KANSAS CITY, Mo. — A classic AFC Championship game didn’t go the Kansas City Chiefs way.
A thrilling second-half comeback by the Chiefs was thwarted by the New England Patriots, who will advance to the Super Bowl with a 37-31 win in overtime.
After winning the coin toss in overtime, the Patriots never gave Patrick Mahomes and the Chiefs' offense a chance. Rex Burkhead capped a drive that featured three third-and-10 conversions with a 2-yard touchdown run to give them the victory.
New England squandered a 14-0 halftime lead, and the teams waged a back-and-forth fourth quarter before the Chiefs' Harrison Butker forced overtime with a 39-yard field goal in the closing seconds. The teams combined for 38 points in the fourth quarter.
Tom Brady showcased his mastery once more, though. He twice hit Julian Edelman and once found Rob Gronkowski to convert crucial third downs that set Burkhead up for the winning score.
It was the first ever AFC Championship at Arrowhead Stadium.