KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) —
What: AFC Championship
Who: NEW ENGLAND (12-5) at KANSAS CITY (13-4)
When: Sunday, 6:40 p.m. ET, CBS
Opening line: Kansas City Chiefs by 3
Records vs. spread: New England 10-7, Kansas City 10-6-1
All-time series record: Chiefs lead 18-15-3
Last meeting: Patriots beat Chiefs 43-40, Oct. 14, 2018
Last week: Patriots beat Chargers 41-28; Chiefs beat Colts 31-13
Patriots offense rankings: Overall (5), Rush (5), Pass (8)
Patriots defense rankings: Overall (21), Rush (11), Pass (22)
Chiefs offense rankings: Overall (1), Rush (16), Pass (3)
Chiefs defense rankings: Overall (31), Rush (27), Pass (31)
STREAKS, STATS, AND NOTES:
- Kansas City is hosting its first AFC title game in franchise history.
- The AFC championship trophy is named after Chiefs founder Lamar Hunt.
- Chiefs are 5-1 against Patriots at Arrowhead Stadium.
- Arrowhead Stadium set the Guinness world record for the loudest outdoor stadium during a September 2014 game between the Chiefs and the Patriots.
- Patriots beat Chiefs 27-20 in Foxborough in January 2016 in the teams’ only playoff meeting.
- Patriots beat Chiefs in Week 6 in a game featuring 946 yards total offense
- Patriots’ Bill Belichick is the winningest active coach with 290 wins. Chiefs’ Andy Reid is second with 207.
- New England has the best playoff winning percentage (.636) and is 10-4 in AFC title games.
- The Patriots are playing in an NFL-record eighth consecutive conference championship game. They are seeking third straight Super Bowl appearance; only two other franchises have done it – Miami 1971-1973 and Buffalo 1991-1994
- New England could become first team since Buffalo (1991-94) to reach Super Bowl after losing it previous season.
- New England has not won a road playoff game since beating the Chargers 24-21 in the divisional round in the 2006 season.
- Patriots WR Julian Edelman has 98 postseason receptions, second only to Jerry Rice (151).
- New England can match Pittsburgh (36) for most playoff wins by beating the Chiefs.
- QB Tom Brady can match former Patriots K Adam Vinatieri, now with Colts, for most wins in NFL history (236). Brady holds postseason records for TD passes (72), yards passing (10,569), playoff wins (28) and 300-yard passing games in playoffs (15).
- Brady is 8-4 in AFC championship games, going 6-1 at home but 2-3 on the road.
- New England has forced 30 turnovers in 17 games. The team forced 19 in 17 games last season.
- Patriots RB James White tied Darren Sproles’ NFL postseason record with 15 catches, totaling 97 yards, in a 41-28 win over the Chargers last week. Patriots RB Sony Michel had four 100-yard rushing games in regular season and another against Chargers.
- Patriots DE Trey Flowers had 7 1/2 sacks to lead the team for the third straight season.
- Patriots All-Pro CB Stephon Gilmore had 20 passes defended this season, second best in the NFL.
- New England averaged a franchise-record 27 yards per kickoff return this season.
- the Chiefs beat the Colts last Saturday for their first home playoff win since Jan. 8, 1994.
- Reid is coaching in his sixth conference title game.
- The Chiefs held the Colts to 0 for 9 on third downs last week.
- Kansas City is 8-1 at home this season.
- The Chiefs led NFL in scoring at 35.3 points per game, the third-best total in league history.
- QB Patrick Mahomes had 50 TD passes, matching Brady (2007) for second most in season in NFL history. He also had NFL-leading plus-38 TD-to-INT differential and 10 300 yards or more passing games. Mahomes threw for 5,097 yards during the regular season, second only to Steelers’ Ben Roethlisberger. Mahomes is the sixth All-Pro quarterback to face Patriots in Belichick-Brady era. The Patriots are 4-1 against the previous five.
- Chiefs All-Pro TE Travis Kelce had career-best 1,336 yards receiving this season.
- Kansas City defense tied for first in NFL with 52 sacks this season. DT Chris Jones has 15 1/2 sacks. He set an NFL record this season with a sack in 11 consecutive games.
- Chiefs LB Dee Ford has 11 QB pressures that caused turnovers or fumbles this season, including a strip-sack against Indianapolis last week.
- RB Damien Williams ran for 129 yards against the Colts, third-best playoff total in franchise history.
- Kansas City was the second-most efficient red-zone offense with TDs on 71.8 percent of trips this season.
- Chiefs All-Pro RT Mitchell Schwartz has played league-leading 7,397 consecutive snaps over 112 games.
- Chiefs WR Tyreek Hill, AP’s All-Pro flex player, has five TDs of 50 yards or more this season. He has 18 plays of 50 yards in three seasons.
- Kansas City led NFL in first-quarter point differential at plus-91.
- The Chiefs have scored at least 26 points in every game.