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Kansas City Chiefs WR Jeremy Maclin day to day with sprained ankle | ESPN

Maclin suffered the injury during the third quarter and left on a cart in tears. The Chiefs initially feared that Maclin had hurt his knee ligament, which he has had surgically repaired twice. That it was an ankle injury provides some hope he'll play again in the playoffs.

Chiefs are worst possible opponent for Patriots | Boston Globe

The Patriots learned late Saturday night who their opponent would be in Divisional round playoff matchup at Gillette Stadium Saturday. To paraphrase Indiana Jones, "Why'd it have to be Kansas City?"

Of the three teams that could have earned the right to face the Patriots in the second round of the playoffs — Chiefs, Bengals, Texans — the Chiefs are the one team that should make Patriots fans the most nervous.

2014 loss to Chiefs a concern for Patriots | Boston Herald

"We’ll definitely look at that game. It was a pretty dominant performance by Kansas City, so I’m sure that there are things from that game that they may try do or that they may feel like they can still do or want to do that they did in that game," Belichick said yesterday. "We’ll definitely have to take that into consideration."

Guregian: Chiefs will be trouble if right Pats don't show up | Boston Herald

Is it a good matchup for the Patriots? Probably not as good as those out-of-control Bengals, who keep finding ways to lose. This was the worst of the three possible teams for the Pats to draw in the division round. But let’s not get too carried away. Sure, the Chiefs crushed the Texans, but Houston quarterback Brian Hoyer didn’t exactly put up a fight. With five turnovers (four picks, one fumble), Hoyer was a major contributor to the Chiefs’ advancing.

Reid Excited to Play the Patriots this Weekend |

Chiefs Celebrate First Playoff Win in 22 Years |

Patriots Injury Update: WR Julian Edelman, OL Sebastian Vollmer, LB Dont'a Hightower Cleared to Play | Pats Pulpit

The New England Patriots were missing four key starters against the Miami Dolphins in week 17, not including players who fought through injuries to be on the field. Three of them have been cleared to return. Wide receiver Julian Edelman, offensive tackle Sebastian Vollmer, and linebacker Dont'a Hightower have been cleared to play against the Chiefs.

Perseverance pays off with playoff win for Chiefs’ veterans | The Kansas City Star

But on this day, in this moment, the stage was all Houston’s ― and he was particularly animated, as he paced and screamed and pumped his fists to fire up the 40-plus men that suddenly surrounded him. "He’s been fired up this whole past week, we’ve been trying to tell him to settle down because he was about to blow a gasket," inside linebacker Derrick Johnson said with a laugh. "He’s been out for five weeks, so he’s been like a lion in the cage, ready to go."

Chiefs’ Andy Reid supports Doug Pederson for Eagles’ job | The Kansas City Star

So when asked on Sunday how he felt about his offensive coordinator Doug Pederson interviewing for the Eagles head-coaching job on Sunday, Reid supported his man. "I think it’s great, man," Reid said. "He has an opportunity, and it’s a compliment to the hard work that he’s put in, and he’s done a nice job. He’s ready to do that, and if he has the opportunity, more power to him."

Chiefs will lose more than top receiver if Jeremy Maclin can't play | ESPN

"It’s not just his physical talents,’’ quarterback Alex Smith said after Saturday’s 30-0 wild-card playoff victory over the Houston Texans. "He rubs off on everybody, the competitor that he is, what he brings on game day, that energy. I think everybody kind of feeds off that. "Certainly, playing without him is tough. He brings a lot."

Scouting Report: Kansas City Chiefs' Offense | Pats Pulpit

Head coach Andy Reid, a distant disciple of Bill Walsh’s coaching tree, has crafted an offense in Kansas City that blends the philosophies of the legendary coach’s West Coast offense with spread principles. Though Walsh’s system is famous for using the pass as a substitute for the run, the Chiefs are a run-first team, often employing different one-receiver personnel packages on early downs. Though the offense itself is fairly conservative, Reid does a great job of maximizing the strengths of his personnel. One of the most prominent examples being the use of motion and compressed formations to give receivers free releases, as Jeremy Maclin is the only wide receiver on the roster capable of creating consistent separation against tight coverage.

NFL Playoffs: Why New England Patriots will beat Kansas City Chiefs | ESPN

The Chiefs finished second in the NFL in turnover differential, at plus-14 (29 takeaways, 15 giveaways), which is a big part of their winning formula. That trend continued in the wild-card round of the playoffs. Kansas City's 29 takeaways were the fifth most in the NFL in the regular season, but this will be a case of iron on iron, as the Patriots had a league-low 14 giveaways all year. No team protects the football better than New England.

Why the Kansas City Chiefs can beat the New England Patriots | ESPN

The Chiefs are a confident bunch when they go on the road -- and for good reason. They've won seven of the 10 games they've played outside of Kansas City this season. They've played six of those 10 games against teams that made the playoffs. The Chiefs have been a better team on the road than at home this season by many statistical measures as well. Whatever distractions that tend to trip up most road teams don't seem to have an effect on the Chiefs.

Patriots’ Bill Belichick can’t find many weaknesses in Chiefs’ game | The Kansas City Star

It doesn’t happen very often, but New England Patriots coach Bill Belichick was stumped. He spent Sunday morning poring through video from Chiefs games but couldn’t come up with many answers on how to beat Kansas City in Saturday’s AFC Divisional Playoff game. After all, no one else found a solution either during the Chiefs’ 11-game winning streak. "The fact they haven’t lost in so long, it’s not like you can go to a game and say, ‘Here’s how this team has defeated them,’ " Belichick said during a teleconference on Sunday afternoon. "That just doesn’t exist.

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