AFC Championship Live Blog: Patriots vs. Chiefs

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Welcome to Championship Weekend, a time of year Patriots’ fans have gotten used to thanks to their eight trips in a row, 13 trips since 2001, and 15th trip overall in team history. The Chiefs will be a formidable opponent for New England, with their high-flying offense and strong home-field pass rush. The Patriots will try to nullify the Chiefs’ offense by running the ball and keeping them off the field.

Here are the inactive players for both teams:

Patriots: DE Ufomba Kamalu, DE Keionta Davis, TE Stephen Anderson, CB Duke Dawson, C/G James Ferentz, DE Deatrich Wise, DT Danny Shelton

Chiefs: LB Dorian O’Daniel, G Kahlil McKenzie, C Jimmy Murray, G Laurent Duvernay-Tardif, WR Kelvin Benjamin, TE Deon Yelder, LB Tanoh Kpassagnon

We are 43 minutes from kickoff. Enjoy the game, and be sure to stay with us for live updates and opinions from this monster game.

FIRST QUARTER

15:00- The Patriots will get the ball first, which is a change from their philosophy of the past. THIS team is the type of team that flourishes after a strong start. Patterson returned it to the 20, and that is where the offense will get started.

14:55- Michel runs for 11 on the first carry from scrimmage; 1st & 10…

14:13- Michel runs for two; 2nd & 8…

13:30- Gronk makes a catch for 14 yards; 1st & 10 from the Patriots’ 45…

12:59- No gain on the run by Michel; 2nd & 10…

12:22- Gronk with a gain of six on the catch; 3rd & 4…

11:44- Sweep out of the gain by White, and he picks up five on the first down. 1st & 10…

11:09- Four yard run by Michel; 2nd & 4…

10:35- 3 1/2 yard gain by Burkhead on the catch; 3rd & 1…

9:54- White again out of gun, this time a counter to the right for two yards; 1st & 10…

9:15- Burkhead runs for three; 2nd & 7…

8:43- Brady missed the throw on the screen, which would have been a big play; 3rd & 7…

8:37- Edelman picks up 15 on the catch, which is huge; 1st & 10…

7:52- Michel runs for 11; 1st & Goal from the six…

7:18- Michel runs it down to the one; 2nd & Goal…

6:55- TOUCHDOWN, PATRIOTS!! Sony Michel punches it in from one yard out, and the Patriots get EXACTLY what they wanted out of the first drive. Yes, Kansas City has a quick-strike, dangerous offense, but this methodical Patriots offense is rolling, which is not good for KC. Patriots 7, Chiefs 0

6:50- Five yard run by Damian Williams; 2nd & 5…

6:08- Roberts come through on the blitz and makes a stop for a loss of two; 3rd & 7…

5:34- Jones called for a hold, which costs them a 1st down; 1st & 10…

5:28- Incomplete pass to Watkins; I get the feeling the Chiefs think they can go downfield all game. 2nd & 10…

5:25- PBU by Gilmore; 3rd & 10…

5:17- Kyle Van Noy with a HUGE sack for a loss of 14; 4th & 24…

4:33- 12-yard return by Edelman on the return, and the Patriots take over in Chiefs territory. Another balanced drive would be nice to see if you are a Patriots’ fan.

4:31- Incomplete pass; 2nd & 10…

4:24- Burkhead picks up six on the catch; 3rd & 4…

3:45- White runs AGAIN for a first down, picking up just over four yards; 1st & 10 from the KC 34…

3:00- One-yard gain by Burkhead; 2nd & 9…

2:17- Patterson takes the shovel pass for 15 yards and another 1st down; 1st & 10…

1:42- Michel runs for four up the middle; 2nd & 6…

1:07- Michel runs for four more; 3rd & 2 from the KC 10…

:24- Six-yard gain by Edelman gives the Patriots another 1st down, and that will do it for the 1st quarter. New England came ready to play. Patriots 7, Chiefs 0

SECOND QUARTER

15:00- Michel takes it down to the one again; 2nd & Goal…

14:16- Michel gets stuffed for no gain; 3rd & Goal from the one…big play…

13:37- Interception, Chiefs. Huge play by the Chiefs, and ALL the momentum the Patriots had is now gone. I am not a fan of that play because it is too dangerous in this big a game. They’d be better of running, getting stuffed, and getting the field goal. No points in that situation is a killer.

13:31- Mahomes avoids the pressure, but the pass is incomplete; 2nd & 10…

12:45- Big stop by the Patriots on 3rd & 1, which saves the offense after that bad turnover.

11:50- Michel runs for three; 2nd & 7…

11:15- Incomplete pass to Gronk is overthrown and almost picked; 3rd & 7…

11:00- Great throw by Brady and a catch by White for the 1st down…

10:22- Gronk on the crossing route for nine more; 2nd & 1…

9:37- Two yard run by Michel picks up the 1st down; 1st & 10 from the 50…

9:07- White drops the easy screen pass that could have been a big play; 2nd & 10…

8:59- Michel runs for nine; 3rd & 1…

8:25- Awful short yardage running; Michel needs to improve in that area. 4th & 1, and after showing they would go for it, they will punt. The Patriots are shooting themselves in the foot in this game, which is bad news when you face an offense like this on the road. Clean up the short yardage!!

7:25- Williams cuts his way for five; 2nd & 5…

6:47- Kelce with a shovel catch for two; 3rd & 3…

5:57- Missed sack leads to a first down; not good.

5:20- Hill gets open even when he is doubled, which is pathetic. Here come the Chiefs. 1st & 10…

4:37- Chiefs get away with a pick, an obvious hold, but the pass is overthrown (ball don’t lie).

4:31- Williams runs for one; 3rd & 9…

3:47- Flowers with a HUGE sack that may have pushed the Chiefs out of field goal range…and it did! The Chiefs are forced to punt, and the Patriots will take over at their own 10.

2:54- Two yard run by Michel; 2nd & 10…

2:27- 10-yard run by Michel; 1st & 10…and the Patriots will let it run to the two-minute warning.

1:56- Michel picks up one; 2nd & 9…

1:14- Michel runs for five; 3rd & 4…

1:08- Great adjustment on the catch by White…

:48- Huge play for White, 32 yards on the screen play to put the Patriots in a position to score before the half. Timeout, Patriots.

:41- White runs for nine; 2nd & 1, timeout. The Patriots have one left.

:27- TOUCHDOWN, PATRIOTS!! Dorsett makes the catch on the out and up, and the Patriots with a HUGE drive to end the 1st half. There is still time for the Chiefs to put together a field goal drive, so the Patriots still need to execute to finish the half.

:21- STUUUUUUUUUPID squib kick by the Patriots. Why the hell did they do that?

:00- Thankfully Van Noy is all over the place; another sack for the talented linebacker, and that will do it for the first half. The Patriots held the Chiefs to 36 total yards in the first half. It is safe to say that Kareem Hunt was definitely a factor for the Chiefs in the last three times they have played.

HALFTIME: NEW ENGLAND PATRIOTS 14, KANSAS CITY CHIEFS 0

THIRD QUARTER

15:00- The Chiefs offense will take over at their own 26, and I’m sure they will come out with a vengeance.

14:49- Five yards on the screen to Williams; 2nd & 5…

14:22- Flowers with a tackle after a gain of three by Williams; 3rd & 2…

13:37- Gilmore gets burned for 54 on a play that he had the coverage on; Watkins broke free, and Mahomes found him.

12:56- Touchdown, Chiefs. That was fast. KC did exactly what I thought they were going to do. The Patriots OFFENSE needs to step up now because the defense did their job getting the lead. This game is going to go back and forth until the final whistle. Patriots 14, Chiefs 7

12:56- Burkhead picks up six on the catch in the flat; 2nd & 4…

12:18- Edelman picks up four yards on the catch; 3rd & 1…

11:49- Burkhead barely picks up the 1st down; 1st & 10…

11:13- Overthrow by Brady; 2nd & 10…

11:08- Michel runs for four; 3rd & 6…

10:30- Ball is batted down, although Gronk was obviously held; the Patriots punt, and Hill ran backwards to the seven. Their was a flag on the play which pushed them back to the 3.5. That is all well and good, but they last Chiefs “drive” showed that 97 yards is not an issue. If anything, the Patriots have more problems because there is more room for Hill to run free. Huge series coming up here.

10:11- Gain of three on the catch; 2nd & 7…

9:39- Williams runs for 11, and the Chiefs offense is getting excited; 1st & 10…false start, 1st & 15…

8:40- Incomplete pass to Kelce; 2nd & 15…

8:34- Good interior pass rush, and the Patriots pick up the sack; 3rd & 18…

7:48- The Patriots come up with the big stop, and Edelman returned the punt to the Chiefs 37. Huge series coming up; the Patriots need a touchdown. Patriots 14, Chiefs 7

7:20- Michel for one; 2nd & 9…

6:59- Hogan with a catch for 10 yards, his first target and catch of the game; 1st & 10 from the Chiefs 24…

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6:22- Michel runs for two; 2nd & 8…

5:39- OPI on Dorsett, a 10-yard penalty. They only call that on the Patriots. 2nd & 18…

5:14- Hogan with the catch for two; 3rd & 17…

4:36- Stupid draw; that was a bad call right there. 4th & 15…

4:02- FIELD GOAL, PATRIOTS!! The reason for the all-caps is the excitement over the difficult kick getting drilled with confidence. Gostkowski has had some bad moments on the road, and to drill that into tough wind from a good distance is a great sign for the remainder of this game. Patriots 17, Chiefs 7

3:56- Chung was spying on the play and read it perfectly, forcing Mahomes to throw the ball away; 2nd & 10…

3:47- Nine-yard run by Mahomes, who was forced to run; 3rd & 1…

3:11- Mahomes sneaks for the 1st down; 1st & 10 from their own 35…

2:35- Play-action to Williams for four; Mahomes was forced to check down again; 2nd & 6…

1:57- Four-yard run by Williams; 3rd & 2 from the 44…

1:16- Hightower looked like he had him, by Mahomes made a great read to pick up the 1st down. 1st & 10 from the Patriots 47…

:16- Williams catch and run for 33 yards; 1st & 10 from the Patriots 14…

:00- Incomplete pass, and that will end the quarter. The Patriots hold a 10-point lead, but this game is far from over. Patriots 17, Chiefs 7

FOURTH QUARTER

15:00- Chiefs are gifted a DPI, and they are at the one…

14:52- Touchdown, Chiefs. Damian Williams with the catch out of the backfield, and we now have a one score game. The Patriots defense can’t be expected to keep these guys down all day, so don’t fault them for giving up points to this offense. The Patriots offense needs to answer- with a touchdown. Patriots 17, Chiefs 14

14:36- Edelman with a gain of 18 on the catch; 1st & 10 from the Patriots 43…

13:59- No gain on the run, and it looks like this game is in the hands of Brady; 2nd & 10…

13:15- OK, I’m a moron. Michel runs for 11 and another 1st down; 1st & 10 from the KC 46..

12:40- Michel picks up three on the carry; 2nd & 7…

12:01- Develin with the catch for 10 yards; 1st & 10 from the KC 34…

11:22- Michel runs for three more; 2nd & 7…

10:39- White picks up five on the catch; 3rd & 2…huge play here…

9:58- White is stopped after a gain of one, and it appears that the Patriots will go for it. I get it, but three would still be nice here.

9:47- Stuffed. Hate that call. They ran it with Burkhead, who was immediately tackled at the ankles. Put that in Tom’s hands; spread them out because the short yardage running has been horrible tonight. That is going to be costly because the Chiefs are going to score. Patriots 17, Chiefs 14

9:29- Gain of two by Williams; 2nd & 8…

8:51- Incomplete pass; 3rd & 8…big play…

8:47- Wow, this is interesting. The Patriots now have to challenge because it appeared that Edelman muffed the fair catch, but he definitely did NOT touch the ball. If this is not overturned, this will be as bad as the non-call New Orleans game. Now we wait…

8:39- Hallelujah, they got it right. Now it is time for the Patriots to put together their drive of the year…

8:31- Two-yard run by Michel; 2nd & 8…

7:55- Interception, Chiefs…Edelman dropped a perfect throw from Brady, and the Chiefs capitalized on the play. That was 100% on Edelman. The Patriots may be in trouble.

7:45- Touchdown, Chiefs. Disgusting defense right there; the backside completely lost contain, and now the Chiefs are up 21-17. If you are a Patriots fan, you have a right to be angry because the Patriots let the Chiefs stay in this game. Chiefs 21, Patriots 17

7:37- Patterson picks up three; 2nd & 7…

7:05- Stupid play by KC; roughing the passer gives the Patriots 15 free yards. 1st & 10 from the Patriots 43…

6:56- Two-yard run by Michel; 2nd & 8…

6:25- Eric Berry mauls Gronk the entire route- no call. That’s awful. 3rd & 8…

6:15- Hogan appeared to make a great catch, but the Chiefs will challenge. The ball moved, and I don’t think that is going to be a catch. The Patriots will probably have to punt.

6:06- UPDATE- I’m an idiot. Play stands.

5:59- Burkhead runs for 15; 1st & 10 from the KC 30….

5:22- Gronk picks up 10 and a 1st down; 1st & 10 from the KC 20…

4:48- Three-yard run by Burkhead; 2nd & 7 from the 17…

4:05- Burkhead picks up six; 3rd & 1 from the 11…

3:58- Wow, they stink at 3rd & 1. They are short, but after the replay, it looked like a bad spot. We have 4th & inches. This is the season.

3:32- TOUCHDOWN, PATRIOTS!! Michel takes it in from nine yards out, and the Patriots retake the lead. The good news- New England is winning. The bad news- the Chiefs have way too much time. The New England defense needs to make a stop; keep in mind the Patriots have three timeouts remaining. Patriots 24, Chiefs 21

3:26- Chiefs take over at the 32 after bad coverage on the kickoff…

3:21- Incomplete pass by Mahomes; 2nd & 10…

3:11- Fumble recovery is nullified by a JC Jackson hold, which is just ridiculous. Wow. Gronk has been getting mauled all night and has got zero calls, and Watkins falls and they bail the Chiefs out. The NFL REFEREES ARE AN ABSOLUTE JOKE.

3:04- Incomplete pass; 2nd & 10…

3:02- The Patriots are getting absolutely screwed right now. The roughing was legit; the DPI??? Are you kidding me? All he did was run with him. 1st & 10 from the NE 40…

2:55- Bomb to the end zone is almost picked, but Jones dropped it.

2:16- Is it enjoyable to watch the refs just let KC do whatever they want? This is a joke.

2:04- Touchdown, Chiefs. The ref-assisted touchdown is the least surprising thing I’ve seen in this game. The Chiefs left over two minutes on the clock, and the Patriots have three timeouts left. Chiefs 28, Patriots 24

1:57- Great return by Patterson, and the Patriots are setup at their own 34. Brady lives for these moments, but he needs his offensive line to protect. If they do, the Patriots WILL score a touchdown.

1:50- Edelman picks up 20 on the play; 1st & 10…

1:20- 10 yard catch by Hogan; 1st & 10…

1:05- Hogan makes the catch for a gain of 15…he might have dropped it, and they called a timeout, which may cost them the catch. This is big. No catch; 3rd & 10…

1:01- Wow. KC lined up offside and cost themselves a pick. 3rd & 5…

:54- Gronk makes the great catch at the four yard line, and the Patriots are now in a position to win the game. 1st & Goal from the four, KC uses a TO.

:39- TOUCHDOWN, PATRIOTS!! Burkhead takes it in from six yards out, and the Patriots are back on top. This game is far from over because :39 seconds and a timeout is plenty of time to get into field goal position. Hold onto your hats…Patriots 31, Chiefs 28

:23- KC gets the chunk play they need after Mahomes looked sacked. KC uses their final TO. 1st & 10…

:16- Bad coverage, KC in business; 1st & 10 from the Patriots 21…KC has time to throw one to the end zone.

:11- Incomplete pass, and KC will lineup to kick a field goal.

:08- Well, we are going to overtime. KC drills the field goal, and we will play on. Patriots 31, Chiefs 31

:06- Brady takes a knee, and now the coin toss will probably decide the game. Patriots 31, Chiefs 31

OVERTIME

15:00- The Patriots WIN THE TOSS!! That is huge. It’s Tom Brady time.

14:56- Ten-yard gain by Hogan; 1st & 10 from the Patriots 35…

14:20- One yard gain by Burkhead, which was a bad checkout. 2nd & 9…

13:40- Incomplete, KC gets away with DPI yet again. They just don’t get called for it. 3rd & 9..

13:34- Edelman with a HUGE catch for 20; 1st & 10…

12:54- Incomplete pass; 2nd & 10…

12:51- Patterson drops the slant that was a little behind him; 3rd & 10…

12:45- Edelman again, this time for 15; 1st & 10 from the KC 30…

12:03- Fleaflicker is incomplete; 2nd & 10…

11:57- Incomplete pass to Patterson; 3rd & 10…

11:53- 14- yard catch by Gronk; 1st & 10 from the KC 15…

11:12- 10-yard run by Burkhead; 1st & Goal from the five…

10:27- TOUCHDOWN, PATRIOTS!! BURKHEAD DOES IT, AND THE PATRIOTS WIN THE AFC CHAMPIONSHIP ON A WALKOFF TOUCHDOWN!!! PATRIOTS 37, CHIEFS 31

Thank you all so much for your support all season! This is as sweet as it gets as the Patriots get ready for their fourth Super Bowl in five years, and this just happens to be another rematch from back in the day. Be sure to join us in two weeks as the Patriots try to win their 6th world championship.

FINAL SCORE: NEW ENGLAND PATRIOTS 37, KANSAS CITY CHIEFS 31

2018 AFC CHAMPIONS- NEW ENGLAND PATRIOTS

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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