The Kansas City Chiefs travel to Foxboro, Massachusetts to meet the New England Patriots in a critical late-season game has postseason implications for both teams. Kickoff is set for 3:25 p.m. Arrowhead Time. The game will be carried by CBS — locally on KCTV.
With a win against the Patriots — and a Tennessee Titans victory against the Oakland Raiders — the 8-4 Chiefs will clinch their fourth consecutive AFC West championship — along with at least one home game in the playoffs.
With a win against the Chiefs, the 10-2 Patriots will clinch a postseason berth. With a loss, the Patriots can still make the playoffs with Week 14 losses by the Titans, Houston Texans or Pittsburgh Steelers. There is no path for the Patriots to clinch the AFC East until Week 15.
Second-year starter (and current NFL MVP) Patrick Mahomes will be playing in his fourth game since returning from a dislocated kneecap he suffered against the Denver Broncos in Week 7. Currently ranked fifth in passer rating, Mahomes trails only Baltimore Ravens quarterback Lamar Jackson in ESPN’s QBR rating. He leads the league in sacks allowed, net passing yards per attempt and adjusted net passing yards per attempt — and is ranked second in interception percentage and yards per reception.
Now in his 20th season, certain Hall of Fame quarterback (and three-time NFL MVP) Tom Brady continues to lead the Patriots in their quest for a seventh Super Bowl championship. But Brady has had much better seasons. His passer rating is lower than any season since 2013 — and his QBR and touchdown percentage are at career lows. But thanks to the very good defense the Patriots have played in 2019, what Brady has been able to do has been enough.
Chiefs head coach Andy Reid and Patriots head coach Bill Belichick have both been head coaches in the league for more than two decades but have never served on the same NFL staff. Their teams have met 10 times. Belichick holds a 4-2 record against Reid in the regular season and 4-0 in the postseason — including a 24-21 win against the Philadelphia Eagles in Super Bowl XXXIX and last season’s 37-31 victory over the Chiefs in the AFC Championship.
Nuts and bolts
Location: Gillette Stadium, Foxboro, Massachusetts
Playing surface: FieldTurf artificial turf
Game time: 3:25 p.m. Arrowhead Time, Sunday, December 8, 2019
Matchup history: Chiefs 18-14-3 (regular season)
Odds: Patriots -3
Officials: Referee Jerome Boger (23), umpire Carl Paganelli (124), down judge Patrick Holt (106), line judge Rusty Baynes (59), field judge David Meslow (118), side judge Jonah Monroe (120), back judge Tony Steratore (112), replay official Roddy Ames and replay assistant Ross Smith.
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Online Stream: Fubo.TV
Chiefs Spanish radio broadcast: with Enrique Morales, Oscar Monterroso and Hannah Bassham on La Mega 100.5 FM and 1160 AM (Tico Sports)
Patriots radio broadcast: with Bob Socci and Scott Zolak on WBZ (98.5 FM-Boston) and Patriots Radio Network affiliates
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