6:40 p.m. ET kickoff on CBS
ABOVE VIDEO: The Patriots tackle the Chiefs in the AFC Championship recreation set for six:40 p.m. Sunday on CBS.
BREVARD COUNTY, FLORIDA– For the second time in the previous 4 years, the highest 4 groups in the NFL will meet on Convention Championship Sunday.
Within the AFC, the No.1 seeded Kansas City Chiefs will host, who else, the No.2 seed New England Patriots and in the NFC, the No.2 seed Los Angeles Rams will journey to face the top-seeded New Orleans Saints.
There are a number of intriguing features to these video games. Every contest is a rematch of two of the higher video games performed in the league this season and for the primary time because the convention championship video games have been tailored in 1970, the 4 highest scoring groups in the course of the common season have reached the ultimate 4.
Through the 2018 common season, the Chiefs led the league with a scoring common of 35.Three factors per recreation, adopted by the Rams (32.9), Saints (31.5) and Patriots (27.Three). The sport options the 2 winningest lively coaches in the Patriots’ Invoice Belichick (290 wins) and the Chiefs’ Andy Reid (207 wins).
It’s up to the leagues prime 4 groups to make this playoff season a bit of extra compelling.
The typical margin of victory throughout Wild Card Weekend was a bit beneath a landing (5.75 factors) however that doubled in the Divisional spherical as the highest seeds entered the combination and gained by a mean margin of almost two touchdowns (11.5 factors)
ABOVE VIDEO: New England produced the very best level complete of their season in their house matchup towards KC however additionally they surrendered probably the most factors in anybody recreation all yr throughout their 43-40 win.
The Patriots and Saints every delivered the Chiefs and Rams their first losses of the season once they met again in weeks six and 9 respectively.
New England produced the very best level complete of their season in their residence matchup towards KC however additionally they surrendered probably the most factors in anybody recreation all yr throughout their 43-40 win.
Within the recreation, the Chiefs almost overcame a 24-9 halftime deficit thanks to quarterback Patrick Mahomes and his 352 passing yards however Patriots QB Tom Brady performed like he was 21, not 41, because the G.O.A.T handed for 340 yards and accounted for 2 scores.
The Chiefs tied the sport with just a little over three minutes to play however it merely turned a matter of when not if Brady would lead the Patriots to the game-winning rating.
Brady led the Pats on a six play, 55-yard drive that chewed up all however three seconds of the sport clock and culminated with a 28-yard Steven Gostkowski subject aim to give New England the win.
ABOVE VIDEO: Chiefs QB Patrick Mahomes had a particular season. He turned simply the third quarterback in NFL historical past to have 50 or extra landing passes in a season, Peyton Manning holds the NFL document as he completed with 55 in 2013.
PATRIOTS VS CHIEFS:
- SERIES RECORD – Chiefs lead 18-15-Three
- LAST MEETING – Patriots beat Chiefs 43-40, Oct. 14, 2018
- LAST WEEK – Patriots beat Chargers 41-28; Chiefs beat Colts 31-13
- PATRIOTS OFFENSE – OVERALL (5), RUSH (5), PASS (Eight)
- PATRIOTS DEFENSE – OVERALL (21), RUSH (11), PASS (22)
- CHIEFS OFFENSE – OVERALL (1), RUSH (16), PASS (Three)
- CHIEFS DEFENSE – OVERALL (31), RUSH (27), PASS (31)
Many soccer followers are hoping for a Kansas City victory on Sunday over New England. The rationale you’ll hear many of them give is that they merely are drained of watching the Patriots play for the Vince Lombardi trophy.
However do we actually respect what we’re watching New England accomplish through the Invoice Belichick and Tom Brady period?
This previous season, New England gained its 10th consecutive division title, the longest streak in NFL historical past and to add salt to the injuries of the haters, the Patriots are the one staff to win 15 division titles in a 16-year span.
With their win over the Chargers final Sunday the Patriots shall be enjoying in their eighth consecutive AFC Championship Recreation, the primary staff because the 1970 merger to play in eight consecutive Convention Championship Video games.
In all, that is the franchises 15th Convention Championship look, 13 of them have include Invoice Belichick because the coach and Tom Brady underneath middle.
With a win on Sunday, the Patriots will set a brand new NFL report for many postseason wins in a decade with 15 and can enhance their all-time franchise mark in the playoffs to 36-20 (.643), the perfect playoff profitable proportion in NFL historical past amongst groups which have performed at the least 15 playoff video games.
On the flip aspect, the Chiefs are enjoying in simply their second convention championship recreation since 1970. Their solely look got here in 1993 when Joe Montana was beneath middle for the Chiefs. Kansas was crushed up by the Buffalo Payments who have been on their method to dropping a 3rd straight Super Bowl.
In the course of the Brady Belechick period, the Patriots are 5-Four vs. groups in the course of the common season that they face in the convention championship recreation and 5-Four in the rematch in the convention championship recreation vs. groups they performed through the common season.
ABOVE VIDEO: Max Kellerman says Invoice Belichick clearly deserves extra credit score than Tom Brady for the New England Patriots’ 41-28 win vs. the Los Angeles Chargers in the AFC Divisional Spherical. Kellerman credit Belichick’s recreation plan and Sony Michel’s three dashing touchdowns for outshining the Patriots’ passing recreation.
Throughout that very same time, New England has swept the common season and convention championship recreation on 4 events as they defeated the Colts (twice), Chargers and Steelers in 2003, 07, 14 and in 2016.
For the Patriots to sweep for the fifth time, they’ll have to battle forecasted extreme chilly circumstances and a Chiefs offense led by Patrick Mahomes.
Mahomes had a particular season. He turned simply the third quarterback in NFL historical past to have 50 or extra landing passes in a season, Peyton Manning holds the NFL report as he completed with 55 in 2013.
The opposite quarterback to throw 50 touchdowns in the course of the common season might be standing on the other sideline on Sunday. Tom Brady had 50 TD passes in 2007.
This previous season KC ranked first in the NFL in scoring (third in NFL historical past) with a franchise-record 565 factors (35.Three ppg). The membership led the league in yards per play (6.84) and ranked first in the NFL in yards per recreation (425.6).
Mahomes had 300 plus passing in 10 video games this season led the league with 52 throws of 25-plus yards. He had lots of weapons on the receiving finish of the throws.
Chiefs WR Tyreek Hill completed fourth in the NFL with 1,479 receiving yards and 12 touchdowns. Hill had 5 TDs of 50 yards this season. Tight finish Travis Kelce had career-best 1,336 yards receiving and has now caught a move in 79 consecutive regular-season video games.
For all of the speak of how bads the Chiefs protection was this season, they tied for the league as a unit in NFL with 52 sacks.
Defensive deal with Chris Jones has 15.5 sacks and set an NFL document this season with a sack in 11 consecutive video games. Chiefs linebacker Dee Ford has 11 QB pressures that prompted turnovers or fumbles this season, together with a strip-sack towards Indianapolis final week
ABOVE VIDEO: Patriots rookie operating again SonyMichell rushed for 129 yards and three touchdowns in his postseason debut, whereas operating again James White caught 15 passes in the divisional spherical, tying an NFL postseason report.
If New England is to win they may have to depend on their dashing assault to maintain Mahomes and the Chiefs explosive offense off the sector.
Patriots rookie operating again Sony Michell rushed for 129 yards and three touchdowns in his postseason debut, whereas operating again James White caught 15 passes in the divisional spherical, tying an NFL postseason report.
Michell, a first-round draft decide, surpassed 100 dashing yards in 5 of his 13 video games this season. The Chiefs’ protection has been one of the worst in the NFL at stopping the run and Michel accounted for 102 of the Patriots’ 173 dashing yards in their win over with Chiefs earlier this season.
Tom Brady may have to depend on the brief passing recreation as he has executed with nice success on Sunday if the Pats are to advance to their third straight Super Bowl.
Brady will look to Julian Edelman who merely racks up yards and catches in the playoffs. Brady has focused Edelman 10 or extra occasions in every of the Patriots’ final 10 playoff video games and he’s excelled averaging eight catches and 101.6 yards per recreation throughout that span.
Final week in the divisional spherical, Edelman tied his profession excessive with 191 yards on 9 catches. Edelman will possible be coated by Chiefs slot nook Kendall Fuller, who in accordance to Professional Soccer Focus has allowed 19 catches on 23 targets for 206 yards and has missed 5 tackles during the last three video games.
The venue issues in the NFL, particularly in the playoffs. The primary recreation was performed in New England the place going again to 2001, the Patriots are 19-Three in the playoffs however simply Three-Four on the street.
This previous season, together with Saturday’s dominant win over the Chargers, New England went an ideal 9-Zero at Gillette Stadium and posted a league-best level differential of 143, profitable their house video games by a mean of two touchdowns and a two-point conversion.
On the street, they went Three-5 and completed with a negative-19 level differential (17th).
The Chiefs, in the meantime, are Eight-1 at residence this yr and their win over the Colts on Saturday snapped a six-game home-playoffs dropping streak. Kansas City may have to hope they exorcized all of the home-field playoff demons.
House groups have gained every of the final 10 convention championship video games. The final street groups to advance to the Super Bowl have been the Baltimore Ravens and San Francisco 49ers in the 2012 postseason.
ABOVE VIDEO: Lamar Hunt is the unique proprietor of the Kansas City Chiefs. The winner of the AFC Championship recreation receives a trophy that bears his identify, which the Chiefs have by no means gained.
The Kansas City Chiefs are three-point favorites. This the primary time New England has not been favored in a postseason recreation because the 2013 AFC Championship a 26-16 street loss to the Denver Broncos. The final time the Patriots have been underdogs in a recreation Tom Brady began was Week 13 in 2014 at Inexperienced Bay.
When the Chiefs final performed in the Super Bowl, Len Dawson was matriculating the ball down the sector for head coach Hank Stram as Kansas City upset the closely favored Minnesota Vikings, 23-7 in Super Bowl IV, following the 1969 season.
The primary quarter could possibly be an indicator as to how this recreation may go. Kansas City outscored their opponents by 91 factors in the primary 15 minutes of a recreation this season. Of their common season matchup with the Chiefs, the Patriots gained the primary quarter 10-6 and the sport 43-40.
However that recreation was in New England and Kansas City is arguably the hardest place to win a street recreation, a lot much less the Chiefs first-ever house AFC Convention title recreation.
The truth is, Arrowhead Stadium set the Guinness world report for the loudest outside stadium throughout September 2014 recreation between guess who, the Chiefs and Patriots.
To take it a step additional, New England has not gained a street playoff recreation since beating Chargers 24-21 in the divisional spherical in 2006 season.
The Chiefs have scored at the very least 26 factors in each recreation this season and whereas I feel the climate will forestall this recreation from duplicating the 83 complete factors the groups mixed to rating earlier this season in their recreation, I do assume the Chiefs rating their 26 and some extra in this contest.
So long as Andy Reid doesn’t outthink himself or stops considering altogether, for the primary time in franchise historical past, the trophy that bears the identify of their founding proprietor, Lamar Hunt, might be hoisted in Kansas City because the Chiefs advance to their first Super Bowl in 49 years.
PREDICTION: Kansas City Chiefs 30 New England 14
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