able to dominate the time of possession and convert on red zone opportunities, then they might be able to hang with the Chiefs.

Last season, the Chiefs had a very similar opponent (schematically) come into Arrowhead for the AFC Championship game. All week the defense heard about “King Henry” and the chunk plays that came as a result of the play-action pass.

Frank Clark heard the noise and led the defense to allow just under 70 yards rushing to Henry. The Closer himself sacked Ryan Tannehill on the final play of the game to send Kansas City to the Super Bowl. With the Browns riding this wave of hype and Kareem Hunt taking this week “personal” the Chiefs have their work cut out for them. This game will be won in the trenches with Frank Clark, leading the way.

Many fans have complained about Clark’s lack of production in the regular season, and statistically, they have valid reasoning. However, Brett Veach did not trade for and then pay Frank Clark for the 16 games in the regular season. He paid him for the three or four games when it matters most.

During last year’s Super Bowl run, Clark racked up seven quarterback hits, five tackles-for-loss, and five sacks in a three-game span. He closed off the divisional round game sacking Deshaun Watson, then he closed off the AFC Championship game sacking Ryan Tannehill, and finally, he had a quarterback hit on 4th & 10 with 1:33 remaining in the Super Bowl. Chiefs fans, it is the post-season and Frank Clark is on the hunt.

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