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Live blog and highlights from Patriots-Chiefs in the AFC Championship

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Patriots 17, Chiefs 14, 14:51, 4Q: Mahomes picks up 9 yards on the ground, and after a couple short plays, he finds Watkins for 10 yards and then Williams for 33 yards. On 2nd-and-10 from the New England 14-yard line, Mahomes goes to Kelce in the end zone, and Jackson is called for defensive pass interference. So now at the 1-yard line, they pass again, and it’s good! A touchdown to Williams to make it a 3-point game.

Patriots 17, Chiefs 7, 4:02, 3Q: The Patriots pick up some yardage with short plays, including an 11-yard pass to Chris Hogan, but they’re backed up 10 yards when Dorsett is called for offensive pass interference. From the Kansas City 33-yard line, Brady throws a short pass to Hogan for 2 yards, and then they pick up about a yard on a run. So it will be a 48-yard field goal attempt for Gostkowski ... and it’s good. They increase their lead to 10 points.

Patriots 14, Chiefs 7, 7:38, 3Q: New England takes over from their own 25-yard line, and they begin driving. Burkhead gets 6 yards, and they convert a 3rd-and-1, but they go no further, as Michel picks up 4 yards and Brady throws two incomplete passes, prompting a punt. The Chiefs are called for an illegal block on the punt, and begin their drive from their own 4-yard line. After a 10-yard pickup by Williams, Cam Erving is called for a false start. Mahomes then throws incomplete, is sacked for a 3-yard loss, and throws incomplete again! The Patriots get the ball back at ... the Kansas City 37-yard line, already on the edge of field goal range. That’s gotta hurt.

Patriots 14, Chiefs 7, 12:56, 3Q: The Chiefs take over from their own 26-yard line to start the second half. Mahomes goes to Williams for 5 yards, then Williams picks up 3 yards. On 3rd-and-2, Mahomes goes deep to Sammy Watkins, hitting him on a 54-yard pass. On the next play, Mahomes hits Kelce in the end zone for a 12-yard touchdown, and the Chiefs are on the board!

Patriots 14, Chiefs 0, END 2Q: The Patriots take over from their own 10-yard line, and pick up a first down with two Michel runs for 11 yards total, sending us to the two-minute warning. Michel picks up 1 yard, then 5 more, setting up a 3rd-and-4, and the Chiefs take their first timeout. On third down, Brady hits White for 5 yards and a first. Then he goes to White again, and it’s a 30-yard reception. Then White picks up 9 yards as the Patriots burn two timeouts. Then Brady goes deep to Dorsett for 29 yards and a touchdown! The extra point is good and New England leads, 14-0.

Gostkowski’s kickoff isn’t a good one, and the Chiefs take over on their own 42-yard line with 27 seconds to go. But instead of doing something big and trying to get a field goal out of it, Mahomes is sacked for a loss of 14 yards. Again. Ouch!

Patriots 7, Chiefs 0, 3:08, 2Q: Chiefs take over from their own 15-yard line, and pick up short gains of 6, 2 and 12 yards before Mahomes goes deep to Tyreek Hill. It’s a 42-yard reception, and puts them in New England territory. Mahomes throws incomplete, Williams picks up a yard and then Trey Flowers comes through with a 14-yard sack of Mahomes, the second such sack thus far. That pushes them just outside their comfortable field goal range, so they punt it.

Patriots 7, Chiefs 0, 7:39, 2Q: After the pick, the Chiefs ... cannot get anything done. Mahomes throws incomplete to Travis Kelce, then targets him again for a 9-yard gain. On 3rd-and-1, Williams goes for no gain and Colquitt has to punt it away. Patriots will take over at their own 26-yard line. They get an early 3rd-and-7, and convert it when Brady hits White for 9 yards. He then goes to Gronkowski for another 9 yards. After the next first down, Brady throws incomplete and Michel can only pick up 9 yards, so the Patriots punt it.

Patriots 7, Chiefs 0, 13:37, 2Q: The Patriots are driving, they’re right at the goal line. 1st-and-5 from the Kansas City 5-yard line. Michel picks up 4 yards, then is stopped for no gain. On 3rd-and-1, Brady throws to Gronkowski, but it’s intercepted by Reggie Ragland, who kneels it for a touchback! Chiefs catch a big break!

Patriots 7, Chiefs 0, END 1Q: The Patriots face an early third down after the punt, but they pick up the 4 yards they needed on a White run. Brady finds Cordarrelle Patterson for a 15-yard pickup. Michel picks up 4 yards twice, and then Brayd hits Edelmen for 5 yards and another first down, which sends us to the second quarter.

Patriots 7, Chiefs 0, 4:33, Q1: Kansas City gets the ball from their own 16-yard line, and they get some good yardage off the bat with Damien Williams. They get a first down when the Patriots are called for defensive holding, and then things went bad. Patrick Mahomes throws incomplete deep, incomplete short, and then is sacked for a loss of 14 yards by Kyle Van Noy. Dustin Colquitt punts it and the Patriots have great starting field position.

Patriots 7, Chiefs 0, 6:55, 1Q: The Patriots receive the ball first, and they immediately break out with an 11-yard run from Sony Michel. He then has a short gain, and Tom Brady hits Rob Gronkowski for a 13-yard gain and a new set of downs. Two short plays later, and the Patriots have a 3rd-and-4, which they convert when James White picks up 5 yards on a rush. Two more short plays, and the Patriots face a 3rd-and-1. They convert it with another White run. On a 3rd-and-7, Brady finds Edelman for 14 yards, then Michel picks up another 11 yards on the ground. Michel goes for 4 yards, and they’re at the 1-yard line, 2nd-and-goal. Michel punches it in and the Patriots have an early 7-0 lead!

6:40 p.m.: We’ve got the Patriots and Chiefs in the AFC Championship, to see who will go on and face the Rams in the Super Bowl. We’ll have a running live blog of the action, including highlights, top plays and more. Below, you can find all the viewing information and everything else you need to watch the game. Kickoff is set for shortly after 6:40 p.m.!

The AFC Championship is the second of two conference title games on Sunday, and it features the top-seeded Kansas City Chiefs playing host to the second-seeded New England Patriots to determine who will represent the AFC in the Super Bowl. The game is set for 6:40 p.m. ET and will be broadcast by CBS (live streaming via FuboTV, CBS All-Access).

When these two teams met in the regular season, it was as close as it can get. A total of 30 points were scored in the fourth quarter alone, but the Patriots made out with a 43-40 victory, despite four touchdowns from Patrick Mahomes. Tom Brady only tossed one touchdown, but didn’t throw an interception while Mahomes was picked off twice.

It was a very evenly-matched game, but New England’s superior defense made just enough stops (it wasn’t a great day for them by any means) to let the Patriots sneak through with a win.

Both teams had bye weeks in the wild card round of the playoffs, and both teams made it through their divisional round games much easier than their NFC counterparts (the Rams and Saints) were able to do. While those NFC games were close, the Patriots walked through the Chargers, winning 41-28, and the Chiefs made short work of Andrew Luck and the Colts, winning 31-13.

Below is all you need to know to watch the action on Sunday.

Time, TV, and streaming info

  • Time: 6:40 p.m. ET
  • Location: Arrowhead Stadium, Kansas City, Mo.
  • TV: CBS
  • Streaming: FuboTV, CBS All-Access
  • Odds: The Chiefs opened as 3.5-point favorites, making the Patriots a rare underdog, per OddsShark.

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Patriots vs. Chiefs prediction

Of the six SB Nation NFL experts picking the conference championships, five of them think the Chiefs will win, leaving just one picking the Patriots. The OddsShark computer picked Kansas City, while the coin flip landed on New England.

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