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Belichick, Reid downplay their last meeting

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The Chiefs and Patriots never have met in the playoffs. But they had a high-profile get-together in 2014, one that entailed a blowout win for Kansas City, an “on to Cincinnati” mantra for New England coach Bill Belichick, and a turnaround that carried the team on the wrong side of a 41-14 final score to a Super Bowl win.

Understandably, the head coaches of both teams were asked about that last meeting on Sunday, during separate press conferences. Even more understandably, they both largely downplayed it.

“That was then and this is now and so you prepare yourself,” Chiefs coach Andy Reid told reporters. “We’ve got guys playing now that were watching that on TV. So you prepare yourself to go play against a good football team. And the team that’s there, well we’re in ’16 now, so the team that’s there in ’16, so not the team that was back there.”

Asked how his team managed to shut down Tom Brady in the Monday Night Football win that sparked questions as to whether Brady had lost his magic, Reid opted not to share secrets.

“I’m not even going to get into all of that, we’ve just got to play a good football game against them,” Reid said.

Belichick similarly didn’t have much to say about the last meeting.

“There has been whatever 25 games played since then, and it’s definitely a game to look at, but there are a couple thousand plays on either side of the ball [since then],” Belichick said. “I think you look at it, there are things we can take from it, there are some things that I’d say are somewhat outdated just based on the players and personnel, the situation and that kind of thing. So, it has relevance, but we’re certainly going to have to prepare and coach the team a lot better than we did that night, so that’s what we’ll try to do.”

Belichick admitted the obvious about the last meeting: “It was a pretty dominant performance by Kansas City, so I’m sure that there are things from that game that they may try do or that they may feel like they can still do or want to do that they did in that game.”

And while Belichick added that he’ll take those things into consideration, he pointed to changes like the addition of receiver Jeremy Maclin, whose status is in doubt due to an ankle injury suffered against the Texans.

“Obviously Andy had him in Philadelphia and probably knows him better than anybody — knows how to use him, knows the things he’s good at,” Belichick said. “He’s been very productive for them, gets the ball to him. Maclin is very good after the catch. He’s hard to bring down. He’s an excellent runner with speed and elusiveness and he has good playing strength, so he’s challenging to cover and he’s challenging to tackle, whether it’s kind of conventional run after catch plays or whether it’s some element of a protective play — slip screens and things like that — speed sweeps or reverses or other ways they get the ball to him. He’s been productive and he’s got a lot of good skills and Andy does an excellent job of getting him the ball.”

It sounds like Belichick, whose team was on a bye last week, has taken full advantage of his head start to prepare for the Chiefs, even though he didn’t know whether he’d face the Bengals, Chiefs, or Texans before Saturday. Of the three options, the Chiefs are the team that gave Belichick the hardest time in their last meeting, so it made plenty of sense for Belichick to focus on getting ready to face Kansas City and Andy Reid again.

Before that game, Belichick had never lost to Reid before last year, running up a 4-0 record against his Eagles. They’ve met once before in the postseason, in a three-point win that gave Belichick his third Super Bowl ring.

To get a fifth, he’ll have to get past the team and the coach that, in a roundabout way, helped them get their fourth.

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19 Responses to “Belichick, Reid downplay their last meeting”
  1. gah05 says: Jan 11, 2016 8:21 AM

    Go Chiefs!!

  2. ctchiefsfan25 says: Jan 11, 2016 8:24 AM

    It was two years ago. Means absolutely nothing. GO CHIEFS!!

  3. spammerscrammer says: Jan 11, 2016 8:35 AM

    While Belichick is right that a lot of water has gone under the bridge since the last game, the thing that is most similar between the time of the first meeting and nows is the Pats inability to protect Brady.
    Justin Houston will have more to say about defeating the Pats than Maclin.
    This is simple: if Brady has time, Pats will cruise. If not and KC hangs on to the ball then they will win.

  4. ReligionIsForIdiots says: Jan 11, 2016 8:44 AM

    Media is worthless pestering guys with questions from a game 16 months ago.

  5. 6ball says: Jan 11, 2016 8:44 AM

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    Early weather forecasts call for light rain throughout the game. Inclement conditions cause unusual plays.
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  6. patsxsaintsfan says: Jan 11, 2016 9:17 AM

    Probably the most dangerous team to every AFC team just off the fact that if the line can’t protect Brady on mediocre talent it’s gunna be a long day against these people the only thing we can hope is Edelman is back and can get separation. As for if they play The offensive line of Denver who is already pretty bad I think they shut them down also the corners will suffocate underneath and dare manning to throw overtop and he hasn’t proven he could do it. That’s why in my opinion the Chiefs could go all the way this year there is no one who can stop them until you get to the NFC.

  7. whatjusthapped says: Jan 11, 2016 9:19 AM

    In citing Belichick’s record vs Reid, you forgot to mention the advantage of Matt Walsh services to the Patriots. We will never know the outcome of the games if there had been an even playing field. That’s what asterisks are for.

  8. lambeauheap says: Jan 11, 2016 9:58 AM

    the only thing we can hope is Edelman is back and can get separation

    These are the chiefs we’re talking about here guy. Root for the saints with that fear, Pats cruise sunday with everyone back.

  9. royallycheefy says: Jan 11, 2016 10:06 AM

    lambeauheap says:Jan 11, 2016 9:58 AM

    the only thing we can hope is Edelman is back and can get separation

    These are the chiefs we’re talking about here guy. Root for the saints with that fear, Pats cruise sunday with everyone back.
    ________________________

    sike.

  10. goattoday says: Jan 11, 2016 10:18 AM

    Pats by two TD’s, minimum!

  11. solo681 says: Jan 11, 2016 10:21 AM

    Nothing new here folks.

    The Achilles Heal of the Patriots has always been a Pass Rush front four that puts pressure on Brady = That is the FORMULA to beat any top rated QB.

    BB & McDaniels underestimated the Giants pass rush and the results were two GIANT Losses.

    If BB and the entire coaching staff, once again, fail to understand this and do not come up with a game plan to circumvent the fact that the OLine cannot block or open holes for a run game, then it will just be a REPEAT of Brady on the ground and 1.5 yards per rush attempt.

  12. solo681 says: Jan 11, 2016 10:31 AM

    I am hoping for a Patriots win here. If the Patriots can pull off a win against the dominant Chiefs then, NO DOUBT = They will beat the Steelers/Broncos. By far, the hardest game for the Pats are the Chiefs as there are very serious concerns as we have all seen them the last six games.

    Edleman is not 100%, he is not 90%. At BEST he is 85% his normal speed/agility.

    Edleman has to wear a metal plate in his shoe to prevent a relapse of the injury.

    Patriots cannot rely heavily on Edelman for the answer. They MUST have a CREATIVE game plan to circumvent their current weaknesses which the Chiefs are eager to exploit.

  13. lambeauheap says: Jan 11, 2016 10:48 AM

    sike.

    Invigorating Counter-Argument my good sir!

    Pats 31 Frauds 17

    Who’s going to score enough to beat the Pats? Kelce will have <65 yards and be an non factor probably.

    Should have been rooting for Cincy, frauds may have had a shot at Denver to extend their season 1 week.

  14. tylawspick6 says: Jan 11, 2016 11:00 AM

    KC’s offense won’t be enough vs an incredibly underrated Pats D.

    Smith has Kelce and that’s about it.

  15. chesswhileyouplaycheckers says: Jan 11, 2016 11:49 AM

    whatjusthapped says:
    Jan 11, 2016 9:19 AM
    In citing Belichick’s record vs Reid, you forgot to mention the advantage of Matt Walsh services to the Patriots. We will never know the outcome of the games if there had been an even playing field. That’s what asterisks are for.
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    For the Chiefs fans that don’t normally visit Pats comments sorry you will be subjected to a week of inanity like this as well as the trash talking yahoos that attach themselves to winning teams that regularly contend. With the direction Reid has the Chiefs going in you will have even more of your own yahoos soon enough. You will also see user names you have never seen before presenting themselves as KC fans trolling NE. They, along with their faux Pats fans counterparts that will be trolling KC, are a subset of the no life hateroids that target NE.

    Real Pats fans respect the Chiefs as a team that does things the right way between the lines and are looking forward to interacting with you folks.

  16. kmo25 says: Jan 11, 2016 2:48 PM

    As a Pats fan this was the one matchup I did not want to see. Not sure why some of my fellow Pats fans are so confident….they shouldn’t be. K.C. really didn’t play up to their potential on offense last week and still put up 30 points. I know they are going against Brady & not Hoyer and we are getting Edelman back and those things do count. However, Edelman will be rusty having not played for 8 weeks and the offensive line had better gets it’s act together or it could be a long Sunday. The Chiefs should be respected. They are a very good team. 11 wins in a row is no joke.

  17. lambeauheap says: Jan 11, 2016 3:35 PM

    K.C. really didn’t play up to their potential on offense last week and still put up 30 points

    That is their offense pal.

    How many points did their offense have? How many short fields? Brady isn’t gifting them 5 turnovers.

  18. gysot says: Jan 11, 2016 3:53 PM

    6ball says:
    Jan 11, 2016 8:44 AM
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    Early weather forecasts call for light rain throughout the game. Inclement conditions cause unusual plays.
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    Inclement weather also causes visitors side line communications to fail.

  19. jag1959 says: Jan 11, 2016 10:41 PM

    gysot says:
    Jan 11, 2016 3:53 PM

    6ball says:
    Jan 11, 2016 8:44 AM
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    Early weather forecasts call for light rain throughout the game. Inclement conditions cause unusual plays.
    .—————————————-
    Inclement weather also causes visitors side line communications to fail.
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    After the first game of the season 345 Park Ave let it be known they were responsible for headsets. You might want to fire of a message to Troy Vincent voicing that concern

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