Chiefs to play at home for AFC Cham­pi­onship

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The Kansas City Chiefs will be at home for next week­end’s AFC Cham­pi­onship game, which could bring to­gether the best quar­ter­back in the NFL this year against one of the best of all time.

Patrick Ma­homes dis­played his cus­tom­ary flair, pass­ing for 278 yards (254 me­ters) and run­ning a score as the Chiefs used their po­tent of­fense to jump on the In­di­anapo­lis Colts early en route to a 31-13 win in snowy Kansas City on Satur­day af­ter­noon.

The re­sult ended a six-game home los­ing play­off streak by the AFC’s No.1 seed, and moved the team within one win of mak­ing it to the Su­per Bowl for only the third time.

In more mild weather in south­ern Cal­i­for­nia, the LA Rams beat the Dal­las Cow­boys 30-22 to ad­vance to the NFC Cham­pi­onship game.

The Rams, in their third sea­son in south­ern Cal­i­for­nia after the fran­chise ditched St. Louis for Tin­sel­town, will have to wait an­other day to find out not only who their next op­po­nents will be, but also the venue.

The win leaves them one more vic­tory from the fran­chise’s first Su­per Bowl ap­pear­ance since 2001, when they lost to the New Eng­land Pa­tri­ots.

They will play the win­ner of Sun­day’s con­test be­tween the New Or­leans Saints and de­fend­ing Su­per Bowl cham­pion Philadel­phia Ea­gles.

The top seeded Saints will host the NFC Cham­pi­onship game if they beat Philadel­phia, but if the Ea­gles pull an upset then the Rams will be at home as the higher seed.

Not that the Ea­gles will mind that, be­cause they won at the Rams only last month.

But with re­spect to the NFC teams, the AFC Cham­pi­onship game is the one that the neu­tral will most ea­gerly an­tic­i­pate, es­pe­cially if the Chiefs face the Pa­tri­ots.

This matchup would bring 41-year-old Tom Brady up against Ma­homes in what could serve as a pass­ing of the torch from one gen­er­a­tion of quar­ter­back to the next.

Brady has al­ready won five Su­per Bowls, while 23-yearold Ma­homes played just one game in 2017, be­fore tak­ing the league by storm this sea­son.

The two quar­ter­backs al­ready put on a spec­tac­u­lar show this reg­u­lar sea­son, when the Pa­tri­ots beat the Chiefs 43-40 in Oc­to­ber.

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