KANSAS CITY, MO (KCTV) – For the New England Patriots, the AFC Championship Game on Sunday was as usual.
In their eighth consecutive conference championship, the Patriots defeated an offensive by the great power Chiefs and secured another Super Bowl bid in the process.
There was much speculation this week about how noisy Arrowhead Stadium would be throughout the game. During the first half, he was almost silent. However, it was not the work of the cold, but the work of Bill Belichick
Belichick executed his defensive game plan perfectly, using press coverage to contain Hill and Watkins, pulling the defenders around the end to put pressure on the Mahomes and almost eliminating the Chiefs' running game.
As a result, New England allowed only 32 yards of total offense and handed the Chiefs their first close of the first half of the 2018 season.
Down 14-0 at halftime, the atmosphere at Arrowhead said it was 30-0. It seemed that the Chiefs were forced to fall apart in the playoffs once again.
Then, there was hope. It was a run of four plays and 74 yards to start the second half which caused the launch of the Chiefs offense and reduced the deficit to seven.
After trailing 17-7, Kansas City would score on another touchdown at the beginning of the quarter, bringing the Chiefs back into a score for the first time since the first quarter.
For the second consecutive week, it was the defense of the Chiefs that rushed to save the day. This time, Daniel Sorensen wore the cape.
It started with a fourth stop down with nine minutes to go. Sorensen broke A's gap and picked up the Rex Burkhead runner by the hip, throwing him under the first downward marker and forcing a staff rotation in the downs.
After a three-out walk by the Kansas City offense, New England took over the 28-yard line just one touchdown away from booking a trip to Atlanta. Sorensen intercepted a pbad from Brady once again, making it the boss game to lose.
Then, in a moment of poetic justice, the Chiefs responded with the same play that eliminated their defense in the first half. Mahomes rolled to the left of the pocket, leaving Damien Williams alone on the left side of the field. Pbad, catch and score. The leaders lead 21-17 with just under eight minutes remaining.
From there, it was a round-the-clock battle of offenses.
The Patriots took advantage of a questioning of the penalty of the pbader, obtaining a new set of casualties and, finally, a touchdown. Damien Williams returned the favor, bouncing across the line to score in a 2-yard run and put the Chiefs back in front, 28-24 with two minutes to play.
But if there's something you can not give Tom Brady, it's the last two minutes of the fourth quarter. New England only needed six plays and 1:24 to claim a three-point lead and take Arrowhead's life.
Mahomes and the Chiefs' offense worked up to the 21-yard line, setting up a 39-yard field goal for Harrison Butker. Butker had lost a field goal he had won from the same spot on the field in week 14 against the Ravens.
Butker sent this stop through the pillars. Through time.
As the teams huddled for overtime pitching, Patriots wide receiver Matthew Slater sent a thunderous "WE WANT THE BALL" into the referee's microphone and watched the announcement bounce off the stands. The Patriots won the raffle and never looked back.
Brady and the New England offense dissected the Chiefs defense with surgical precision, completing three pbades of 10 yards or more and using only eight minutes before drilling the ball into the end zone.
It was an anguish once again for the Kansas City faithful, even if it's bittersweet for once.
Tune into KCTV5 News at Ten to see the highlights and interviews of the game on Sunday.
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