2018 AFC Playoffs

Patriots already have their sights on rematch with high-powered Chiefs

(Adam Richins/Boston Sports Journal)

FOXBOROUGH — After Sunday’s game, Chargers quarterback Philip Rivers was asked if he’ll watch the AFC title game between the Patriots and Chiefs.

“I’ll watch it,” he replied. “I hope they play for about three days. Really, I hope it lasts three days and they finally just call it a draw.”

Any residual bitterness from Rivers aside, with apologies to the folks in Los Angeles and Indy, this is the AFC title game everyone was looking for. Right?

“No. 1 and No. 2 seed,” Phillip Dorsett said after Sunday’s win over the Chargers that landed New England in its eighth straight AFC title contest. “It’s going to be tough. But we’re ready for it. We’ll be ready. We’re going to enjoy this one and we have to get back (Monday).”

“(They're) the best team in the AFC — the one seed,” Julian Edelman said of the Chiefs. “We’re going to go on the road in a hostile environment in Kansas City. They have a really good football team. It's going to start with an unbelievable week of practice (and) preparation -- we need to do that to give us the best shot to win.”

That preparation will inevitably start with a look back at the October showdown, a 43-40 win for New England at Gillette that was one of the most remarkable games of the year. For the Patriots, what was the biggest takeaway from that one, and what can be gleaned from that game in advance of the AFC championship?

It all depends on whom you talk to.