There's something about the postseason that boosts the Patriots into a different gear.
It happens every single year. People will panic about New England losing to some non-playoff team while they take care of business against the real threats to the crown. Then, they have a bye week each year for the last billion seasons and head to the AFC Championship without a sweat. This year was no different.
New England has kicked their playoff readiness into a different gear heading into their matchup against Kansas City, as not a single player can be found on the injury report.
zero players on the injury report for the @Patriots today. Full participation at practice heading into the AFC Championship game .— Meredith Gorman (@MereGorman) January 17, 2019
Talk about getting healthy at the right time.
With the way Bill Belichick tends to use the injury report, this is the biggest jaw-dropping stat to come from New England of all time. Not a single defender in a unit that has been known to have some holes to fill? Tom Brady, who has been questionable since he was born, is finally not dealing with an MCL injury? Nothing is wrong with Gronk AT ALL?
The Chiefs are pretty close to the Patriots at this point, which makes this must-watch game even more enticing.
.@patriots And #Chiefs Thursday Injury and practice report. #Patriots are completely healthy as Deatrich Wise removed from report. KC has just one player out and S Eric Berry was a full participant. #WBZ @WBZ pic.twitter.com/Q8Yb6zTgTG— Dan Roche (@RochieWBZ) January 17, 2019
It's a good thing New England is as healthy as can be. Going against the league's most explosive offense is hard enough, let alone on the road.
The Patriots are rarely underdogs, but a completely healthy squad makes this smell more and more like an upset.