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New England Patriots links 1/17/19 - Belichick: Hardest thing about playing at Arrowhead is the Chiefs

Daily news and links for Thursday

Divisional Round - Los Angeles Chargers v New England Patriots Photo by Adam Glanzman/Getty Images



  • Matt Dolloff tells us why the Chiefs’ pass rush presents a different challenge than the Chargers.
  • Nick O’Malley scouts the Pats-Chiefs matchups to see who has the edge at each position.
  • Karen Guregian explains why the game ahead is motivation enough for Tom Brady.
  • Phil Perry says Tom Brady’s grin when asked about his team’s underdog status told us everything we need to know.
  • Ryan Hannable talks with some of Julian Edelman’s former coaches who detail his ability to perform in clutch, which came well before the Patriots.
  • Rich Thompson points out how James White continues to deliver in big games.
  • David Latham (LastWordOnSports) James Develin crucial to New England’s AFC Championship game victory.
  • Kevin Duffy knows facing the Chiefs is a game of whack-a-mole for any defensive coordinator, and looks at whether the Patriots can limit Tyreek Hill and Travis Kelce.
  • Nick Goss says the Patriots’ pass defense has greatly improved since the bye week, and has the stats to back it up.
  • Phil Perry reports the Patriots are thrilled to have Dont’a Hightower healthy.
  • Tom Keegan talks up the greatness of Patrick Mahomes. /Bestest thing since sliced bread.
  • David Furtado (LastWordOnSports) Tom Brady vs Patrick Mahomes: The sequel.
  • Steve Hewitt highlights the play of veteran Albert McClellan, who has been a big reason why the Patriots special teams turned around their early-season struggles.
  • Mike Reiss notes Bill Belichick is not buying that past road performances will dictate how his team plays this week. “The hardest thing about playing at Arrowhead is the Chiefs...”
  • Tom E. Curran brings up how Andy Reid went 3 for 4 on 4th downs vs. Indy, and how the success of fourth-down plays may be the difference on Sunday.
  • Matt Dolloff emphasizes how communication will be key at loud Arrowhead.
  • Joy Manning (BostonSportsChick) 2018 Patriots’ statistics on grass.
  • Matt Dolloff calls attention to how parts of Arrowhead Stadium’s grass field are being competely re-done in advance of Sunday’s game. /Hmm...
  • Mike Dussault (PatsPropaganda) Belichick AFC Championship Hoodie Preview.
  • Matt McCarthy ranks the Patriots 8 AFC Championship wins.
  • Adam Kaufman reminds everyone that the Patriots are exceptional in cold weather games.
  • Michael Hurley warns everyone ahead of time that the Patriots are set to play yet another AFC Championship Game with deflated footballs.
  • Staff (BostonSportsExtra) N.E. state of mind - The NFL wants a bad guy. “The hate toward this team is nothing new, but this year the Patriots are embracing all of the talk...”
  • Kevin Duffy Patriots Notebook: Bill Belichick vs. Andy Reid will be a terrific chess match.
  • Kevin Duffy gives us a practice update: Perfect attendance and relatively good health.
  • Michael McMahon notes center David Andrews will go the insane route on Sunday: “Never worn sleeves a day in my life, so I’m going to put on what I put on and go out there and play,”
  • Doug Kyed tells us why Brendan Daly is the ideal choice for the next Patriots defensive coordinator.
  • Michael McMahon notes Tom Brady jokes that his kids “don’t care much about dad. They’d rather hang with Gronk and Jules.”
  • Nick Goss shares Julian Edelman’s new hype video daring everyone to bet against them.
  • NESN posts a video comparing Bill Belichick’s TD reactions to other coaches. /Pretty funny.


  • Dan Wetzel (Yahoo! Sports) Real or imagined slights got Tom Brady to his 8th straight AFC title game.
  • Will Brinson (CBS Sports) How the Patriots can win the Super Bowl: Pound the rock, conjure a blizzard and invent a pass rush. /Yeah, right, slights are all imagined.
  • Kevin Van Valkenburg (ESPN) The myth of the Patriots’ underdog status. /Tell that to Vegas.
  • Jordan Raanan (ESPN) Bill Belichick dismisses excuses for AFC title game, especially weather.
  • Kyle Hightower (AP) Patriots preparing for anything in rematch with Chiefs and Mahomes.
  • Nick Shook ( Andy Reid on Tom Brady: ‘The age thing hasn’t hit him’.
  • Sean Wagner-McGough (CBS Sports) Ranking the four remaining quarterbacks, from Mahomes to Brady to Brees to Goff. Brady 2nd, behind Mahomes.
  • Jason La Canfora (CBS Sports) Here’s who’ll be the X-factor on each of the four teams on Championship Sunday. Patriots: Cordarrelle Patterson.
  • Rodger Sherman (The Ringer) The NFL playoffs weren’t designed to produce upsets.
  • Kevin Clark (The Ringer) Tom Brady, Drew Brees, and the era of the forever QB.
  • Albert Breer (SI) Game Plan: Building a Winner - How the Rams’ blueprint stacks up with the Saints, Patriots and Chiefs.
  • Manish Mehta (NY Daily News) Why Adam Gase’s Jets will end the Patriots Evil Empire. /For amusement purposes.
  • Conor Orr (SI) Morning Huddle: The Antonio Brown-Steelers feud barrels toward a conclusion.
  • Video (ESPN) Steve Young says the predicted freezing temperatures for the AFC Championship game will have an effect on both quarterbacks. (44 second clip)
  • NFL Total Access ( Sarah Thomas reflects on being first woman to officiate playoff game. (3.04 min. video)