Chiefs vs Patriots : The Chiefs take on the Patriots for the right to hoist the Lamar Hunt Trophy on Sunday. the action Sunday for the AFC and NFC Championship Games.
the Chiefs Wire staff will offer its weekly predictions for each Chiefs game. Here are our picks for Kansas City’s AFC title match against the New England Patriots.The Chiefs have a masterful head coach, the best quarterback in the NFL, a crazily talented group offensive players, and a resurgent defense that gets after the quarterback. They’re built for this moment.
It’s not just the team either, it’s the time for the fans. The fans who have poured their time, energy, and money into supporting this franchise. The fans who’ve lived through the hardest of seasons and suffered the burden of watching other homegrown quarterbacks succeed. It’s about time they get to watch their quarterback do the same while they roar from the stands in Arrowhead Stadium.Andy Reid’s Chiefs have played the Patriots four times and in those games they scored 41, 20, 42 and 40 points against the Patriots. Most of those games Alex Smith was the quarterback. Patrick Mahomes was only at the helm for a single game and it was his first loss ever as a member of the Chiefs.
Many would tell you, “Yeah, but Mahomes had 350 yards passing and 4 touchdowns in that game.”You know who doesn’t care about those stats? Mahomes. When he got to Kansas City he had 13-16 record as the starter at Texas Tech. The only priority for Mahomes once he got into the NFL was winning football games. The comeback that he engineered in that Week 6 game against the Patriots, it wasn’t good enough for him because he didn’t get the win.
At the end of the day, Mahomes’ loss to the Patriots will be the biggest motivator coming into this game. Not the stakes or what lies ahead, but the fact that Mahomes wants to win. He wants to be great, and that path to greatness starts with taking out the greatest dynasty in the history of professional football on the way to the Super Bowl.The Chiefs’ defense hasn’t allowed more than 29 points at home in the last two seasons, while their offense has averaged 35.3 points per game this season. I have them allowing 30 in this game because, well, it’s the Patriots in the AFC championship game.
The big question for Kansas City in this game is if it is ready for this big of a stage, especially against a team that has dominated the NFL for the better part of the last two decades. For me it comes down to Andy Reid. You know he desperately wants a Super Bowl title after 20 years as a head coach.
I believe Reid will have his team sharp and focused. This game will be a shootout, but not quite of the magnitude it was in Week 6. I think the K.C. offense makes a couple more big plays than New England and the Chiefs’ defense comes up big when it matters the most.I’m going to keep it real with you, this one is going to be close. There are so many unpredictable variables in this game that it’s hard to pin down which ones will have the greatest effect.In the end, I think this game will come down to clock management – who can keep who off the field for longer? And to me, the Patriots are better at that the the Chiefs. The crowd will be loud, sacks will be made, interceptions thrown, but ultimately an honorable loss for the home team.
This will be a close one. But, the Chiefs will be headed to the Super Bowl at the end of the night. I think the Patriots offense will make it difficult simply because Tom Brady has been there and understands the intensity of the game. Nonetheless, we have Patrick Mahomes.
There’s not much else that can be said about the Chiefs this season that hasn’t been addressed. This team is more than ready, but against the Patriots you can’t be unprepared. Regardless of the outcome of tonight, the Chiefs have solidified their place as one of the best teams in the NFL for years to come.I won’t lie, I’ve been confident about this one all week. I was more worried about the Colts game than I was this one. Previous disappointments led me to believe the Chiefs could repeat history, but I soon realized that this isn’t the same Chiefs team as before. This one is destined to win, with Patrick Mahomes as the chosen one to lead Kansas City to the football mecca.
Yes, the Chiefs lost to New England earlier this season. That matchup was also in New England and Mahomes’ seventh career start. We now have a more polished Mahomes who is ready to take the torch from Tom Brady by force.The K.C. defense is also playing its best football right now. Oh, and did I mention Eric Berry will be playing? Yeah, this defense, playing in front of this Arrowhead crowd, will be ready.