New England Patriots

KANSAS CITY, MISSOURI – JANUARY 20: The New England Patriots celebrate in the locker room after defeating the Kansas City Chiefs during the AFC Championship Game at Arrowhead Stadium on January 20, 2019 in Kansas City, Missouri. The New England Patriots defeated the Kansas City Chiefs 37-31. (Photo by Jamie Squire/Getty Images)

By Tony Massarotti, 98.5 The Sports Hub

Some games are worth reliving. This was one of them.

The AFC Championship Game between the Patriots and Chiefs, by the numbers:


Career postseason, fourth-quarter comeback victories for Tom Brady in the postseason, including Sunday’s win over the Chiefs. Five of those have come in the last five seasons, including two in the Super Bowl (Seattle and Atlanta) and two in the AFC Championship Game (Jacksonville and KC).


Brady’s completion percentage on third down in the fourth-quarter and overtime against the Chiefs. He went 5-for-5 for 86 yards. For the game, he was 9-for-11 for 119 yards on third down, though he did throw an interception in the end zone at the start of the second quarter.


Surprisingly, Brady’s passer rating in the fourth quarter and overtime during Sunday’s game. As good as he was on third down … he had to be. On the remaining plays, he was just 9-of-18 for 91 yards and one interception.


Plays run by the Patriots in this game, compared to just 47 for the Chiefs. (Yes, you read that correctly.) In the two games between the teams this year, the Patriots ran a total of 169 plays while the Chiefs ran 100. New England dominated the time of possession between the teams, 80 minutes to 45.


Total points scored by the Chiefs in the second halves of the two games between the teams this season – and in just 22 minutes of possession. Despite the lopsided number of offensive plays and time of possession, Kansas City scored 31 points in 10 second-half minutes during the regular season and another 31 points in 12 second-half minutes on Sunday. That is the definition of an explosive offense.


Offensive snaps for running back Sony Michel, just 35 percent of the Patriots’ total. If that doesn’t sound like much, consider this: on those 34 snaps, Michel had 29 rushes – which means the Patriots handed it off to him a stunning 85.3 percent of the time he was in the game. Somewhat incredibly, Michel still ran for 113 yards and 3.9 yards per rush, which is a testament to the Patriots’ offensive line.


Combined, penalties incurred and sacks allowed by the aforementioned Patriots offensive line against the Chiefs. In two postseason games thus far, the offensive line has allowed zero sacks and committed just one penalty – a holding call late in the fourth quarter of the blowout win over San Diego in the divisional round.


Of Patriots’ running back James White’s 10 touches, the number that resulted in a first down, five of which came on third down. For the postseason, White leads all players with 19 receptions and has totaled eight first downs. (Julian Edelman leads all players in receptions resulting in a first down with 14.)


Completion percentage allowed by the Patriots defense during the first two games of the postseason, the best number among all NFL defenses so far during these playoffs. So far, the Pats’ defensive numbers have been extreme – they’ve also allowed the most average points per game of any playoff team and the third-highest passer rating while totaling six sacks, third-best.


Combined, percentage of red-zone possessions resulting in a touchdown in the AFC Championship. While the Patriots went 4-for-5, the Chiefs went 3-for-3, a fact that demonstrates the efficiency of both teams. The lone red-zone possession that failed to produce a touchdown was Brady’s second-quarter interception in the end zone.

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