RICHMOND- It was a known fact. The media was begging and had already made a choice.
There was absolutely no way the Patriots could go on the road and win a playoff game. Rob Parker even proclaimed “the reign of terror would be over” and would move to Mexico if he was wrong.
Safe to say, the disgraced reporter should be packing and leaving permanently.
The Patriots shut down the noise and racked up a 37-31 OT victory over the host Kansas City Chiefs in the AFC Championship.
The win propels the Patriots to Super Bowl 53 in Atlanta. They will take on the Los Angeles Rams, who won the NFC Title over the New Orleans Saints earlier in the day.
Patriots QB Tom Brady’s stats may not look pretty as he finished 30-46 (65.2%) for 348 passing yards, 1 touchdown, and 2 interceptions. Not glamorous enough for the media, but enough to win the game.
Running back Sony Michel’s 113 yards and two touchdowns on 29 carries added to his already impressive playoff run. This adds to his 138 yards and three touchdowns against the Chargers a week ago.
251 yards and five touchdowns? Worth a first round for Bill Belichick.
TE Rob Gronkowski looked like his old self catching six passes for 79 yards. If this truly is his last season, he looks like he’s having more fun than ever.
At the half, the Patriots stunned everyone by leading 14-0 and having shut down, at least for a half, one of the NFL’s most prolific offenses of the season and year.
Patrick Mahommes led the Chiefs in passing, going 16/31 for 295 yards and three touchdowns, all coming in the second half.
Damien Williams led the team in rushing with 30 yards while Tyreek Hill was held to one catch for 42 yards. Travis Kelce only had 23 yards receiving.
The Patriots did have to rely on luck and improper discipline from the Chiefs however. An apparent muff by WR Julian Edelman on a fourth-quarter punt return was overturned by a lengthy video review, prompting boos and some pushback from Chiefs Coach Andy Reid.
The very next play however, calmed the Arrowhead faithful as Daniel Sorensen recorded a key interception which helped the Chiefs take a 21-17 lead.
With 3 1/2 minutes remaining, and trailing 24-21, Williams’ 2-yard run gave the Chiefs a 28-24 edge that New England would have to overcome.
But just when New England looked to drive for the win, another interception and that was the game…..Or was it?
An offside call on linebacker Dee Ford negated the interception which would have clinched a KC victory and sent New England home.
Unfazed, Brady led the march down the field and took a 31-28 lead. Harrison Butker nailed a late field-goal to tie it at 31 heading into overtime.
After winning the toss in overtime, it seemed like Super Bowl 51 was happening all over again. Brady converted three times on third down and brought the ball to the two yard line.
Rex Burkhead had put the Patriots ahead in the 4th quarter, so once again his number was called and he delivered, scoring the final touchdown and ending the game.
Kansas City has a bright future as Mahommes looks like the real deal. For now, it’s the offseason and back to work.
As for Brady, it’s another trip to the Super Bowl looking for a 6th ring, but the Rams will be tough to beat.
If Brady can handle the hostile Kansas City crowd and atmosphere, why should we doubt that he will have a plan to attack his old nemesis Wade Phillips?
We keep doubting, and we just don’t learn. They say insanity is doing the same thing over and over again while expecting a different result. So let’s just watch and see. A great run still continues.