The New England Patriots are taking on the Kansas City Chiefs Sunday night in the AFC championship game.
Well Pats Nation, I’m sure you’ve heard it all by now, ‘Brady’s too old, Gronk isn’t what he used to be, the defense can’t stop anyone.’
Despite the critics, the New England Patriots are playing in their eighth consecutive AFC championship game Sunday against the Kansas City Chiefs.
Though the Pats find themselves in familiar territory with their eighth consecutive AFC championship appearance, there was a sense of uncertainty as New England entered the playoffs.
Many questioned whether the Patriots would make it past the first round against the Los Angeles Chargers, however New England and quarterback Tom Brady did what they do best, prove the non-believers wrong.
The Pats defeated the Chargers 41-28 in Foxborough.
“That was the most negative press I’ve seen about the Patriots in maybe the last decade or so,” said Easthampton resident Amdam Beaulieu. “For what reason it shouldn’t have been there you can’t dount this team, Belichick or Brady when it comes down to it, this team is just better at X’s and O’s than anyone else.”
The Patriots hope for a similar outcome Sunday night as they are considered the “underdogs” in the playoffs for just the second time since 2006.
“The up and down thing is just the way the Pats play. They always step it up in the playoffs late in the season, more of a second-half team,” said Rashad Jenkins of Northampton. “I think they just have so much new talent it took a while to gel together and now they’re doing it.”
Sunday marks the second Pats-Chiefs matchup this season. In week six of the NFL season, the Patriots won by a field goal in Foxborough, 43-40. Many believe Sunday’s game will be a battle of the quarterbacks in a Mahomes vs. Brady matchup.
“This could be a passing of the torch for Patrick Mahomes and become that young quarterback that’s going to solidify himself as the next great quarterback,” said Easthampton resident Andy Colon.
With five Super Bowl wins and a chance to play for a possible sixth, Pats fans told 22News they expect the dynasty to continue.
“Definitely doesn’t get old, I like it and I want it to keep going, let’s keep the ball rolling,” Colon said.
We’ll see if Tom Brady and the rest of the team can keep the dynasty alive Sunday night, the game will kickoff at 6:40 p.m. on CBS.