New England Patriots advance to their 9th Super Bowl in the 21st Century


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This was one of the best Championship Weekends in recent history for the NFL. An unbelievable game took place at Arrowhead Stadium in the freezing cold temperatures of mid-January.

Chiefs fans were reaching decibel levels not possible in any other stadium. The breath of the players was visible and misting across the stadium. And the veteran, Tom Brady, went toe-to-toe for the second time this season against the presumable MVP, Patrick Mahomes

It started the same as last week. New England received the ball first and took up over half of the first quarter to score their first TD of the game. A response from Kansas City was not given until the first drive of the 3rd quarter as New England held the high flying Chiefs offense to a goose egg in the first half.

Everyone knew that would not last and that is where Mahomes found Travis Kelce for a 12-yard touchdown. Although Kansas City found their groove in the 3rd quarter, it took until the 4th quarter for them to have their first lead which, of course, did not last very long. 

It was a back and forth end to the game where 31 points were scored in the 4th quarter alone, which is the most in the 4th quarter of any postseason game. Harrison Butker with just 11 seconds left made a game-tieing field goal to send the already incredible game into overtime. This marked the first time in postseason history where both Championship games went into overtime. 

Both teams met at mid-field. Matthew Slater, Patriots special teamer and team captain, calls heads. Head official Clete Blakeman flips the coin. It lands heads and the entire air was sucked out of Arrowhead Stadium. 

Chiefs faithful quickly realized that anything can happen and rose to their feet once more to cheer on their team for what could be the last game of the season. There were multiple opportunities for Kansas City to stop Brady and the offense and make them punt but Tom continued to show why he is the best. Edelman came up big. Gronkowski came up big. Kansas City came up short. rex Burkhead finishes the game with a two-yard touchdown to send the team to Atlanta for their third straight Super Bowl. 

Patrick Mahomes once again showed his brilliance and ability to make plays but still could not lead his team to victory. He left a touchdown on the field with a misfire to a wide open Damien Williams and then took a sack to put the team out of field goal range. 

On the other side, the gameplan for New England was executed to perfection throughout most of the game. The defense kept Mahomes in the pocket for most of the game while limiting the opportunities for key guys on their offense, like Tyreek Hill and Travis Kelce. Both combined for just four touches in the entire game. 

Kyle Van Noy showed how good he actually is with 10 total tackles, two sacks, and one forced fumble. Rob Gronkowski showed he can still step up in big moments. Julian Edelman scared everyone in New England but won them back by being the leading receiver. And finally, Tom Brady lead his team to their ninth Super Bowl appearance since 2000. 

The New England Patriots will play the Los Angeles Rams at Mercedes-Benz Stadium in Atlanta for the chance to hoist the Lombardi Trophy in Super Bowl LIII.  

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