The final slot of the AFC playoffs has been settled.
The New England Patriots trounced the Los Angeles Chargers 41-28, and will travel to Arrowhead Stadium on Sunday to face the Kansas City Chiefs in the AFC Championship game. Kickoff is set for 5:40 pm Arrowhead Time.
The Patriots ran out to the 35-7 halftime lead and never looked back, putting intense pressure on Chargers quarterback Philip Rivers.
Finishing the regular season 11-5, the Patriots were undefeated at Gillette Stadium — including a 43-40 victory over the Chiefs in Week 6 — but were 3-5 on the road.
The Chiefs are 2-2 against the Patriots since Andy Reid arrived in Kansas City. The last time the Patriots played in Arrowhead was in Week 4 of 2014, when the Chiefs shocked the Patriots with a 42-14 defeat. The Patriots went on the win the Super Bowl that season.
Our foes at Pats Pulpit noted that the Patriots are opening as three-point underdogs against the Chiefs:
PATS PULPIT: This is the first time that Tom Brady has been considered an underdog in 67 games, per BetDSI’s release, with the last time being a 2-point underdog for a week 2 road game against the Buffalo Bills in 2015. The Patriots won that game 40-32. The Patriots were also an underdog in the season opener of 2016 when Brady was suspended, but they defeated the Arizona Cardinals 23-21.
This game should be good.