2018 AFC Playoffs

BSJ AFC Championship Report: Patriots 37, Chiefs 31 (OT) – Brady, offense save best for last

(Adam Richins for BSJ)

KANSAS CITY — Everything you need to know from the Patriots’ win over the Chiefs in quickie form, with BSJ insight and analysis:

Gamebook

HEADLINES

Patriots last ones standing in heavyweight bout: In a classic championship game, the Patriots emerged with a hard-fought victory when Rex Burkhead plunged in from 2 yards out on the first possession of overtime. This one had it all. The Patriots came out like gangbusters using a ground-and-pound approach, leading 14-0 at halftime — and it could have been much worse for the Chiefs had Tom Brady not thrown an interception from the 1-yard line. The Patriots pushed it to 17-7 in the third quarter before the Chiefs came swinging back with 14-straight points to lead 21-17. From there on out, the teams traded blow after blow, as KC tied it with 8 seconds left. On the final drive in overtime, the Patriots faced third-and-10 three times but Brady converted each of them.

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