Super again: Patriots win AFC title in ot thriller for vanguard sports .
Tom Brady does it again, his clutch play beats Chiefs and puts Patriots into Super Bowl LIII , You wouldn’t think Tom Brady could add much to a resume that was already the greatest in NFL history. But on Sunday, he did.
In an amazing game that will go down as one of the greatest in NFL history, the Chiefs and Patriots traded late scores and drama, sending the AFC championship game to overtime. It was the second overtime game in AFC championship history, and the second of NFL conference championship Sunday.
That seemed like a perfect setting for Brady. Brady made three enormous third-down passes to keep the first drive of overtime alive, and Rex Burkhead’s 2-yard touchdown run ended a 37-31 win.
Brady had two all-time clutch drives, one to give the Patriots a lead late in regulation and another in overtime to put the Patriots into Super Bowl LIII against the Los Angeles Rams.
Brady and Patrick Mahomes traded huge drives throughout the fourth quarter and then overtime. There were three scores in the last 2:03, and two in the last 39 seconds of regulation. Then on the first possession of overtime, Brady made a huge 20-yard throw to Julian Edelman on third-and-10,
Brady hit Rob Gronkowski for 15 yards on a slant route. That set up Burkhead’s game-winning touchdown.
Brady and Belichick, amazingly, are going to their ninth Super Bowl together, chasing their sixth ring. They needed every bit of experience, talent and guile to pull out this AFC championship.
The first half was all Patriots. Using the ground game and short passes — where have we seen that before from the Patriots? — New England controlled the flow of the game. Sony Michel scored on a 1-yard touchdown to give the Patriots an early lead. Brady’s 29-yard touchdown pass to Phillip Dorsett late in the first half gave the Patriots a 14-0 halftime lead.