The Kansas City Chiefs pushed the Patriots to overtime in the AFC Championship game, but a Tom Brady led a 75-yard touchdown drive to seal the win before MVP favorite Patrick Mahomes ever had a chance to touch the ball.
The Chiefs found themselves facing a 14-point deficit at halftime, after the team’s explosive offense was completely shut down by New England. While Brady and the Patriots recorded 16 first downs in the first half, the Chiefs only managed to run 16 total plays on four drives, and had just 32 yards of offense over the first two quarters. During an appearance on The Dan Patrick Show this week, Chiefs TE Travis Kelce said that his team underestimated the Patriots’ physicality.
“We knew what we were going to see. We practiced it all week. It was just they were a little bit more aggressive than we expected, physically. Physically aggressive at the line of scrimmage, grabbing, holding. Getting off of that man coverage took us a little while. At times when we were finally getting off man coverage, Pat was kind of under duress back there.”
Mahomes was sacked three times in the first half, but just once in the second half. The Chiefs scored a touchdown just two minutes into the third quarter and after fighting back from their early hole, eventually took a lead with 2:03 to play in the fourth quarter. The Patriots answered with a TD less than 90-seconds later, but the Chiefs were able to tie the game with a 39-yard field goal in the closing seconds.
“I hate to say it, but we weren’t ready for it. In the second half we… came out firing because we were …. Being that much better next year, being that more aware next year, that’s all I can really focus on right now.”
“I hate to say it, but we weren’t ready for it.”