The 'underdog' New England Patriots are heading to Super Bowl LIII, after defeating the Kansas City Chiefs 37-31 in overtime. Tied at 31-31, the Patriots won the coin toss and elected to take the ball. Quarterback Tom Brady would throw precise strikes to Julian Edelman and Rob Gronkowski to set them all the way up in scoring range. Rex Burkhead would rush it up the middle to give New England their third straight AFC Championship win.
The first half of the game was all New England, which was encapsulated on their very first drive. New England killed almost 10 minutes off the clock to put the first points on the board.
Kansas City did not look like themselves. Patrick Mahomes was overthrowing his targets, and the defense couldn't stop Brady and Co.
However. that all changed in the second half, as Mahomes showed why he's the favorite to win league MVP. He unleashed two killer passes, one to Tyreek Hill, and a touchdown strike to Travis Kelce to cut their deficit to 14-7.
It wasn't just Mahomes who stepped up his game, it was the Bob Sutton defense as well. No one rose to the occasion more than safety Daniel Sorensen. He stopped running back Rex Burkhead on a pivotal 4th and short, and tipped a pass intended for Julian Edelman for an interception.
Damien Williams, the replacement for Kareem Hunt, made his presence felt as well, scoring three touchdowns in the second half, including the one to put the Chiefs ahead of New England 28-24.
The Chiefs had a problem, and that was handing Brady the ball with two minutes on the clock. New England would regain the lead thanks to a Burkhead rushing score.
The Chiefs would get the ball with 39 seconds remaining, and Mahomes would work all the way to the red zone thanks to two deep passes. With eight seconds left on the clock, Harrison Butker kicked a 31-yard field goal to send the game into overtime.
With the win, the Patriots will face off against the Los Angeles Rams down in Atlanta. Will Brady and Bill Belichick add to their already crowded trophy case, or will the Rams bring the Lombardi Trophy to Hollywood?