By Dave Skretta Published 6:59 pm PST, Friday, January 18, 2019 KANSAS CITY, Mo. — It seems football fans everywhere suddenly are on the Kansas City Chiefs’ bandwagon, enthralled by their record-setting young quarterback and exciting playmakers and hopeful their amiable old coach finally can win the big one. Then again, maybe they’re just fans of anybody facing New England. The Patriots have dominated the AFC for nearly two decades, and the coach-quarterback combination of Bill Belichick and Tom Brady will be playing in an eighth consecutive conference title game Sunday when New England visits the Chiefs at Arrowhead Stadium. But whereas Brady & Co. once instilled awe in their opponents, the Chiefs view their showdown as an opportunity for Patrick Mahomes to take the baton as the league’s best quarterback and for Kansas City, seeking its first Super Bowl appearance in 49 years, to surpass the Patriots as the NFL’s “it” … [Read more...] about Chiefs’ bandwagon rolling into mighty Patriots at Arrowhead in AFC title game
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By Meghan Ottolini | [email protected] | Boston HeraldPUBLISHED: January 15, 2019 at 2:13 pm | UPDATED: January 16, 2019 at 4:44 am State troopers in Massachusetts and Kansas are trading wagers over Sunday’s Patriots-Chiefs AFC Championship, and Kansas drivers could be pulled over by a TB12 jersey-clad cop next week if New England prevails. Kansas Highway Patrol trooper Ben Gardner challenged Massachusetts State Police trooper Dustin Fitch to a bet over Twitter on Tuesday. “Buckle up and get ready for this, it’s time to see where you stand,” Gardner said in a video posted to his Twitter page. “Chiefs-Patriots Sunday!” The wager’s loser will have to don the opposing team’s jersey, typical stakes in a sports bet. But Gardner took this challenge a step further, requesting that if the Patriots lose, Fitch should cut a piece of his hair and send it to Gardner. Gardner said he will display it in the Kansas Highway Patrol Museum … [Read more...] about AFC Championship wager on between Massachusetts, Kansas highway cops
We know a lot about Patrick Mahomes, budding superstar NFL quarterback. Just not as much as we will know, perhaps soon. We know he’s been downright awesome in his second NFL season and first as a starter, joining Tom Brady and Peyton Manning as the only quarterbacks to throw 50 touchdown passes in a single season. We know he throws the best no-look pass since Larry Bird. We know he has a good nature, a great hairdo, and a voice like Kermit the Frog. We might even know that his dad, Pat, had a 6.85 ERA in two seasons as a Red Sox relief pitcher. Maybe he should have been a quarterback too. What we don’t know, as he prepares to take on Brady and the Patriots in Sunday’s AFC Championship game, is whether he’s ready for this moment. He was very good in the Chiefs’ thumping of the Colts in the divisional round, but for the first time since Week 4 he did not throw a touchdown pass, and in fact it was just the third game this season that he did not throw multiple … [Read more...] about Where will Patrick Mahomes rank among the quarterbacks Tom Brady has faced in the AFC title game?
To properly appreciate the Patriots’ record streak of eight straight appearances in the AFC Championship game, it’s helpful to remember what happened the last time they didn’t make it, as well as the history since the streak began. Consider: The last time the Patriots failed to reach the AFC title game — or the NFL’s version of the final four — was in 2010, when a talent-rich roster that went 14-2 in the regular season met an abrupt and stunning ending with a 28-21 loss to the Jets at Gillette Stadium in the divisional round. The Patriots, let by 33-year-old Tom Brady and a dynamic receiving corps that included Wes Welker, Deion Branch, and rookie tight ends Rob Gronkowski and Aaron Hernandez, had scored at least 31 points in each of their last eight regular season games, including 45 in a Week 13 throttling of the Jets on “Monday Night Football.’’ No one ever saw the Jets’ wrath coming. No one even knew the Jets had a wrath, … [Read more...] about Some history since the last time the Patriots did not make the AFC Championship game
Ryan Ford Detroit Free Press Published 7:01 AM EST Dec 30, 2018 As 2018 comes to a close, it’s time for a look back at the year that was in Michigan sports. It was a tumultuous year that saw three teams harbor championship aspirations in Ann Arbor, two new coaches take over in Detroit and one team from Big Rapids win a national championship. Free Press sports writer Ryan Ford takes a spin through the year’s 10 most memorable games: 10. The Tigers start to slide June 19: With the front office admitting that it was a rebuilding season, the Tigers weren’t expected to do much. But here they were, heading into Cincinnati and a five game Ohio trip just one game under .500, at 36-37. And then, boom. Matthew Boyd let the first three batters of the third inning reach base, then gave up a grand slam to Joey Votto. The Tigers managed no runs and just five hits in the first eight innings of a 9-5 loss. That loss was the first of 11 straight —vaporizing the … [Read more...] about Michigan sports: 2018’s most memorable games