AFC Championship Preview

The Chiefs will host the Patriots at Arrowhead Stadium for the AFC Championship in a week 6 Sunday Night Football Rematch.

Both teams are coming off convincing home playoff wins (NE-41 LA-28) (KC-31 IND-13) and will look to continue their playoff successes this Sunday night.

The last time Kansas City played New England they lost a 43-40 thriller in which Tom Brady’s Patriots proved too much to handle for the Patrick Mahomes led Chiefs. Tom Brady threw for 340 passing yards and one touchdown, while the Patriots rookie Georgia running back Sony Michel rushed for over 100 yards and two touchdowns. The Patriot’s perfectly balanced run/pass attack dominated the mediocre Kansas City defense which they were able to control more and more towards the end of the game to outlast the Chiefs in the thrilling SNF shootout.

Other than Patrick Mahomes two interceptions, he played well and threw 23/36 with 352 passing yards and 4 touchdowns. Tyreek Hill thrashed the New England secondary and caught for 142 yards and 3 touchdowns on just 7 receptions. While the Chiefs may have thrown the ball well, an unsuccessful rushing attack forced them to rely too much on the pass and cost them the game.

Kansas City’s backs cumulatively rushed for a mere 86 yards and zero touchdowns on just 13 carries. As a result of not balancing the run and the pass (36-13), the Chiefs weren’t able to control the clock on offense and gave the Patriots two interceptions. This is not a surprise, because the KC offense became too predictable and threw the ball around 3/4 of the time the ball was snapped.

However, this is the AFC Championship in Kansas City, not week 6 in Foxborough and both teams have changed since then.

The Chiefs have released Kareem Hunt in the weeks following the game who they have heavily relied on the past two times they have faced the Patriots. Despite this loss, Kansas City was able to persevere and finish with the number one seed in the AFC. New England, the two seed, were off-and-on the whole season (for the Patriots standards) and finished the season 11-5. This was surprisingly enough to receive a bye week which the Patriots used to successfully prepare for the Chargers, who they dominated 41-28.

Tom Brady will be playing in his 8th straight AFC Championship where he will face the second-year Patrick Mahomes in his first, and like week 6, this game will surely be a thriller.

Game time and location- Arrowhead Stadium, 5:40 PM CT


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