Patriots 37, Kansas City Chiefs 31
KANSAS CITY – The New England Patriots defeated the Kansas City Chiefs in overtime to reach the Super Bowl for the third consecutive season, the ninth Super Bowl appearance for the Patriots overall.
New England’s defense sacked Kansas City Chiefs QB Patrick Mahomes three times and held the high-scoring Chiefs offense scoreless in the first half while New England QB Tom Brady connected with Phillip Dorsett for a 29-yard TD pass and Patriots RB Sony Michel scored on a one-yard run to provide for the 14-0 advantage at halftime of the AFC Championship game.
Mahomes countered early in the third quarter by orchestrating a four-play, 74-yard drive that ended with a 12-yard TD pass to TE Travis Kelce to cut the New England lead in half, 14-7.
The Patriots countered with a 47-yard Stephen Gostkowski field goal with 4:07 left in the third quarter to take a 10-point lead, 17-7, going into the 4th quarter.
Mahomes hit RB Damien Williams for a one-yard TD pass to culminate a nine-play, 75-yard drive which cut New England’s lead to three points with 14:51 left in the 4th quarter.
Kansas City took the lead for the first time in the AFC Championship game when Williams scored for the second time in the half, scampering in on a 23-yard pass play to give the Chiefs a 21-17 lead with 7:45 remaining.
The lead changed again when Sony Michel scored on a 10-yard run to cap a 10-play, 75-yard drive to make it 24-21 New England with 4:13 left. But Damien Williams scored for the third time when he ran in for a two-yard rush to give KC a 28-24 lead with 1:29 left.
Brady orchestrated a quick, six-play, 75 yard drive to give New England a 31-28 lead with :39 seconds remaining. Brady connected with Rob Gronkowski for the key play, a 25-yard pass play that set-up RB Rex Burkhead for a four-yard TD plunge.
Kansas City did not cave under pressure.
Mahomes drove the Chiefs 48-yards in four plays to set-up a Harrison Butker 38-yard FG to tie the game at 31-all and force overtime. It marked the first time both the NFC Championship and AFC Championship each went to overtime on the same day.
In overtime, after New England won the coin-toss, Brady drove the Patriots 75 yards in 13 plays which ended the game when Burkhead scored from two yards out to send the Patriots to Super Bowl LIII vs. the LA Rams.