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The KC Star’s Vahe Gregorian joins CineSport’s Noah Coslov to discuss the Chiefs’ mentality heading into Foxborough, to make a prediction and to question whether Rams fans will adopt the Chiefs.
Kansas City Chiefs (12-5) at New England Patriots (12-4)
Kansas City and New England will meet in the postseason for the first time. The Patriots and Chiefs last played in 2014 (September 29) when Kansas City defeated New England 41-14 at Arrowhead Stadium. The last meeting between the two teams at Gillette Stadium was 2011 (November 21) which the Patriots won 34-3.
The Chiefs have won 11 consecutive games, including last week's 30-0 shutout victory at Houston in the Wild Card round. That win marked the third-largest shutout victory by a road team in NFL postseason history. Kansas City started the postseason off with a 106-yard kickoff-return touchdown by KNILE DAVIS, the second-longest kick-return touchdown in NFL playoff history.
"We wanted to come in and dominate," says Chiefs Pro Bowl safety ERIC BERRY. "Right now, we are locked in and ready for next week."
The Patriots, the defending Super Bowl champions, have won seven consecutive AFC East titles and earned a first-round bye for the sixth season in a row. At 12-4, New England became the fifth team in NFL history to post at least 15 consecutive winning seasons and the first to do so since San Francisco (1983-98, 16 seasons).
Quarterback TOM BRADY has 21 career postseason wins, the most in NFL history. Head coach BILL BELICHICK has 22 playoff victories and last year passed Pro Football Hall of Famer TOM LANDRY (20) for the most in league history.
"You've got to play your biggest at the biggest moments against the best teams in the toughest conditions," says Brady. "You've got to see what you're made of. That's what this tournament is all about."