By Lisa Johnson //@LJ1303
The Kansas Chiefs are your 2019 AFC West division Champions. And, of course, what’s a championship without some controversy.
Prior to the Chiefs game on Sunday against the New England Patriots in Foxboro, the team’s equipment went missing. According to CBS Sports, the Chiefs would have been required to forfeit to the Patriots if the equipment didn’t show up before the game’s kickoff, which was scheduled for 4:25 p.m. ET. The haul of baggage included roughly 35 helmets and 35 pairs of shoulder pads.
I’m sure it left the Chiefs fans fuming and nervous. However, should their equipment not arrived, the Chiefs actually had another plan in place. According to an article on Yahoo, the Chiefs had a deal in place with a local high school’s team to use their helmets and pads. I personally would have found that extraordinary had this happened. But luckily, the crisis was averted, as the equipment did arrive.
Relax everyone, the Chiefs football equipment has arrived in the correct state pic.twitter.com/i3qip20gPc
— Barstool Sports (@barstoolsports) December 8, 2019
The Chiefs knew that a win could clinch their 4th straight AFC West title. Earlier in the day, the surging Tennessee Titans defeated the Oakland Raiders 42-21, to fall to a 6-8 record. This left the door wide open for the Chiefs, who came to Foxboro with an 8-4 record.
The game itself had some controversy of its own. The majority of the calls were going the Chiefs way, and that’s something very unfamiliar to Patriots fans. Patriots fans were also heard booing their team as they went into the half. Not many can blame them because after all, the Patriots were on a 21 game home winning streak. Were.
Unlike the 2018 Championship game between these teams, the Chiefs relied on their defense to secure this win. They held Patriots quarterback Tom Brady to just 169 yards with one touchdown and one interception.
The play of the game belonged to Chiefs cornerback Bashaud Breeland. In the closing seconds of the game, Breeland knocked down a pass intended for Patriots wide receiver Julian Edelman in the end zone on a fourth and goal. He secured the win and the AFC West title for the Chiefs.
After the game, Breeland said, “Not one step in that fourth quarter that we felt like we were going to lose this game…You’re not just going to shut him out a whole entire game. So for us to do what we did against him, it was a glorious moment. I hope it propels us to next week.”
The 9-4 Chiefs now are in the third seed in the AFC.
One game behind, you guessed it, the New England Patriots.
Next up, the Denver Broncos make their way to Kansas City to take on the Chiefs.
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