"The New England Patriots, let's face it, they're not good anymore.". Trent Dilfer uttered these simple-minded comments on September 29th, 2014, after the Kansas City Chiefs demolished the Patriots in Arrowhead stadium during their week four matchup, 41-14.
Since that game, the New England Patriots have won the AFC East five times, been to five AFC Championships, won three of them, and won two Superbowls.e butt
I’m going to go out on a limb and say the Patriots might’ve just proved Dilfer wrong on that scorching hot take.
Here New England comes, just like every other year, waltzing their way into the AFC Championship. This time, they face the 13-4 high powered offense of the Chiefs, in an extremely rare situation where the Pats are the underdog.
There are many ways each team can win this game on Sunday. Here are three ways each side can punch their ticket to Atlanta:
3 Keys to a Chiefs Victory
3 Keys to a Patriots Victory
Earlier this season, the Patriots and Chiefs put on an insane offensive display in one of the best games of the season when the youngblood was outdueled by the GOAT, and the Patriots pulled it out 43-40 back in week six. As evenly matched as the teams were in that game, I expect this one to be a great sequel to it.
The Chiefs are favored for a reason in this game. Overall they are probably the better team. They have the MVP on their team in Patrick Mahomes II, probably a candidate for coach of the year in Andy Reid, and some of the best skill position players in the NFL.
All that being said, the Patriots will pull this out in a scrappy, hard-fought game. Brady and Belichick are almost unbeatable, and if the Chiefs can pull it off it will be a great accomplishment.
Unfortunately for Kansas City, I don’t think it’s time for Mahomes to ascend all the way to the top of the Football world just yet. He’s had an amazing season, and will have an astounding career in the future, but this is possibly Brady’s last chance at a ring and he will not be denied.
Not this Sunday.
New England guts this one out in frozen Arrowhead 37-31.
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