Patriots Win AFC Championship; Advance to Superbowl LIII

The Patriots bested the Chiefs 37-31 in an overtime thriller.

The Patriots hopped out to an early 14-0 lead and were able to steadily maintain it until the Chief’s 24-point fourth quarter. During Kansas City’s fourth-quarter run they took the lead at one point 28-24, but then Tom Brady led the Patriots down the field with less than two minutes remaining to score a touchdown to take the lead 31-28. This was followed up by a Chief’s drive to tie the game with a field goal 31-31 that sent the game into overtime.

New England won the toss in overtime, chose to receive the ball then proceeded to drive down the field and score a touchdown to win the game. During this drive, the Patriots converted three third downs to position themselves at the one-yard line where Rex Burkhead was able to punch in the game-winning touchdown.

Tom Brady threw for 348 yards, one touchdown and a pair of interceptions. While Brady didn’t perform to his usual standard for most of the game, he did show up when he needed to in the fourth quarter and overtime by leading the Patriots to two significant lead-taking drives. His teammate, Sony Michel had an amazing performance rushing for 113 yards and two touchdowns, an almost identical performance to the last time these two met in week 6 where he thrashed the Chiefs defense for 106 yards and two touchdowns.

Patrick Mahomes completed over 50% of his passes, threw for 295 yards, 3 touchdowns, and no interceptions. Sadly for Kansas City, this stellar performance by Mahomes was not mirrored by their defense or rushing game.

Damien Williams, the only Chiefs running back to take a snap during the game rushed for a pitiful 30 yards. The Kansas City defense struggled against the Patriots early and late in the game, letting the Patriots jump to a 14-0 lead, and then allowing New England to orchestrate two lead-taking drives, one in the fourth quarter and one in overtime.

The Patriots and the Rams will meet in Atlanta in two weeks for Super Bowl LIII.

Picture Credits – SB Nation




Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in: Logo

You are commenting using your account. Log Out /  Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out /  Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out /  Change )

Connecting to %s