Patriots head back to familiar territory

Sonja Greenfield; Patriots Contributor

By Sonja Greenfield //@Mom23RN

New England 37 – Kansas City 31 (OT)

Guess who’s back. Back again. The Pats are back, tell a friend.

The New England Patriots are heading back to the Super Bowl.  Quarterback Tom Brady ,and the rest of the Patriots, executed Brady’s 57th game-winning drive to get the victory over the Chiefs.

After going 3 for 3 on third down during the overtime drive, the Patriots handed the ball off to running back Rex Burkhead who ran it in for the game-winning touchdown.

The game played out the best way possible for the Patriots. It was obvious that the best way to keep Chiefs QB Patrick Mahomes and the great Kansas City offense under control was to simply keep them off the field. It was the same strategy that most teams have tried to use to beat the Patriots for years.

From time of possession, to first downs and third down conversions, New England controlled the game. The fact that the Chiefs still managed to take the game to overtime shows how impressive that offense can be. But in the end it was the spotty Kansas City defense that allowed the Patriots to march down the field to tie the game, then win in overtime.

But really, what most have been talking about are the overtime rules and the refs.

For the first time ever, both championship games went to overtime, but it was in the Patriots vs. Chiefs game did we see only one team possess the ball.  According to the NFL Overtime Rules, if the team scores a touchdown on their first possession, they win the game, which is exactly what the Patriots were able to do.  The Chiefs didn’t get a chance to possess the ball in overtime, which leads us to question, should that rule still stand?  Or should it be more like college, when each team gets a chance to possess the ball?

Personally, I see both sides. I’m more likely to agree and say that each team needs to have the ball.  However, it makes sense that if the opposing team wants a chance to get the ball back, you’ve got to stop them.  But I still lean more towards each team getting a possession.

The refs were more of an issue in the Rams/Saints game, but still, there was a “questionable” call of roughing the passer against Brady.

Lets face it, the refs are always going to be an issue. However, most will agree that the roughing the passer was a bit soft, and play should have gone on.  Is there a way to change the officiating?  Hard to say, but that’s a post for another day.

Officiating and overtime rules aside, that was a good game, with some great moments.  But probably one of the better moments was one that wasn’t seen by the cameras:

The “underdog” Patriots won the AFC Championship, and are heading to Atlanta to meet the Rams!




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