AFC Championship Game Predictions
New England Patriots @ Kansas City Chiefs : AFC Championship Game
The two most explosive offenses in the AFC playoffs this year made their way to the title match with a ticket to the big dance on the line.
I am so excited for this game, especially given the way the two AFC games last week went. This game has shootout written all over it.
On one side is Tom Brady, the most decorated QB in the history of the game, coached by the greatest coach of his era, Bill Belichick. With plenty of receiving threats like Julian Edelman and Rob Gronkowski, stopping this attack will prove to be one of the toughest challenges the Chiefs have faced all year. Playoff Patriots are scary.
For the other side, the gunslinger Patrick Mahomes has shocked the league with his cannon of an arm, quick reflexes, and his Aaron Rodgers-esque ability to extend plays.
Mahomes has lit up the league and posted astonishing record-breaking numbers, and it seems he just cannot be stopped. With his dangerous combination of weapons like the speedster Tyreek Hill and the all-star tight end Travis Kelce at his disposal, I have no doubt Andy Reid’s squad will have no issues marching down the field and putting up big numbers.
This one is tough to pick a winner in, but when its all said and done I expect Kansas City to beat the “underdog” Patriots, and head to Super Bowl 53.
Chiefs 43, Patriots 38
The Kansas City Chiefs square off against the New England Patriots on Saturday. Two high-powered offensive teams will go head-to-head in the AFC Championship Game.
On one side is Patrick Mahomes. On the other, Tom Brady. Those two players alone have the ability to make this game into a shootout.
Kansas City has quite a few players on the injury report, most notably Tyreek Hill with a thigh/heel injury. He is has practiced this week so it should not keep him out of the game. The only player that does not have a “FP” (full practice) designation is linebacker Dorian O’Daniel.
For the Patriots, their injury report is clean.
I strongly believe that if the Chiefs continue to do what they have done all this year, they have a great shot at beating the Patriots.
Now, here’s the tough thing for Kansas City: Tom Brady. The Chiefs defense is not very good. Tom Brady is great. So this game will have to fall into the hands of Mahomes.
And it will. I think the Chiefs will represent the AFC in the Super Bowl this year.
Chiefs 45, Patriots 42
Patriots vs Chiefs
The Chiefs will host their first ever AFC Championship at Arrowhead Stadium, while the Patriots are about to embark on their 8th straight appearance in the big game. The Patriots don’t play on the road in the playoffs that often, but when they do, the key is to apply massive pressure on Tom Brady (as the 2015 Broncos proved the last time the Patriots went on the road).
The Chiefs will have to do the same. Look for Dee Ford to have a big game.
While the Patriots defense has improved this year, Patrick Mahomes and the Chiefs offense will still get on the board first to make it 7-0. The Patriots will respond with a field goal to make it 7-3.
The massive Kansas City pressure will finally pay off for them. They will force two straight interceptions on two straight New England drives. After two more touchdowns, the Chiefs will be up 21-3. The Patriots will kick another field goal to make it 21-6 at halftime.
As expected by many, New England will come surging back. A quick strike to Gronk will make it 21-13. After a couple of Kansas City field goals and one more touchdown by the Patriots, the score will be 27-20 going into the 4th quarter.
The 4th quarter will turn into a track meet (very similar to the 4th quarter in the week six matchup in New England).
Mahomes will connect with Tyreek Hill (look for Hill to have a massive game). Tom Brady will respond with a touchdown pass to James White. After a couple more touchdowns, the score will be Chiefs 41 Patriots 34. New England will have the ball with 1:54 left in the game. Julian Edelman will be the go-to guy on this drive, catching two first down passes.
However, on 4th & 7 on the Chief38-yard line, the pass will be deflected. The Chiefs will go to their first Super Bowl in 50 years.
Chiefs 41 Patriots 34