The latest forecasts are predicting extreme temperatures in Kansas City on Sunday, with many reports suggesting that the AFC Championship game will likely be played in below-zero temperatures. Tom Brady and the Patriots are coming to town, visiting the top seeding Chiefs, with a trip to the Super Bowl rewarded to the winner.
Mahomes and the Chiefs reached the AFC Championship by beating the Colts last week by a score of 31-13. Kansas City diverted from the aerial attack against the Colts, and had a much more balanced offense. The game against Indy represented only the second time all year that Mahomes didn’t throw a touchdown, and the first time since week 5 against Jacksonville. Running back Damien Williams had an efficient 25 carries for 129 yards and 1 TD. The run game allowed Kansas City to dictate the tempo of the game, making it difficult for Andrew Luck and the Colts to get into their own rhythm. The Kansas City defense, which has been shaky at times during the regular season, was able to force two turnovers and limit Indy to just one touchdown and 14 points overall. This was 12 points better than the 26 points they gave up on average during the regular season. They will have a much steeper task this week, when Brady and Co. visit KC.
Tom Brady and the Pats made easy work of the LA Chargers in their AFC Divisional round playoff game. Brady finds himself in yet another AFC Championship game, the eighth in a row for New England. Brady compiled another 4,355 yards and 29 TDs for New England this year, and seems to never fade, on the brink of qualifying for a third straight Super Bowl appearance.
Despite the high level quarterback play at display, the weather may dictate this game more than the players. If the forecasts for Sunday are semi-accurate, the game will be played at zero degrees or colder, making an aerial attack more difficult. Defenses typically have an advantage in extreme cold games, with the team who creates the most turnovers usually being the team who wins.