AFC Championship Preview - New England Patriots at Kansas CIty Chiefs
Saturday, January 19, 2019
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The torch may finally be passed to the next generation of quarterbacks when the New England Patriots take on the Kansas City Chiefs for the AFC Championship Sunday night.
Chiefs QB and Pro Football Writers of America MVP Patrick Mahomes is looking to add to his growing list of accolades by knocking off the most successful QB of all time.
Tom Brady and the Patriots, playing in their NFL record eight consecutive AFC Championship, are looking to continue their run of unprecedented dominance by reaching the Super Bowl for the third straight year and fourth time in five seasons.
The game will be a rematch of their Week 6 shootout in New England that the Patriots won 43-40. The venue will be different this time, as Kansas City has earned home-field advantage, where they’ve lost only once this year.
Arrowhead Stadium should give the Chiefs a massive advantage, as New England is just 3-4 in road playoff games in the Brady-Belichick era. The Patriots have also lost three consecutive AFC Championships games away from Gillette Stadium.
As of Friday morning, weather forecasts are calling for temperatures around zero degrees Fahrenheit (or -17 degrees Celsius) at game time. In the frigid temperatures, the more experienced Brady may have the advantage. As The Boston Globe wonderfully put together, Brady is 24-4 when the game temperature is lower than 30 F. When the thermometer dips below 20 F, Brady is 5-1.
Regardless of the weather, Sunday’s game will feature two of the best offenses in the league.
New England entered the playoffs as the fifth overall offense in yards per game and fourth in offensive DVOA. The Kansas City offense was elite all season long, topping the league in yards per game, points per game, and offensive DVOA.
If each team’s respective Divisional round performance was any indication, this AFC Championship will be a battle between two teams firing on absolutely all cylinders.