Patriots destroy Chargers, Tom Brady heads to 13th AFC Championship Game

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Tom Brady has been the Patriots’ starting quarterback for 17 healthy seasons. Next week he will go to Kansas City and start his 13th AFC Championship Game.

Brady’s Patriots dominated the Chargers today in New England, winning 41-28 and earning a berth in the AFC Championship against the Chiefs. It will be the 13th AFC Championship Game for Brady as the Patriots’ starting quarterback, and for Bill Belichick as their head coach.

It was an absolutely incredible performance by the Patriots, who whipped the Chargers in all phases of the game. Brady was masterful, the running attack controlled the clock when the Patriots wanted to, and the defense shut down Philip Rivers for most of the game after an early coverage breakdown led to a long touchdown pass.

In fact, it was such an incredible performance that it was a fairly bad football game: It was so obvious by the second quarter that the Patriots would win a blowout that there wasn’t any drama in the second half. The Chargers scored a couple of garbage-time touchdowns to make the score look a little closer than the game really was.

The story coming out of the game will be Brady, who at age 41 did not have his best season by any stretch but is still playing at a high level. As of next week Brady will have started as many conference championship games as Terry Bradshaw and Joe Montana combined. (Bradshaw started six AFC Championships, Montana six NFC and one AFC.) That’s an incredible achievement.

The last play of the first half spoke volumes about Brady: The clock ran out with the Patriots in field goal range and out of timeouts, and Brady was furious that the Patriots had botched the clock. The score was 35-7 at the time, but Brady wasn’t happy. That Brady is upset about one mistake in a game his team leads 35-7 is why Brady’s teams so often have 35-7 leads.

Now the Patriots will face the Chiefs in a rematch of one of the best games of the 2018 regular season. And Brady will try to reach his ninth Super Bowl.

243 responses to “Patriots destroy Chargers, Tom Brady heads to 13th AFC Championship Game

  1. Eli Manning … 2 Superbowls and 2 SB MVPs … Philip Rivers… zero. Best trade ever … for the Giants.

  2. I wouldn’t be in too big of a hurry to fit Philip Rivers for a gold jacket.
    He’ll qualify for stats alone…Accomplishments, not so much.

  3. Chargers Defense was atrocious. Pats protection of Brady was good as usual which was a big key to the game. McDaniels and even Bill doesnt get enough credit sometimes, while most of it always goes to Brady.
    I think the Pats are going to keep rolling and beat up the Chiefs next week. Im as sick and tired of the Pats as anyone else, but Bill’s teams are just too well coached. They will absolutely have an answer for the Chiefs offense.

  4. As a Chiefs fan, i love seeing the Chargers get beat down, but iv never seen a more clear ref screw job as this game, it was absolutely clear the refs were told to make sure pats won.

  5. firerogergoodellnow says:
    January 13, 2019 at 4:37 pm
    Pay
    All
    The
    Referees
    In
    Order
    To
    Succeed

    Yeah really not the day for this lame comment

  6. Vintage pats performance I said it all week it would take their best game in all phases and they go out and deliver just that I’m proud of the boys!

  7. Chargers had a great season and Rivers looked really sharp today. But the Patriots are built for the postseason, 8th consecutive AFC Championship coming up.

  8. The AFC is just an awful conference. Absolutely awful. From the start the Chiefs & Patriots were the only two teams people took seriously. Chargers came into the discussion but weren’t taken seriously because of exactly this. This is their history as an organization.

    More over – EVERY SINGLE AFC PLAYOFF GAME HAS BEEN LOPSIDED. Absolutely none of them were competitive or made for good football. Texans didn’t show up. Ravens gimmick offense was stomped until the Chargers stopped playing in the last eight minutes. Colts (Andrew Luck especially) didn’t show up. And now the CHargers didn’t show up.

    On the flip side all of the NFC games have been great thus far.

  9. Well I guess Brady and the Patriots are not done yet…. again. Their doomsayers must be sick and tired of being wrong again and again.

  10. firerogergoodellnow says:
    January 13, 2019 at 4:37 pm
    Pay
    All
    The
    Referees
    In
    Order
    To
    Succeed
    _______________________________

    Wow………So Clever..:-)

    Go Pats

  11. xiiprestige says:
    January 13, 2019 at 4:40 pm
    As a Chiefs fan, i love seeing the Chargers get beat down, but iv never seen a more clear ref screw job as this game, it was absolutely clear the refs were told to make sure pats won.

    —-
    Yup a beatdown like that was courtesy of the refs.

    Hilarious.

  12. All you trolls were teenie boppers when the Goat began his career. Now you’re on the verge of grandparenthood, and he’s still torching your team. When your head is exploding from frustration, just put on one of those warm Pat’s hats. Don’t ever count out the Goat and Pat’s team until the Lombardi lands elsewhere.

  13. Will there ever be an NFL franchise again as dominant as the Brady and Belichick led Patriots?

  14. Brady/Belichick with an extra week to prepare and rest is almost unfair. And at home! Chargers defense was gassed in the first quarter. No answer on either side of the ball for Pats game plans. Pats know how to win big games. Hope next week is more competetive.

  15. Really confusing as to what the Chargers were hoping to accomplish on defense. It’s like they went to the same exact defense they used against the Ravens and expected it to work exactly the same way against the Patriots. The Ravens offense and the Patriots offense are worlds apart. Give the Patriots two weeks to plan against that and they had no chance.

  16. Patriots looked good.

    But man, I am so sick of them already.

    Chiefs will pound them like sand!

  17. xiiprestige says:
    January 13, 2019 at 4:40 pm
    As a Chiefs fan, i love seeing the Chargers get beat down, but iv never seen a more clear ref screw job as this game, it was absolutely clear the refs were told to ma

    Did the ref also tell the chargers not to tackle

    Yeah I’m sure that’s what happened

  18. xiiprestige says:
    January 13, 2019 at 4:40 pm
    As a Chiefs fan, i love seeing the Chargers get beat down, but iv never seen a more clear ref screw job as this game, it was absolutely clear the refs were told to make sure pats won.
    ——————————————
    Don’t know what game you were watching, but as soon as the Pats got up 41-7, in became a flag fest in the Chargers favor. And for everyone saying Brady hines for calls, Rivers whined more in one quarter than Brady has in 20 years.

  19. I guarantee the Patriots beat the Chiefs next week. Save this comment. If they dont win, I will never post here again. Im that damn confident.

  20. 6 years since a wildcard team has advanced past divisional round. Chargers had a better regular season record than Pats but 3 straight road games while Pats came off a bye hurt their chances.

    Getting 1st round bye is too much of an advantage. This weekend’s games were boring. Something should change to make it more competitive.

  21. The only reason the AFC Championship Game is in Kansas City instead of Foxborough is because of the Miami miracle.

    The Chiefs better be at their very best next Sunday. This should be a helluva game. A lot better than the 3 lame ducks we’ve seen so far this weekend.

  22. The Chargers did this to themselves by laying an egg against Baltimore in LA. They should have won their division and that was going to change the entire AFC playoff story.

  23. Hey Chargers we ain’t the limp wristed soft and weak Ratbirds 🙂

    Great season though. Respect.

  24. xiiprestige says:
    January 13, 2019 at 4:40 pm
    As a Chiefs fan, i love seeing the Chargers get beat down, but iv never seen a more clear ref screw job as this game, it was absolutely clear the refs were told to make sure pats won.
    ——————————————-
    Yeah the refs were clearly the difference on the first 5 opening touchdown drives

  25. The refs didn’t beat the snot out of the chargers New England did. That was an awful performance by San Diego, they were overpowered from the beginning of the game. New England also managed to put together two 7 minute drives during this game which was very impressive and only highlighted how terrible San Diego looked.

  26. Last time Pats won a road playoff game was 2006 against the Chargers when Marlon McCree fumbled the interception on 4th down that would have sealed the game.

    Chiefs will win. God only knows what Pats are doing at their stadium to ensure a win.

  27. 13 AFCCG for the Pats since 2001 and 8 straight AFCCG is b/c of the Refs and the Pats playing in the AFC East. Right haters? Need to change your tune b/c if you watched todays game you would have seen the Refs gifting LA many yards in BS penalties.

  28. Vegas in a bad spot here…can they really afford to give the Pats points…? I mean they gave the Chiefs points against Seattle and the Chiefs got smoked that game…but when the Pats visited the Pittsburgh, the Steelers had the best record in the league…and they still made the Pats favorites…

  29. I am not impressed that the Patriots beat a warm weather West Coast team at home in January.

    Beat the Chiefs, and I’ll be impressed.

  30. sdwinsum says:
    January 13, 2019 at 4:55 pm
    Patriots fans, if you think the refs don’t help your team, you ARE dilusional

    And if you think there is some conspiracy for the refs to “help” the Patriots or any team you have issues

  31. KC fans were all like “HA!!! LOOK AT US!!! WE DESTROYED THE COLTS!!! NO ONE CAN STOP US NOW!!!!!!!!”
    Then this game happened.

  32. boltschick says:
    January 13, 2019 at 4:50 pm
    Last time Pats won a road playoff game was 2006 against the Chargers when Marlon McCree fumbled the interception on 4th down that would have sealed the game.

    Chiefs will win. God only knows what Pats are doing at their stadium to ensure a win.
    ——————————-
    Pats have only played ONE playoff road games since then, 2013 vs Denver without Gronk and Edelman and their left tackle. Ha Ha Ha Ha. Kind of hard to lose on the road in the playoffs if you, ya know, don’t play on the road.

  33. The haters are reduced to claiming the Easter bunny called Santa Claus to pay the refs off for this particular Patriots win. It’s gotten that insane. They don’t actually watch the games. That would be equally insane.

    13th AFC Championship game for Brady. Incredible no matter which side you’re on.

    Anyway, here’s a shout-out to the suffering masses full of jibberish—I always wanted to give it a shot too…

    Nitwit #1: “You know he’s no good without the Italian HGH he gets on those vacations with Giselle, right?”

    Nitwit #2: “Ya, it all makes sense now! You know, he was a 6th rounder—they can’t be that good…”

  34. xiiprestige says:
    January 13, 2019 at 4:40 pm
    As a Chiefs fan, i love seeing the Chargers get beat down, but iv never seen a more clear ref screw job as this game, it was absolutely clear the refs were told to make sure pats won.
    ——————————————-

    They ran the ball right at them and then threw play action to wide open receivers. On defense they blitzed rivers and he melted.

    I swear to god, some of you guys have so much salt in your eyes from crying you can’t see

  35. Remember this……

    Edward Halverson says:

    January 6, 2019 at 10:24 pm

    Patriots don’t have anything close to the Ravens defense.

    Chargers will blow them out

    Coulda shoulda woulda.

    All talk no action. Poor bolts.

  36. ikesr4reel says:
    January 13, 2019 at 4:54 pm
    Cheatgate2019 is in full swing

    Again, where? How??

    Nothing?

  37. Warnings were out. Everyone runs their mouth all year long, and here we are.

    If I am KC, I am crapping myself right now. You tell BB and Brady they’re done, they don’t have anything, and watch out.

    We’re coming…we’re coming.

    I love being an underdog with a chance to get revenge from 2014 in KC.

    Love it.

    All the pressure is on KC and NE knows exactly what to do. They won’t flinch here.

    LOL

    You people ran your mouth all year. Now, it’s time to pay.

  38. Well, well, well, here we are again in yet another’AFC championship game. Hard to keep track of after all these years. Tough for some salty fans to accept but accept you must.

  39. Any serious Pats fan must admit that there was evidence of slippage in the play of Brady and the Pats this season. Look at the stats. They looked great today (with some zebra help) but Father Time is undefeated so enjoy these games while you can. Congrats on the demolition of the Chargers.

  40. canetic says:
    January 13, 2019 at 4:56 pm
    I am not impressed that the Patriots beat a warm weather West Coast team at home in January.
    Beat the Chiefs, and I’ll be impressed.
    _________________________________

    Week 6 43-40?

  41. Run game gashed the Chargers and Brady picked them apart. Defense surprisingly did well oh and for the delusional idiots crying about the refs Pats were flagged for more yards and more penalties including a bogus roughing the passer call that Flowers was blocked into Rivers. Face the facts Chargers sucked you were wrong keep crying!

  42. statman25 says:
    January 13, 2019 at 4:56 pm
    Welcome to Arrowhead NE, should be a great game!
    ——————————————————–

    Sure looks like it ought to be, hopefully decent weather and no injuries.
    Chiefs are a helluva team, really looking forward to this AFCCG

  43. vancouversportsbro says:
    January 13, 2019 at 5:00 pm
    Rivers = Cindy Crosby of the NFL

    —————————

    How so? Crosby has three rings and multiple MVP and Conn Smythes. If you meant the whining, Rivers is way worse.

    —-
    If it was the first one I would have called him Sidney. 🙂

  44. davedsone says:
    January 13, 2019 at 4:59 pm
    KC fans were all like “HA!!! LOOK AT US!!! WE DESTROYED THE COLTS!!! NO ONE CAN STOP US NOW!!!!!!!!”
    Then this game happened.
    ………………………
    Don’t count a W just yet. Pats D gave up 28pts today, Chiefs D gave up 6 yesterday, think we’ll go ahead and play the game.

  45. styro1 says:
    January 13, 2019 at 4:51 pm
    13 AFCCG for the Pats since 2001 and 8 straight AFCCG is b/c of the Refs and the Pats playing in the AFC East. Right haters? Need to change your tune b/c if you watched todays game you would have seen the Refs gifting LA many yards in BS penalties.

    ————-

    Those penalties only came in once the Chargers were down by 30.

  46. u4iadman says:
    January 13, 2019 at 4:50 pm
    Pats won. Enjoy.

    You have * next to most SB victories due to proven cheating.

    Deal.
    ——

    Laughable—there’s no such thing as an * no matter how hard you wish., but what’s abundantly clear is, we all know exactly who can’t “deal”.

    You are right about one thing: we will enjoy. We always do.

    It would behoove you to once in a while acknowledge the great play of the Patriots, but if you won’t/can’t, that’s cool too.

  47. This game wasn’t even close. This could have been a major blowout if the Patriots wouldn’t have taken their foot off the pedal.

    Although Phillip Rivers has great stats he can’t be compared to the other 2 QBs of his draft class of 2004 as Eli and Big Ben each were able to beat Tom Brady in their respective career in addition to winning 2 SB rings each, which Rivers can’t boast about. I feel sorry for Rivers.

  48. boltschick says:
    January 13, 2019 at 4:47 pm
    6 years since a wildcard team has advanced past divisional round. Chargers had a better regular season record than Pats but 3 straight road games while Pats came off a bye hurt their chances.

    Getting 1st round bye is too much of an advantage. This weekend’s games were boring. Something should change to make it more competitive.
    ************************************************************

    “Waaaaaaah! I didn’t get what I wanted! I have no idea what happened or how to fix it….but just fix it!!!”

    What guy hasn’t heard this before?

  49. statman25 says:
    January 13, 2019 at 5:05 pm
    davedsone says:
    January 13, 2019 at 4:59 pm
    KC fans were all like “HA!!! LOOK AT US!!! WE DESTROYED THE COLTS!!! NO ONE CAN STOP US NOW!!!!!!!!”
    Then this game happened.
    ………………………
    Don’t count a W just yet. Pats D gave up 28pts

    ——
    Garbage time. Completely Irrelevant

  50. Can any Pats fans agree with me that there has to be something better in Boston radio than Felger and Maz??

    I know nobody likes fan boy radio, but their over the top contrarian schtick is getting old.

    Mazarati Has his head so far jammed up Felgers ass he doesn’t know which intestine he is in.

  51. For those wringing their hands about the Patriots giving up points in the second half THIS is how you play with a gigantic lead. Ask the Falcons what happens if you do something else.

  52. People shouldn’t be trashing Rivers. He didn’t have a lot of time to throw. And his teams Defense SUCKED. Rivers would have some rings if he played for the Patriots.

  53. Flash1287 says:
    January 13, 2019 at 4:45 pm
    xiiprestige says:
    January 13, 2019 at 4:40 pm
    As a Chiefs fan, i love seeing the Chargers get beat down, but iv never seen a more clear ref screw job as this game, it was absolutely clear the refs were told to ma

    Did the ref also tell the chargers not to tackle

    Yeah I’m sure that’s what happened

    ——

    I also saw the refs give every Chargers defensive lineman wedgies at key intervals allowing the Pats offensive line to push them all over the field. Belichick also sprays the field with warm Gatorade left over from halftime. That’s why Rivers was on the ground so much. Everyone knows that!

    The Patriots would have lost by 30 otherwise. They’ve never been that good.

  54. smokingthebowels says:
    January 13, 2019 at 5:18 pm
    GoodellMustGo…

    Nice life u must have commenting on pft all day long! Make fun of me now cause I called u out on the truth
    —-
    😭😭😭😭

  55. statman25 says:
    January 13, 2019 at 5:05 pm
    davedsone says:
    January 13, 2019 at 4:59 pm
    KC fans were all like “HA!!! LOOK AT US!!! WE DESTROYED THE COLTS!!! NO ONE CAN STOP US NOW!!!!!!!!”
    Then this game happened.
    ………………………
    Don’t count a W just yet. Pats D gave up 28pts today, Chiefs D gave up 6 yesterday, think we’ll go ahead and play the game

    Gates TD was a gift. Every point after the first seven was in garbage time. Means nothing to next week but don’t pretend Pats D didn’t own LA.

  56. Sooooo great to see all the sore loser haters whining as usual. “The refs did it. They made the Chargers let our Pats score all those points. Boo Hoo. It isn’t FAIR that the Pats are good and Brady is the GOAT! The Pats were supposed to LOSE today. Waaaaaa!!! No fair. Waaaaaaa!!!!!!!!!!” Gotta love how predictable all these lowlife haters are after EVERY Pats win. Laughable over how whiny they are. Don’t know if anyone is going to be able to beat this Chiefs team… we barely did in our house earlier… but either way it should be a good game. Go Pats and Brady the UNDISPUTED GOAT!!!!!!

  57. tedmurph says:
    January 13, 2019 at 5:14 pm

    How did the Pats win despite the overrated Josh McDaniels and his slow starting, lame gameplans?

    3

    1

    —————–

    Umm, he listened to me and reads messageboards, little Teddy. Bout time Brady checked the ego for balance, don’t ya think?

    lol

    It’s not about fantasy stats to appease dorky Millennials.

    Never has been. Gronk was a beast today, but it doesn’t help fantasy football dorks, does it?

  58. kensilisacrook says:
    January 13, 2019 at 5:24 pm

    Best comment by TB12 after the game, “Well, everybody thinks we suck, and we can’t win any games, so we’ll see.” TB12 with a chip is the BEST TB12!

    3

    0

    ———–

    EXACTLY

    Brady is like Clapton. He needs a fire lit to be Brady.

  59. “I know everyone thinks we suck and we can’t win any games. So we’ll see.”
    — Tom Brady

    Uh oh!!! 🙂

  60. To all of those saying that Rivers does not deserve to be in the HOF discussion, you are absolutely RIGHT!

  61. It’s amazing all you little boys on here talking about the refs helping NE. Do you realize how cowardly that is? You are so filled with envy that you are blinded. If you were truly fans of the NFL and greatness you would salute what NE has accomplished. It is staggering and you will never see it again. You had the greatest owner ever who chose the greatest coach ever who then chose the greatest QB ever. What they have done, in salary cap era will never be duplicated

  62. leehacksawhamilton says:
    January 13, 2019 at 5:06 pm
    styro1 says:
    January 13, 2019 at 4:51 pm
    13 AFCCG for the Pats since 2001 and 8 straight AFCCG is b/c of the Refs and the Pats playing in the AFC East. Right haters? Need to change your tune b/c if you watched todays game you would have seen the Refs gifting LA many yards in BS penalties.
    ————-
    Those penalties only came in once the Chargers were down by 30.
    ————————————–
    The Chargers had one penalty that really mattered on the scoreboard, the DPI where the DB held Gronk from the LOS till Gronk ran 8 yards and into the EZ while the DB held on till the ball hit the ground. Pats 9 penalties for 75 yards, LA 5 for 33 yards.
    It’s the Refs. The NFL always wants the PATS to win, waa waa waa. Go stomp your feet and hold your breath. You really sound ridiculous.

  63. ChainSnatcher says:
    January 13, 2019 at 5:33 pm
    To all of those saying that Rivers does not deserve to be in the HOF discussion, you are absolutely RIGHT!

    —-
    Needs a ring.

  64. tedmurph says:
    January 13, 2019 at 5:14 pm
    How did the Pats win despite the overrated Josh McDaniels and his slow starting, lame gameplans?
    ———————————–

    Obviously it was a tremendous handicap to begin with but then the anthem was sung, the coin was flipped and it was January business as usual in Foxboro

  65. ebhaynz says:
    January 13, 2019 at 5:21 pm
    How have the CHiefs fared against the Pats at Arrowhead in the past?
    …………
    7 games since 1970 at Arrowhead, Chiefs are 6-1.

  66. GoodellMustGo says:
    January 13, 2019 at 5:38 pm
    ChainSnatcher says:
    January 13, 2019 at 5:33 pm
    To all of those saying that Rivers does not deserve to be in the HOF discussion, you are absolutely RIGHT!

    —-
    Needs a ring.

    Also needs to be a leader and not cry to the refs after EVERY play. For some reason, the NFL has a love affair with Rivers mistaking his whining as competitiveness.

  67. Did anyone check the oh so important air pressure today, or any other day for that matter?

    The officals did a not so good job today on both sides of the ball.

    Feel bad for PR, but TB had an excellent game.

    Looking forward to what should be a great game next week, both teams have earned it.

  68. tedmurph says:
    January 13, 2019 at 5:14 pm
    How did the Pats win despite the overrated Josh McDaniels and his slow starting, lame gameplans?
    ———————————–

    Obviously it was a tremendous handicap to begin with but then the anthem was sung, the coin was flipped and it was January business as usual in Foxboro

    —————————————————————————————-

    Thank goodness Josh read wrongway’s posts and got his career back on track.

  69. As football fans, everyone should just enjoy what there is left of Brady . Don’t have to root for him, but realize that as fans we are watching something we won’t ever see again. Have to respect the greatness.

  70. TruthfulDolphinsFanNotWearingBlinders says:
    January 13, 2019 at 5:43 pm
    And just think the Miami Miracle forced the Patriots to play at Kansas City next week where they will lose for sure!

    At least they’re playing. Unlike your team.

  71. wib22 says:
    January 13, 2019 at 5:55 pm
    No legit rings without unfair advantages.

    Keep trying little guy!

  72. Joe Montana and Peyton Manning are still better and always will be. Still second to Manning in regular season and Joe Cool in the superbowl

    Deal with it Haters and Pats phonies

  73. Icing for the win was the special teams turnover = ~10 point variance. But Rivers would have found a way to lose either way. SB will be KC vs. Rams no doubt.

  74. Pats fan here, enjoying the today’s win.

    Yes, all Pats fans know that this is going to end, sometime very soon… right now, though, I’m just hoping for a couple more weeks of the magic.

    I’m, also, hoping that Rivers, eventually, gets his ring… as long as it isn’t at the Pat’s expense.

    Can’t wait for, what I hope is, a great game next week.

  75. If the Patriots won 72-0 and Brady threw for 600 yards and no picks, you can bet that those 5-10 inconsolable Dolphin/Steeler/Colts fans with multiple revolving screen names would furiously peck on their Commodore 64s from their bedrooms in the attic that some sort of fix just had to be in. It’s ridiculous of course, but I actually have some sympathy.

    They have PTSD as it relates to football. The success of the Patriots over their lifetime has caused it, and I believe it’s a real condition.

    Maybe this can be studied, documented and published in some of the more reputable medical journals.

  76. nfliferfan22 says:
    January 13, 2019 at 6:06 pm
    Joe Montana and Peyton Manning are still better and always will be. Still second to Manning in regular season and Joe Cool in the superbowl

    Deal with it Haters and Pats phonies

    —-
    I don’t know about you but I would much rather have 5 gold medals and 3 silvers over 4 gold medals and 0 silvers. 🙂

    It’s not a difficult choice actually.

  77. nfliferfan22 says:
    January 13, 2019 at 6:06 pm
    Joe Montana and Peyton Manning are still better and always will be. Still second to Manning in regular season and Joe Cool in the superbowl

    Deal with it Haters and Pats phonies
    —-
    As for PEDton his accomplishments are irrelevant since he cheated.

  78. It must be nice to be in a division where there is no real challange. When has there been a legitimate QB in the AFC East other than Brady? There hasn’t even been so-so QB’s in that division in many years. In fact, there isn’t that many good QB’s in the AFC.

  79. Why is a cheater like PEDton brought up in this topic at all? Cheaters get no respect. I refuse to acknowledge PEDton as legit. Why on earth would a cheater get respect?

    This is a topic of a team one win away from being the first threepeat AFC Champ so keep that garbage about a cheater out of this topic.

  80. Rivers will not be going to the hall of fame, thats for sure. His history of folding in January is long and distinguished & he did it once again today when the lights were the brightest. Rivers just is not a good playoff QB.

  81. @steelcurtainn says:
    Chargers are a joke. New England held up at home but it will be much different in KC next week.

    Well, I will admit that I would prefer the game being against Pittsburgh… if only they had made the playoffs.

  82. GoodellMustGo says:

    January 13, 2019 at 6:26 pm

    This is a topic of a team one win away from being the first threepeat…
    _______

    Bills ,4 SBs i.e., fourpeat

  83. The Patriots are the cheated. Goodell is a thief. He stole from the Patriots money and draft picks that he will not do to other teams for the same alleged offenses. That’s the truth. Yet the Patriots still thrive to the chagrin of the haters. Like today. How sweet the bitter tears of the haters.

  84. dejc421 says:
    January 13, 2019 at 6:34 pm
    GoodellMustGo says:

    January 13, 2019 at 6:26 pm

    This is a topic of a team one win away from being the first threepeat…
    _______

    Bills ,4 SBs i.e., fourpeat

    —-
    Yup my bad I meant to say in 25 years.

  85. steelcurtainn says:
    January 13, 2019 at 6:17 pm

    Chargers are a joke.
    ————————————————————————————–
    Steelers lost to the Chargers, at home.

  86. TruthfulDolphinsFanNotWearingBlinders says:
    January 13, 2019 at 5:43 pm
    And just think the Miami Miracle forced the Patriots to play at Kansas City next week where they will lose for sure!😁
    ***********************************

    More like the Miami Brain Fart. However, if this is all you can hang your hat on, it’s a pretty sad existence. I went back and looked at the last 4 decades of football today, and even went back to the 85 teams that throttled the Dolphins in the Orange Bowl with a Super Bowl birth on the line, and it’s been utter domination, like no sport has ever seen, ever since. It’s not surprising you’re polishing turds to make yourself feel better.

  87. cdubyamf says:
    January 13, 2019 at 6:24 pm
    It must be nice to be in a division where there is no real challange. When has there been a legitimate QB in the AFC East other than Brady? There hasn’t even been so-so QB’s in that division in many years. In fact, there isn’t that many good QB’s in the AFC


    The division excuse, AGAIN.

    Teams the Patriots beat OUTSIDE the division

    12-4 chiefs
    12-4 chargers
    12-4 bears
    11-5 Texans
    10-6 colts.
    8-7 Vikings

    Keep telling yourself they win because of the division

    They beat more teams with a winning record than any team this year.

  88. nfliferfan22 says:
    January 13, 2019 at 6:06 pm
    Joe Montana and Peyton Manning are still better and always will be. Still second to Manning in regular season and Joe Cool in the superbowl

    It’s amazing how many current and former PLAYERS and COACHES disagree with you.
    It what do they know.

  89. cdubyamf says:
    January 13, 2019 at 6:24 pm
    It must be nice to be in a division where there is no real challange. When has there been a legitimate QB in the AFC East other than Brady? There hasn’t even been so-so QB’s in that division in many years. In fact, there isn’t that many good QB’s in the AFC.

    So tired of this LAME excuse. If you’d bothered to do any research you would know Patriots record against the other divisions is just about the same. Also it’s not their fault that the other teams in the AFC East don’t do a better job of improving. If the division is as bad as you claim, how come none of the other teams can win it?

  90. Tom Brady has an NFL record 38 playoff games as a starting QB. Peyton Manning is next, with 27

    Tom Brady has an NFL record 28 playoff games as a winning QB. Joe Montana is next, with 16

    Tom Brady has an NFL record 15 playoff games with 300 yards.
    Peyton Manning is next, with 9.

    Tom Brady has an NFL record 72 playoff touchdown passes. Joe Montana is next with 45.

    Tom Brady has an NFL record 10,569 postseason passing yards. Peyton Manning is next with 7,339.

    Tom Brady has an NFL record 954 postseason completions. Peyton Manning is next with 649.

  91. Luckiest good team in the NFL. Where else does the best coach and QB get to play in the worst division for 19 years paving their way for play 10 game seasons each year. They should have 18 straight AFC C’ships and at least 15 SB wins. Underachievers. If it weren’t for Seattle and Atlanta gifting NE SB’s NE would have lost 5 straight SB’s. That’s fact, and everyone knows it. Every time NE plays a tough team it’s at Foxboro. Well, not next week. The shortstop QB is going to light up that fragile NE defense next week. Philly, Philly!

  92. steelcurtainn says:
    January 13, 2019 at 6:17 pm
    Chargers are a joke. New England held up at home but it will be much different in KC next week.

    ———

    So why did the Steelers lose at home to the “Joke Chargers”?

  93. skawh says:
    January 13, 2019 at 7:02 pm
    Luckiest good team in the NFL. Where else does the best coach and QB get to play in the worst division for 19 years paving their way for play 10 game seasons each year. They should have 18 straight AFC C’ships and at least 15 SB wins. Underachievers. If it weren’t for Seattle and Atlanta gifting NE SB’s NE would have lost 5 straight SB’s. That’s fact, and everyone knows it. Every time NE plays a tough team it’s at Foxboro. Well, not next week. The shortstop QB is going to light up that fragile NE defense next week. Philly, Philly!

    ___

    Awe.. poor baby still not over the your Seahawks 1 year dynasty be ended by NE in the SB. Crybabies are always full of excuses

  94. If it weren’t for Seattle and Atlanta gifting NE SB’s NE would have lost 5 straight SB’s. That’s fact, and everyone knows it.

    Soooooooo dumb

    So Brady lights up Seattle in the 4the Q but it was a gift. How did Seattle get down to the 5 yard line? Wasn’t it a lucky catch by a guy on his back off a tipped ball. Why doesn’t anyone ever mention that?

    The Atlanta out scores NE 28-3 in the first half because they are “good”
    But when NE does the same thing to them in the second half it “luck”

    when you grow up you will understand “IF” is a big word.

    If David tyre doesn’t make a catch on his helmet the Patriots are 19-0
    See little guy, I can do it too.

  95. boltschick says:

    6 years since a wildcard team has advanced past divisional round. Chargers had a better regular season record than Pats but 3 straight road games while Pats came off a bye hurt their chances.

    Getting 1st round bye is too much of an advantage. This weekend’s games were boring. Something should change to make it more competitive.
    ————-
    So what’s your proposal – expand the playoffs to include more substandard teams – or get rid of the wild card weekend games so we lose a week of football? Lots of people with criticism, many fewer with good solutions.

  96. skawh says:
    January 13, 2019 at 7:02 pm

    If it weren’t for Seattle and Atlanta gifting NE SB’s NE would have lost 5 straight SB’s. That’s fact, and everyone knows it.
    ———————————————————————————–
    It’s too bad that the universe hates the Seahwks.

  97. The Patriots rushing attack will be too much for Kansas City. The AFCC game won’t be close.

  98. Destroy is a strong word and gives little credit to what this Chargers team has done this year. It was “convincing.” The Patriots play very well at home. What I want to see is them play well enough to win in Kansas City. All being said, I’m done extolling the virtues of the Kraft-Belichick-Brady era. It’s special. “Nuff said.” We are on to Kansas City. And “We are all Patriots!” Go Patriots!

  99. scw1993 says:
    January 13, 2019 at 4:43 pm
    All you trolls were teenie boppers when the Goat began his career.

    —————————-

    They may not have even been born when Montana began his career.

  100. The Patriots are great! No doubt about that but its strange how their dbs can be grabby on receivers & its no penalty but i saw the Charger db do it & its called holding. I saw a Charger receiver catch the ball & take two steps & fall down across the goal & the refs said it was incomplete. I saw the tuck rule game. That was a fumble all the time up to that play. Then a new rule is created. The Patriots may not need help because they have a great coach & great qb but they do get help from the refs & it is very annoying & very obvious.

  101. The Patriots are great! No doubt about that but its strange how their dbs can be grabby on receivers & its no penalty but i saw the Charger db do it & its called holding. I saw a Charger receiver catch the ball & take two steps & fall down across the goal & the refs said it was incomplete. I saw the tuck rule game. That was a fumble all the time up to that play. Then a new rule is created. The Patriots may not need help because they have a great coach & great qb but they do get help from the refs & it is very annoying & very obvious.


    You CLEARLY don’t have a clue.

    You saw a charger WR catch the ball take two steps and fall into the end zone.

    Then they reviewed it and it CLEARLY showed he made the catch and his elbow was down before the ball crossed. So they got it right.

    You saw the “tuck rule game” and that was a fumble all the time up to that play.

    But it happened in the Patriots/jets game earlier that same season in favor of the jets and going against the Patriots.

    So.NO, a “new rule” was NOT “created “ it had been there all along

    Did I miss anything?

  102. Bill Bixby says:
    January 13, 2019 at 5:15 pm
    People shouldn’t be trashing Rivers. He didn’t have a lot of time to throw. And his teams Defense SUCKED. Rivers would have some rings if he played for the Patriots.

    That’s the worst argument ever. Rivers has played on teams with a top 5 D, played with LT, and played with Antonio Gates in his prime. Not just looking at today’s game… he threw a pick in the first series of the game for 3 games straight going into the playoffs. He has been the cause of more losses than wins. If some of those charger teams had a different QB, they may have at least gotten to a SB.

  103. ” I saw the tuck rule game. That was a fumble all the time up to that play. Then a new rule is created.”

    You know all you had to do is google “when was the Tuck Rule added” or something along those lines and you would have found that

    1 – The Tuck Rule was added by the league at the beginning of the 1999 season, and the 2001 season that the “Tuck Rule” game occurred after was the 3rd season it was in place.
    2 – That in each of those first 3 seasons every team had it called an average of once per year in favor of the opposing team.
    3 – That includes the Jets having the tuck rule called in their favor and reversing a turnover to the Pats during the 2001 regular season that had a significant impact on the Pats losing that game

    You might want to check your facts before you make claims like “a new rule was created on the spot by the league”

  104. Anybody else as interested as I am in hearing the comments of Max Kellerman, Shannon Sharpe, Rob Parker, et al, tomorrow? Monday the 14th is National Eat Crow Day!!!

  105. Rivers finds a way to lose even without the special teams turnover = 10 point swing. Game was closer than it looked. KC Rams in the SB easy call.

  106. skawh says:
    January 13, 2019 at 7:02 pm
    Luckiest good team in the NFL. Where else does the best coach and QB get to play in the worst division for 19 years paving their way for play 10 game seasons each year. They should have 18 straight AFC C’ships and at least 15 SB wins. Underachievers. If it weren’t for Seattle and Atlanta gifting NE SB’s NE would have lost 5 straight SB’s. That’s fact, and everyone knows it. Every time NE plays a tough team it’s at Foxboro. Well, not next week. The shortstop QB is going to light up that fragile NE defense next week. Philly, Philly!
    —————————-
    The Chiefs only scored 24 against the Dolts and that’s only b/c the Colts came out slow. They were pretty much stopped in the 2nd half with the game still close.

  107. Flash1287 says:
    January 13, 2019 at 6:48 pm
    cdubyamf says:
    January 13, 2019 at 6:24 pm
    It must be nice to be in a division where there is no real challange. When has there been a legitimate QB in the AFC East other than Brady? There hasn’t even been so-so QB’s in that division in many years. In fact, there isn’t that many good QB’s in the AFC


    The division excuse, AGAIN.

    Teams the Patriots beat OUTSIDE the division

    12-4 chiefs
    12-4 chargers
    12-4 bears
    11-5 Texans
    10-6 colts.
    8-7 Vikings

    Keep telling yourself they win because of the division

    They beat more teams with a winning record than any team this year.
    —————————–
    You forgot the 12-4 Chargers.

  108. thun5der says:
    January 13, 2019 at 5:36 pm

    It’s amazing all you little boys on here talking about the refs helping NE. Do you realize how cowardly that is? You are so filled with envy that you are blinded. If you were truly fans of the NFL and greatness you would salute what NE has accomplished. It is staggering and you will never see it again. You had the greatest owner ever who chose the greatest coach ever who then chose the greatest QB ever. What they have done, in salary cap era will never be duplicated.
    ___________________________________________________________________________________

    Uh, the Pats are cheaters. You should be ashamed for writing trash like this.

  109. canetic says:
    January 13, 2019 at 4:56 pm
    I am not impressed that the Patriots beat a warm weather West Coast team at home in January.

    Beat the Chiefs, and I’ll be impressed.———–
    ————————

    Uhhh I think they already beat them this year…

  110. jbsptfn says:
    January 13, 2019 at 7:58 pm
    thun5der says:
    January 13, 2019 at 5:36 pm

    It’s amazing all you little boys on here talking about the refs helping NE. Do you realize how cowardly that is? You are so filled with envy that you are blinded. If you were truly fans of the NFL and greatness you would salute what NE has accomplished. It is staggering and you will never see it again. You had the greatest owner ever who chose the greatest coach ever who then chose the greatest QB ever. What they have done, in salary cap era will never be duplicated.
    ___________________________________________________________________________________

    Uh, the Pats are cheaters. You should be ashamed for writing trash like this.

    —-

    No they aren’t. U mad? 🙂

  111. nfliferfan22 says:
    January 13, 2019 at 6:06 pm
    Joe Montana and Peyton Manning are still better and always will be. Still second to Manning in regular season and Joe Cool in the superbowl
    ————————
    No doubt Manning was great, in the regular season, but in the playoffs they didn’t call him “one and done for nothing”. 9 one and done’s in the playoffs for Manning. NINE! I was a huge fan of Joe Montana but the SB winning teams he was on had much more talent than Brady has ever had. If I remember correctly there were 9 HOF members from those San Fran teams. That was all before the free agency and the salary cap era and it is much harder now to keep teams together. Brady does it with a bunch of cast offs from other teams and undrafted free agents. Pats had like 15 UDFA on last years team.

  112. Chargers…you mess with the best, you get left like the rest….San Diego has a capital D…Los Angeles Chargers have no D

  113. styro1 says:
    January 13, 2019 at 8:07 pm
    nfliferfan22 says:
    January 13, 2019 at 6:06 pm
    Joe Montana and Peyton Manning are still better and always will be. Still second to Manning in regular season and Joe Cool in the superbowl
    ————————
    No doubt Manning was great, in the regular season, but in the playoffs they didn’t call him “one and done for nothing”. 9 one and done’s in the playoffs for Manning. NINE! I was a huge fan of Joe Montana but the SB winning teams he was on had much more talent than Brady has ever had. If I remember correctly there were 9 HOF members from those San Fran teams. That was all before the free agency and the salary cap era and it is much harder now to keep teams together. Brady does it with a bunch of cast offs from other teams and undrafted free agents. Pats had like 15 UDFA on last years team.
    ——————————-

    Peyton Manning 2008 27 TDs 12 INTs 4002 Yards 95.0 QBR League MVP
    Tom Brady 2018 29 TDs 11 INTs 4355 Yards 97.7 QBR Falling Off The Map

  114. No doubt Manning was great, in the regular season, but in the playoffs they didn’t call him “one and done for nothing”. 9 one and done’s in the playoffs for Manning. NINE! I was a huge fan of Joe Montana but the SB winning teams he was on had much more talent than Brady has ever had. If I remember correctly there were 9 HOF members from those San Fran teams. That was all before the free agency and the salary cap era and it is much harder now to keep teams together. Brady does it with a bunch of cast offs from other teams and undrafted free agents. Pats had like 15 UDFA on last years team.

    ——
    PEDton Manning cheated and blamed his wife. I don’t acknowledge his career. On that note next Sunday’s game should be a great matchup between the legit co owners of the NFL season TD passing record.

  115. TruthfulDolphinsFanNotWearingBlinders says:
    January 13, 2019 at 5:43 pm
    And just think the Miami Miracle forced the Patriots to play at Kansas City next week…
    —————————————————-

    And just think chip, the author of that defensive gaff is reported to be the dollyfins next HC. Sweet dreams little guy

  116. Patriots playoff road opponent power rankings in the last decade
    1. 2013 Broncos
    2. 2015 Broncos
    3. 2018 Chiefs

  117. The Patriots dynasty is done when Bill Belichick and Tom Brady retire and not one minute before. I know, I know, narrative and all, but you’d think fans would have learned this by now.

  118. The New England Patriots are STILL HERE

    Today as good a performance as we’ve seen from this years Patriots team. time and time again we have been able to develop gameplans and players invested into our systems and it shows…once the real seasons starts in the freezing cold Gillette Stadium.

    Playoff Tom electric, Sony Michel an animal,Gronk making huge plays in the running game. Edelman possibly the grittiest receiver in the NFL find small holes in zone coverage and turning what looks like 5 yard receptions into 8-10 making one move and taking some contact. Especially on third down early in this game was one of my favorite plays of the game.

    Defense was able to play the pace of the game. efficiently and well. Defensive backs are playing great, J.C. Jackson another Patriots success story, TreyFlowers looking to cash in this off season. Overall very good play and effort, Kyle Van Noy another guy who has shown tremendous progression since being in NE, especially as a leader.

  119. marcuswelby70 says:
    January 13, 2019 at 4:37 pm
    How will the haters spin this one?
    +++
    I’ve never been a hater of good, or great teams, good or great players. It’s good/great for those respective sports.

    I’m guessing most people are in this category. Yet, over the last 15-20 years, social media has changed that for, put your own reasons on it, a number of people, and reasons.

    Why?

    If social media was around in the 70s, 80s, 90s as it is now, the ‘fans’ would be hating the dominate teams in all four major sports.

    Why? Because social media allows those dominate/great teams fans, due to anonymity, to act in a manner they wouldn’t in person.

    The big psychological question to this is, why?

  120. vikesr4reel says:
    January 13, 2019 at 4:54 pm
    Cheatgate2019 is in full swing

    13 132 Rate This

    Don’t Embarrass Viking Fans more than they already are! Brady Works his A$$ Off and Clearly deserves what he gets. He also has Minnesota ties and has been a Great leader since he was at Michigan! Cheating has nothing to do with this. by the way although Mahomes has a Great Future, The Pats are going to Destroy the Chief’s by 20! Mahomes not yet ready for what Tom will do to him…..

  121. You darn right “it’s the division.” AFC East affords NE a 10 game schedule each year. 6 automatic wins. Not a single opposing QB to face in AFC East for 18 straight years. 3 teams in your division are a dumpster fire for 18 years. I could go on. No other division has such an advantage, especially for the best coach/QB combination in the NFL. NE is a great team yes. But NE has benefitted from a lopsided advantage because of their non competitive division. Homers of course won’t acknowledge what’s obvious to everyone else.

    Ask yourself, how many games are automatic wins for other great teams in the NFL. Even LA Rams got pushed by a poor Seattle team twice this year and barely squeaked out 2 wins by 7 points. Philly, Philly!

  122. RGisvacuous says:
    January 13, 2019 at 7:55 pm
    Anybody else as interested as I am in hearing the comments of Max Kellerman, Shannon Sharpe, Rob Parker, et al, tomorrow? Monday the 14th is National Eat Crow Day!!!
    —-
    Sharpe especially. Brady must have looked at more game film than Rivers.

  123. Flash1287 says:
    January 13, 2019 at 7:19 pm
    wib22 says:
    January 13, 2019 at 7:14 pm
    Luckiest of all time

    Andy Reid knows how to stop brady

    Um , why didn’t he do it earlier this year
    —————

    Also, Reid couldn’t stop Brady during Super Bowl XXXIX when Patriots beat the Eagles.

  124. jbsptfn says:
    January 13, 2019 at 8:32 pm
    I love all the NE fans and defenders. You people are more evil than Stalin and Hitler.
    ——

    😭😭😭😭

  125. sityourselfdown says:
    January 13, 2019 at 5:03 pm
    canetic says:
    January 13, 2019 at 4:56 pm
    I am not impressed that the Patriots beat a warm weather West Coast team at home in January.
    Beat the Chiefs, and I’ll be impressed.
    _________________________________

    That’s what the patriots are going for. I’m sure they all got into the locker room and said “Let’s make sure we impress Sityourselfdown next week.

  126. jbsptfn says:
    January 13, 2019 at 8:32 pm
    I love all the NE fans and defenders. You people are more evil than Stalin and Hitler.
    —————————————

    While you are obviously an empathetic and considered individual that shames Mother Teresa when it comes to the milk of human kindness.

  127. “Patriots fans, if you think the refs don’t help your team, you ARE dilusional”

    (Not responsible for erroneous spelling)

    Every time I turned around today, the Patriots were being flagged for something. I’ve tired of these delusional and juvenile comments from people who just hate NE. The Patriots “Cheat” is old, stale, and untrue. The refs “Help” the Patriots is just a foolish, inaccurate, and false statement. Time to move on. I’m willing to bet the majority of these anti-Patriots comments are made by people living in St. Louis 🙂

  128. You people are more evil than Stalin and Hitler.”

    You need English comprehension and history lessons

  129. Could be wrong but it seems the Chiefs might be running into a buzzsaw next Sunday night. This is not the Patriots team that folded in Denver in January in the last few years. Nor the team that got punked by Nick Foles a year ago. Nor the team that was drilled by the Tennessee Titans.

    It’s better.

  130. jbsptfn says:
    January 13, 2019 at 8:32 pm
    I love all the NE fans and defenders. You people are more evil than Stalin and Hitler.
    ———-

    God…this is just a breathtakingly stupid thing to say. I seriously hope you cannot reproduce.

  131. jbsptfn says:
    January 13, 2019 at 8:32 pm
    I love all the NE fans and defenders. You people are more evil than Stalin and Hitler.

    ========================

    to equate rooting for your favorite team to being on the same level as murderous monsters is a bit of a reach.

  132. wib22 says:
    January 13, 2019 at 7:14 pm
    Luckiest of all time

    Andy Reid knows how to stop brady

    =======/=

    He does? Maybe he should have told his Eagles team how to do it when they lost the SuperBowl to TB and the Pats. Or to his Chiefs team that let TB hang a 43 on them earlier this year….

  133. skawh says:
    January 13, 2019 at 8:39 pm
    You darn right “it’s the division.” AFC East affords NE a 10 game schedule each year. 6 automatic wins. Not a single opposing QB to face in AFC East for 18 straight years. 3 teams in your division are a dumpster fire for 18 years. I could go on. No other division has such an advantage, especially for the best coach/QB combination in the NFL. NE is a great team yes. But NE has benefitted from a lopsided advantage because of their non competitive division. Homers of course won’t acknowledge what’s obvious to everyone else.

    Ask yourself, how many games are automatic wins for other great teams in the NFL. Even LA Rams got pushed by a poor Seattle team twice this year and barely squeaked out 2 wins by 7 points. Philly, Philly!
    ======================= ===.

    Too bad Brady led Pats have almost the same winning pct both in and out of division in his career. And during that time Pats are the only NFL team with a winning record against playoff teams. And how the Pats have played a first place schedule almost every year for the last 18 seasons. Or how the Pats had the most wins this year against teams with winning records.. Other than those inconvenient facts, spot on!

  134. TruthfulDolphinsFanNotWearingBlinders says:
    January 13, 2019 at 5:43 pm
    And just think the Miami Miracle forced the Patriots to play at Kansas City next week where they will lose for sure!

    _____________________________

    And just think….the Dolphins will be watching the game from their couches.

  135. Uh, the Pats are cheaters. You should be ashamed for writing trash like this.

    Uh, where’s the proof? Is this something that internet kid heard someone else say and assumed it must be true because someone said it at some point in time? Or is this another non-believer in the ideal gas law…you know, FACTUAL SCIENCE!

  136. Surprised all these Pats “fans” aren’t Chiefs fans yet. I guess when Brady retires, 90% of will slide over. You know they will. Bandwagoners are the worst.

  137. I’ll tell you guys why the Patriots are winning Super Bowl LIII. Clemson lost to Alabama in the national championship game, and the last time Clemson beat Alabama back in the 2016 NFL season, the Patriots beat the Falcons in Super Bowl LI. The 11-5 Patriots also beat the Rams in Super Bowl XXXVI to give Brady his first super bowl ring. Then, there’s the six Infinity Stones. If the Patriots get their sixth ring in this 21st century, they’ll control the universe.

  138. BermudaBoy says:
    So what’s your proposal – expand the playoffs to include more substandard teams – or get rid of the wild card weekend games so we lose a week of football? Lots of people with criticism, many fewer with good solutions.

    ____________
    I like your idea of adding 2 more teams. Would it have been terrible to include the Steelers and Titans this year?

    I think the system needs tweaking. I thought it was unfair when Chargers won division with 8-8 record and got to host (and beat) the Colts who had a much better record. Similarly it’s inequitable that Pats had worse record yet get a first round bye plus home field advantage on opposite coast while Chargers have 3 road games.

    Pats dominated today, no question. Chargers would have been far more competitive if they’d also had a bye. Doesn’t the league want competitive games and parity?

  139. Another option for playoffs:
    Keep 6 teams and bye but re-seed teams at start of playoffs. Best records get byes and home games, regardless of whether you won your easy division.

  140. The last SB appearance by…

    Buffalo:1993
    Miami:1984
    NYJ: 1969

    Since 2002, those three teams have combined for 1 playoff win every 4 years.

    To suggest they are any kind of competitive is a poor joke.

  141. Brady hasn’t won on the road in the playoffs since the 2004-2005 season. My money is on KC this week.

  142. m8gaman says:
    January 13, 2019 at 9:46 pm
    Uh, the Pats are cheaters. You should be ashamed for writing trash like this.

    Uh, where’s the proof? Is this something that internet kid heard someone else say and assumed it must be true because someone said it at some point in time? Or is this another non-believer in the ideal gas law…you know, FACTUAL SCIENCE!
    ==================
    To pretend they havent been caught cheating in the past and deserve their reputation is a trip down the river denial.
    suspensions and fines, which should have included vacating the associated trophies prove that they earned their reputation as being cheats.
    That said, they are also a great team – and we havent caught them cheating in a few years now so maybe their accolades are legit. then again, the truth could be right around the corner.

  143. NO ONE is getting by New England, Brady is just TOO DAMN GOOD. He is still a man among boys! His WORSE season is a PRO BOWL for anyone else and now its the Playoffs he is getting BETTER. Goodell should charge the Patriots rent….THEY LIVE AT THE SUPER BOWL

  144. 10 straight AFC Championship games by the AFC East representative. No other division has a streak resembling that.

    If the AFC East winner mostly being the Patriots went one and done most of the time then there would be some credibility to the argument that the Patriots build their success on a weak division. That didn’t happen. 🙂

  145. daddeeo says:
    January 13, 2019 at 10:25 pm
    A great game coming up in KC. PATS win by 6.
    ——
    Pats are built for the freezing cold. Are the Chiefs? 🤔

  146. I like your idea of adding 2 more teams. Would it have been terrible to include the Steelers and Titans this year?

    I think the system needs tweaking. I thought it was unfair when Chargers won division with 8-8 record and got to host (and beat) the Colts who had a much better record. Similarly it’s inequitable that Pats had worse record yet get a first round bye plus home field advantage on opposite coast while Chargers have 3 road games.

    Pats dominated today, no question. Chargers would have been far more competitive if they’d also had a bye. Doesn’t the league want competitive games and parity?

    ——
    Extra incentive to win your division.

    You could say if the Chargers didn’t lay an egg against a team they dominated in the playoffs then they would be the 1 seed. Unfortunately for them that was the price they paid.

  147. boltschick says:
    January 14, 2019 at 12:35 am
    Another option for playoffs:
    Keep 6 teams and bye but re-seed teams at start of playoffs. Best records get byes and home games, regardless of whether you won your easy division.
    —-
    Then why have divisions at all?

  148. I woke up this morning and I swear I can still hear Rivers complaining about something still…… Dude, man up and play better…..

  149. bullcharger says:
    January 13, 2019 at 8:54 pm
    Nothing the Patriots want more than to embarrass KC in their house. Patriots have been waiting for this chance for 4 years

    —————————
    I dont think the Patriots are thinking any of that now or before. They are simply thinking the Chiefs are the next opponent.

  150. At what point does the “Philip Rivers is such a competitor” talk turn to “No player whines and throws temper tantrums like Philip Rivers”.

    He screams at his teammates on the field, he screams at the officials if a PI is not called on any incomplete pass and even when a Pats pass rusher tried holding him up to keep from falling he leaps into the air, spins around 180 degress in order to slap his hand off of him.

    Seems he cannot keep himself composed. This team could have all the talent in the world but seems to come up small in the big games.

  151. phinatic29 says:
    January 14, 2019 at 8:08 am
    this is how an entire nation suddenly became Chief fans.
    Mahomes is the goat, time to prove it.

    We need to permanently retire the GOAT acronym if you can achieve GOAT status with one great year.

    Let’s see Mahomes do this for 18 years with every record you can name, playoff, Super Bowl, and otherwise, where the number 2 guy is a very distant second.

    Maybe we can talk then, but the odds on that are infinitesimally low.

  152. ikeclanton says:
    January 14, 2019 at 9:12 am
    phinatic29 says:
    January 14, 2019 at 8:08 am
    this is how an entire nation suddenly became Chief fans.
    Mahomes is the goat, time to prove it.

    We need to permanently retire the GOAT acronym if you can achieve GOAT status with one great year.

    Let’s see Mahomes do this for 18 years with every record you can name, playoff, Super Bowl, and otherwise, where the number 2 guy is a very distant second.

    Maybe we can talk then, but the odds on that are infinitesimally low.

    ————————————————————————-

    Sorry ikeclanton …. Mahomes has already proved better than Brady, and he will prove it again on Sunday.

  153. To pretend they havent been caught cheating in the past and deserve their reputation is a trip down the river denial.
    suspensions and fines, which should have included vacating the associated trophies prove that they earned their reputation as being cheats.
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    On what planet does that make sense? Both infractions (one of which was fabricated and proven to not have happened) were minor at best. The proof being the Pats have continued to win and dominate after supposed “cheating”. Plus, every single team in the league has been caught doing something. Should we just vacate all SB wins given all 32 teams have that deserved reputation?

  154. I might be the only non-Pats fan that was glad to see them win. To be the best, you have to beat the best. I want my team tested against the very best. Like them or not, the Pats have proven year after year that they are the best.

    Hoping for a great game and a last second Chiefs FG for the win. It’s the only way Andy can finally exorcise ALL the demons.

  155. Deric Gregory says:
    January 13, 2019 at 9:48 pm
    Surprised all these Pats “fans” aren’t Chiefs fans yet. I guess when Brady retires, 90% of will slide over. You know they will. Bandwagoners are the worst.

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    Brady has been winning Super Bowls for 18 years. Many of the fans have been fans most of their life. No longer bandwagoners.

  156. superpatriotsfan says:
    January 14, 2019 at 9:59 am
    Interesting early in the game Patriots had several flags go in their favor that resulted in a first down for them when it should have been 4th down.

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    It wasn’t exactly interesting that the referees called penalties. That tends to happen in a football game.

  157. Platin says:
    January 14, 2019 at 8:49 am
    bullcharger says:
    January 13, 2019 at 8:54 pm
    Nothing the Patriots want more than to embarrass KC in their house. Patriots have been waiting for this chance for 4 years

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    I dont think the Patriots are thinking any of that now or before. They are simply thinking the Chiefs are the next opponent.

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    If you heard what Brady said after the game you realize there is some vitriol there. They are fired up.

  158. Christopher Hicks says:
    January 14, 2019 at 6:26 am
    Brady hasn’t won on the road in the playoffs since the 2004-2005 season. My money is on KC this week.

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    Except when they won at San Diego in 2006.

    Since then they had 3 road games, all against Peyton.

    2006 the Patriots got out to a big lead and had Rex Grossman waiting in the Super Bowl. Then they blew the game. Couldn’t ask for a much better game, particularly given the Patriots top WR was Reche Caldwell. That’s an all time classic.

    2013 the Broncos were just the better team. The Patriots tried to make a game of it late, but they couldn’t run the ball at all. They wouldn’t have won that game in 10 tries.

    2015 was another all time classic. Gostkowski missed extra point came back to haunt them on the last play when Brady missed the two point conversion to tie. Broncos D played amazing in that one. Miller made the play of the game when he picked off Brady in the Patriots end.

    No Peyton manning for this one, but Mahomes is a more than worthy adversary. Only thing I would say is in big games Belichick often finds a way. It took Peyton a long time to figure it out. Should be a fun one.

  159. The Gillette Triple Threat Strikes Again!

    Bill-Brady-Refs

    How many hugs did Brady get from the refs this time? How many 3rd down conversions did the refs get?

    Just a fan of the controversy.

    Enjoyed the game, expected the Pats to be in the Bowl yet again.

    Pats vs Saints in the Bowl…Pats will win yet again. Guess Roger owes Kraft for last year’s outcome with the Birds.

  160. superpatriotsfan says:
    January 14, 2019 at 9:59 am
    Interesting early in the game Patriots had several flags go in their favor that resulted in a first down for them when it should have been 4th down.

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    I saw 1 (one) where the DPI, while correct, was a bit ticky tack and I can admit had I been the ref I would have let them play. (The one where the defender grabbed at Edeman a little). The one where the guy had Gronk wrapped up in the end zone was a no brainer correct call.

    I did notice late in the game some very questionable calls against the Pats, several in fact. If I was going to be a conspiracy theorist I would say that was the NFL trying to get the point spread covered. But I dont by any means know that. It could have been coincidence and in any event the spread did not get covered.

  161. AS usual, not much competition in the AFC. How do you think the Cheaters got all those titles? Key word is mediocrity.

  162. I was pulling for the Chargers, NOT because I dislike the Patriots but because I’m a Rivers fan. The Patriots balled out on both sides of the ball. LAC’s DC should be ashamed of themselves for not making any adjustments to what NE was doing. Maybe nothing LAC did would’ve worked and NE would’ve continued to roll. But if Plan A isn’t working, you’ve got to have a Plan B, C, etc, etc. Maybe Plan B or Plan C wouldn’t have worked either. But don’t stick with Plan A the entire game, when EVERYONE sees it’s NOT working.

  163. After reading some of the comments here, I’m left wondering how and why Philip Rivers is responsible for the poor play of the Charger defense. If the Charger defense had managed to put up a fight in the first half, it would have been a decent football game. Rivers doesn’t deserve the flak for that.

  164. bullcharger says:
    January 14, 2019 at 10:09 am
    Platin says:
    January 14, 2019 at 8:49 am
    bullcharger says:
    January 13, 2019 at 8:54 pm
    Nothing the Patriots want more than to embarrass KC in their house. Patriots have been waiting for this chance for 4 years

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    I dont think the Patriots are thinking any of that now or before. They are simply thinking the Chiefs are the next opponent.

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    If you heard what Brady said after the game you realize there is some vitriol there. They are fired up.

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    I heard that one little half sentence but that by itself doesnt say vendetta to me. Plus they were trying to bait more out of him and couldn’t get it. He is too bought into Belichicks ways for me to think he cant maintain the mental discipline at this point. Its late Monday morning so by now the week’s kickoff meeting has already taken place. I am sure they are now all completely grounded and following their normal methodology of focusing completely on the next opponent and nothing else.

    This next opponent is indeed quite incredibly tough so even if the Patriots are back to their classic form I still dont make any predictions who will beat who here.

  165. vaphinfan says:
    January 13, 2019 at 4:50 pm
    But tylawpic6 says Goodell cheats the Patriots. How can this happen?

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    Don’t you worry…Goodell’s henchmen will be out in FULL FORCE sunday night.

    Pats fans knwo this as do the Pats themselves. They will have to beat the Chiefs and the Goodell henchmen.

  166. *sigh*
    It was like watching a rerun of a canceled show. Seen this game before. Belichick creates perfect game plan and out coaches Charger Coach (wheoever it is at the time). Chargers get jittery and shoot themselves in the foot. Patriots build huge lead and never look back. Rivers is constantly under pressure behind a terrible O-Line.
    I feel bad for Rivers. He gets this terrible reputation of not being great in the playoffs but that is impossible to do as a QB when your O-line fails, heck even the GOAT would be helpless there.
    I hated hearing the rhetoric of how the Patriots were on the decline and the dynasty was coming to an end. I knew that would be fuel. They went 11-5! that is a great season even by their standards.
    I have no love for the Patriots but man do I have RESPECT for how well they gameplan and how well they execute. I have rarely see costly mistakes from them. I hope to one day see game where the chargers can match the Patriots in gameplan, execution and fire when playing them. Yesterday was not that day.

  167. phinatic29 says:
    January 14, 2019 at 9:48 am
    ikeclanton says:
    January 14, 2019 at 9:12 am
    phinatic29 says:
    January 14, 2019 at 8:08 am
    this is how an entire nation suddenly became Chief fans.
    Mahomes is the goat, time to prove it.

    We need to permanently retire the GOAT acronym if you can achieve GOAT status with one great year.

    Let’s see Mahomes do this for 18 years with every record you can name, playoff, Super Bowl, and otherwise, where the number 2 guy is a very distant second.

    Maybe we can talk then, but the odds on that are infinitesimally low.

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    Sorry ikeclanton …. Mahomes has already proved better than Brady, and he will prove it again on Sunday.

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    I think Mahomes is fantastic. If you’re comparing the 2 QB’s on this one season then who’s to argue, but you said GOAT. I thought the back end of that acronym meant “of all time”? By the way, can we factor in that one guy is 18 years older than the other guy? And that guy happened to win the MVP just last year.

    Mahomes is GOTY (greatest of this year) for sure. But GOAT? Makes no sense.

    There are countless examples (Wentz, Carr, Prescott to name a few) just recently that prove this point.

  168. Christopher Hicks says:
    January 14, 2019 at 6:26 am
    Brady hasn’t won on the road in the playoffs since the 2004-2005 season. My money is on KC this week.
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    Well except for beating San Diego in Qualcomm in 2006…

    Aside from that I’m not sure what your point is, since the Patriots rarely have road playoff games. Since 2006, there’s been what, 2 games outside Gillette?

  169. What happened to all that “9-0 on the road” and “Should’ve won the division” stuff about the Chargers? Oh…that’s right, Phillip Rivers went all Phyllis Rivers…AGAIN!

  170. Brady has been to conference championship games much more often than not in his career. That is utterly amazing!

    17 years as a healthy starter (including 2001 but not 2008) and 13 games? Has that ever even been approached before?

    Montana went to 7 and was 4 and 3. Brady has been to 12 and is 8-4? That’s a pretty amazing statistic!

  171. Sorry ikeclanton …. Mahomes has already proved better than Brady, and he will prove it again on Sunday.

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    Really? How many SBs has he won? How many postseason games has he won? How many regular season games has he won? And just for a laugh, what is is head-to head win/loss record against Brady?

    Let’s see where he stands in about 15 years….until then he is just a kid who had one great season. Jeff George approves.

  172. phinatic29 says:
    January 14, 2019 at 9:48 am

    Sorry ikeclanton …. Mahomes has already proved better than Brady, and he will prove it again on Sunday.

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    Mahomes has put in a masterful year, no matter what happens this week thats already a given. But he has to put in 17 more of them before your claim will stand up.

  173. Christopher Hicks says:
    January 14, 2019 at 6:26 am
    Brady hasn’t won on the road in the playoffs since the 2004-2005 season. My money is on KC this week.
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    .600 postseason road record.

    5-3 in Super bowls and 1-1 in non Superbowl playoff games. So a total of 6-4 postseason away from Gillette.

  174. Christopher Hicks says:
    January 14, 2019 at 6:26 am
    Brady hasn’t won on the road in the playoffs since the 2004-2005 season. My money is on KC this week.
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    That’s because they are at home almost every year. You can’t win games you don’t play.
    The Chiefs also have not won a Super Bowl in 49 years. Doesn’t mean they can’t do it.

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