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New England Patriots links 1/21/19 - Game-winning drive in OT leaves Chiefs out in the cold

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  • Doug Kyed’s Patriots-Chiefs takeaways, metrics: Kyle Van Noy wreaks havoc as pass rusher.
  • Evan Lazar tells us ten things we learned from the Patriots’ 37-31 win over the Chiefs: 1. Brady, Edelman, and Gronkowski take the Patriots back to the Super Bowl.
  • Ryan Hannable recaps the Patriots 37, Chiefs 31 instant classic in Kansas City with ten quick thoughts. 1. It was pretty clear the Patriots were going to try to establish the run and that is exactly what they did.
  • Kevin Duffy details how the Patriots defense erased Tyreek Hill and Travis Kelce.
  • Mike D’Abate (FullPressCoverage) Super Bowl Bound: Patriots defeat Chiefs 37-31 in overtime thriller to capture AFC Title.
  • Michael Hurley offers some perspective on the sheer absurdity of this Patriots run of success.
  • Mike Petraglia highlights how in converting 13-of-19 third downs and all three in overtime, Tom Brady was again at his best when it mattered most.
  • Alex Reimer calls this Brady-Gronk delivery a perfect way for the ‘underdog’ Patriots to return to the Super Bowl.
  • Tom E. Curran describes the post-game victory chaos after a fittingly-dramatic win. “For everyone who said that all that [preseason drama] stuff wouldn’t matter in the end anyway and that the Patriots would be back in the Super Bowl … nailed it.” /Told ya, heh heh.
  • Karen Guregian writes that when the Chiefs lost the coin flip, they knew they were dead. “During all the important points down the stretch in the Pats 37-31 win at Arrowhead Stadium, Brady was a cool, calm assassin. He was a great quarterback when he usually is – in the clutch.”
  • Phil Perry mentions the team’s confidence in Tom Brady once they won the coin flip in OT.
  • Tom Keegan highlights how Rob Gronkowski came up big for New England.
  • Zack Cox talks about Julian Edelman going from goat to hero for the Patriots.
  • Doug Kyed calls attention to the unsung heroes from yesterday.
  • Adam London notes Chris Hogan’s reaction to nail-biter games is very similar to ours: “These tight games are taking years off my life.”
  • Zack Cox Patriots Notes: Rex Burkhead puts exclamation mark on epic AFC Championship.
  • Adam London NFL Rumors: Tom Brady sought out Patrick Mahomes after AFC title game.
  • Michael Hurley picks his Four Ups and Four Downs from the Patriots’ overtime victory. Way up: The running game.
  • NESN video captured Brady and Belichick embracing each other at midfield in a warm, genuine show of mutual admiration... and a little bit of profanity.


  • NFL Game Center ( Patriots at Chiefs: Recap, stats, highlights.
  • Riley McAtee (The Ringer) We were fools to believe this Patriots win wasn’t Inevitable.
  • Jenny Vrentas (SI) The end is not coming anytime soon for Tom Brady, Bill Belichick and the Patriots.
  • Danny Heifetz (The Ringer) Patrick Mahomes II, hero of the season, was no match for a coin flip. /You spelled ‘Tom Brady’ wrong.
  • Brian Costello (NY Post) Patriots escape epic, back-and-forth Chiefs battle to reach Super Bowl.
  • Steve Serby (NY Post) Tom Brady still the ‘baddest motherbleeper on the planet’.
  • Sean Wagner-McGough (CBS Sports) Patriots vs. Chiefs takeaways: Brady, Belichick vanquish Mahomes in overtime classic.
  • Chris Wesseling ( Patriots outlast Chiefs in OT to reach Super Bowl LIII.
  • Nancy Armour (USA Today) Opinion: New England Patriots ‘underdog’ ploy tiresome but sends them back to Super Bowl.
  • Darin Gantt (ProFootballTalk) Patriots were installing new plays Sunday morning.
  • Jori Epstein (USA Today) Rob Gronkowski sums up AFC Championship win vs. Chiefs: ‘One of the sweeter victories’.
  • Dan Wetzel (Yahoo! Sports) Tom Brady’s message for Patrick Mahomes after their AFC title duel.
  • Gary Gramling (SI) Sunday Freakout, Conference Championship game takeaways: Brady slightly More unstoppable than Mahomes, Goff delivers, NFL’s bad officiating and bad OT rules.
  • Albert Breer (SI) Monday Morning QB: It’s a Rams-Patriots Super Bowl, and an officiating nightmare.
  • Peter King (ProFootballTalk) FMIA: Amazing, crazy games lead to Rams-Patriots Super Bowl; Tom Brady: ‘We’ll remember this forever’.
  • Will Brinson (CBS Sports) Sorting the Championship Pile: No PI, Ford’s mistake, Greg the Leg and the nine crazy moments from Sunday.
  • Don BanksSnap Judgments: Musings, observations and the occasional insight as we absorb a riveting, comeback-filled (and controversial) Championship Sunday in the NFL.
  • Andy Benoit (SI) Early Super Bowl Preview: Belichick’s old-school plan for a new Rams juggernaut.
  • Lorenzo Reyes (USA Today) Super Bowl LIII preview: Patriots vs. Rams is a battle of old guard vs. new.
  • Jonathan Jones (SI) Chiefs came so close yet so far against the Patriots in the AFC title game.
  • Mike Jones (USA Today) Opinion: Despite loss to Patriots, Patrick Mahomes and the Chiefs will be back to seize the AFC – and soon.
  • Jason Owens (Yahoo! Sports) Patriots win another playoff OT coin toss, spark questions about fairness of NFL rules. /Boo. Hoo.


  • Sam Mellinger (Kansas City Star) New Chiefs, same postseason result: ‘You have to take in the hurt’.
  • Vahe Gregorian (Kansas City Star) Chiefs breakthrough season breaks down in end. But Mahomes is still start of new era.
  • Lynn Worthy (Kansas City Star) One more third-down stop could’ve changed everything for the Chiefs.
  • Blair Kerkhoff (Kansas City Star) With one more shot for Patrick Mahomes, AFC title-game outcome might’ve been different.
  • Sam McDowell (Kansas City Star) Where was the Chiefs’ pass rush? Tom Brady unbothered in Patriots’ win.
  • Sam McDowell (Kansas City Star) A coin toss swayed the outcome of the Chiefs’ AFC title-game loss, and that stings