Kansas City Chiefs vs New England Patriots

Kansas City Chiefs vs New England Patriots

Oddsmakers currently list the Kansas City Chiefs as three-point favourites. Patriots wide receiver Julian Edelman has expressed his thoughts about that on Twitter with the hashtag #Betagainstus, which goes against the “ignore the noise” stance the team has taken in general …

Said Chiefs head coach Andy Reid: “This is like their eighth (AFC championship game) in a row, so with all this disrespect, they’re pretty dang good.” …

Even better than that, according to Mahomes. “The Patriots are in the AFC championship game every single year of my entire life pretty much.”

BY THE NUMBERS

Research done by others, and posted on social media, includes this: In the NFL’s 10 coldest games ever, no team has scored 30 points or more …

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Also, in the four coldest games of his career, Chiefs kicker Harrison Butker has missed three kicks …

Interesting stuff that is more readily available: In the past five years, the home team has won the past 10 conference championship games …

And, with New England’s 3-5 record on the road this season, all of the losses were against non-playoff teams.

WORDS OF THE DAY

Good news for Chiefs cornerback Kendall Fuller. “Think I get my screws out soon, so I’m looking forward to that,” he said in the K.C. locker room Wednesday. Fuller had surgery to repair a fracture in his right wrist on Dec. 14. He played through the injury the night before and was back in the lineup Dec. 30. Do the screws bother him when he’s playing? “Yeah, sometimes,” said Fuller. “But eventually they’ll go away.” …

Patriots centre David Andrews will have the guns out, no matter how cold it is. “I’ve never worn sleeves a day in my life,” he said, “so I’m just going to put on what I put on and go out there and play.” …

Singing the anthem Sunday will be 13-time Grammy Award winner Melissa Etheridge, who is from Leavenworth, Kansas, which is about a 40 minute drive from Kansas City. This is exciting for a lot of people.

New England Patriots vs Kansas City Chiefs

ON THE OFFENCE

Brady was asked about why the Patriots have not been “going for it” on fourth down as much as they used to in earlier years. He spoke about decisions being dictated by different scenarios and situations, and sometimes the feeling that the offence is just going good and won’t be stopped. “I’m sure there was a reason for all of those, why we would go for them and why we wouldn’t,” he said.

“How many times did we go for it this year?” He was told 14, and that seven were converted. “Fifty-percent, that’s not very good,” said Brady. And with the Chiefs having a high-powered offence that can strike quickly, would the Patriots gamble a little more often? “I think we’ll try to do what’s best, or what we think is best or gives us the best opportunity to win,” said Brady.

“It’s one game. If you don’t win, that’s it. That’s what the playoffs are about. You’re right, they’ve got a great offence. We’re going to need to score a lot of points.”

Forget about that note that says teams in the 10 coldest games ever have never put up more than 30, and go with the over on this one. Trends don’t hold true forever.

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