Chiefs at home for AFC Cham­pi­onship


THE Kansas City Chiefs will be at home for next Sun­day’s AFC Cham­pi­onship game, which could bring to­gether the best quar­ter­back in the Na­tional Foot­ball League this year against one of the best of all time.

Patrick Ma­homes dis­played his cus­tom­ary flair, pass­ing for 278 yards 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.

The re­sult ended a six-game home los­ing play­off streak by the Amer­i­can Foot­ball Con­fer­ence’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 Los An­ge­les Rams beat the Dal­las Cow­boys 30-22 to ad­vance to the Na­tional Foot­ball Con­fer­ence 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 the con­test be­tween the New Or­leans Saints and de­fend­ing Su­per Bowl cham­pi­ons 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 neu­trals will most ea­gerly an­tic­i­pate, es­pe­cially if the Chiefs face the Pa­tri­ots.

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

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

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

The teams last met in the post­sea­son three years ago, when the Pa­tri­ots won 27-20 in a di­vi­sional play­off.

But for the teams to meet again the Pa­tri­ots must get past the Charg­ers, whose 37-year-old quar­ter­back Philip Rivers would also make a wor­thy ad­ver­sary for Ma­homes, if not be quite the block­buster box of­fice draw.

The Chiefs have not won a con­fer­ence cham­pi­onship since the 1969 sea­son when they beat the Oak­land Raiders en route to the Su­per Bowl ti­tle over the Min­nesota Vik­ings. To put how long ago that was in per­spec­tive, con­sider that it was be­fore Ma­homes’s fa­ther was born.


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