Patriots win AFC Championship, beat Chiefs 37-31

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KANSAS CITY, Mo.–  Standing in the way of another New England Patriots’ Super Bowl appearance are the top seed Kansas City Chiefs.

FINAL SCORE: New England Patriots 37, Kansas City Chiefs 31

An on-the-road win for the Patriots Sunday night would send the team to its fourth Super Bowl in the last five years. A win for the Chiefs, on the other hand, would end the team’s 49-year stint without a trip to the Big Game.

Earlier in the regular season, the Patriots beat the 5-0 Chiefs at home 43-40, but it doesn’t mean they’re counting them out.

“They’re the No. 1 seed,” Tom Brady said during a news conference Friday. “They’ve played really well against a lot of good teams. They’ve been in all these games. Even the games they’ve lost, they’ve been into them right to the end.”

Chiefs’ 23-year-old quarterback Patrick Mahomes threw 50 touchdowns in the regular season, joining Brady and Peyton Manning as the only quarterbacks with 50+ passing touchdowns in a single season.

Patriots cornerback Jason McCourty said he thinks the defense is well prepared.

“I feel like we’ve gotten the best look that we possibly can throughout the course of this week of our guys mimicking Tyreek Hill, [Travis] Kelce and that goes all around – [Patrick] Mahomes, the whole crew,” McCourty said.

Sunday marks the eighth consecutive year the Patriots have played in the AFC title game. Will you be there? Let us know by emailing ReportIt@wwlp.com.

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We’ll see. It’ll be fun.#NEvsKC | Sunday – 6:40 ET | @NFLonCBS | @985TheSportsHub pic.twitter.com/QU44tVZ3k1

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