The AFC Championship game will be played on fresh ground this Sunday.
In a tweet from Chiefs head groundskeeper Travis Hogan, the stadium was completely resodded this week.
We weren’t planning on a resod this week, but Mother Nature had other plans. 10 inches of snow and all the snow in the stadium being hauled out on the sidelines changed things. My crew did an unbelievable job. They are the BEST! Everyone is tired but we are ready. Let’s Roll! pic.twitter.com/uoRZOAcEst— Travis Hogan (@Twillhog75) January 18, 2019
Former Patriots linebacker Jerod Mayo came out earlier this week warning of Arrowhead Stadium's conditions, but that should no longer be an issue.
Jerod Mayo doesn’t have fond memories of the turf in KC https://t.co/j887W0rq0v— ProFootballTalk (@ProFootballTalk) January 16, 2019
Kansas City is no longer expecting an arctic blast for this weekend's conference title game, but it should still be plenty cold.
Sunday's matchup will be a fun one when the Chiefs and Pats see each other again after a wild shootout back in Week 6. The Patriots had some success when going to man coverage against Patrick Mahomes and the KC offense, intercepting the young QB twice, but Mahomes tore up them up in zone coverage, completing 13-of-15 passes for 200 yards and recording a perfect passer rating.
A big question for the Chiefs will be if can they cover long enough for their pass rushers to get home. Kansas City has very good edge rushers in Justin Houston and Dee Ford and can get tremendous pressure up the middle as well with Pro Bowl DT Chris Jones.
Hopefully the resod helps those guys get their footing in order to make plays.