Foxborough, MA - Need I say more? The New England Patriots have just clinched a berth in their third consecutive Super Bowl. It will be the ninth Super Bowl that the Patriots have played in since Tom Brady took over the team. And they did it in classic, epic fashion. Brady is forty-one years old and he still looks unflappable. I don't even know what to write here. It's just the most incredible feat I've ever seen in sports, even more than Michael Phelps' dominant run at the 2008 Summer Olympics. The New England Patriots might just be the greatest dynasty ever.
But let's focus on the game, which will go down as one of the most epic AFC Championship games in the history of the sport. It started out with the Patriots in complete control of everything as they went into halftime leading the Kansas City Chiefs by a score of 14-0 off of a rushing touchdown from Sony Michel and a receiving touchdown by Philip Dorsett.
But the game ratcheted up the tension in the second half as a Travis Kelce touchdown reception and a Stephen Gostkowski field goal led the score to 17-7 going into the fourth quarter where the defenses collapsed and the scoring exploded after a couple controversial calls were reviewed in the booth and just about split the difference between the breaks for both teams.
Two Damien Williams touchdowns gave the Chiefs a 21-17 lead before Michel scored again with three and a half minutes left in the game. It was too much time to allow the Chiefs as they stormed down the field and reclaimed the lead at 28-24 after another Williams score. But this proved to be too much time for Brady and the Patriots as they matched the Chiefs with a dominant drive that culminated in a Rex Burkhead touchdown to give New England a 31-28 lead. With thirty-nine seconds left, the Chiefs were still able to come back and even the score on a Harrison Butker field goal, 31-31, and send the game into overtime.
Overtime was decided quickly, though, as New England won the coin toss, converted three long third downs on the backs of key veterans in clutch moments like Rob Gronkowski and Julian Edelman, and gave the ball to Burkhead where he rushed into the end zone and gave the Patriots the 37-31 victory!
It was an epic back and forth game that saw Brady reclaim his status as the game's top dog over Kansas City's Patrick Mahomes that stressed out fans throughout New England. We'll get to see the greatest quarterback of all-time in action again two weeks from now when the Patriots take on the Los Angeles Rams in Super Bowl LIII!