It has been a roller coaster ride, this week, this season, and this 2015 for the Patriots. From DeflateGate, to the Super Bowl. From the suspension to the banners revealing. From a crazy week to an awesome win in the Divisional Round. The Pats outscored the Chiefs 27-20. The game broke many records. Gronk now leads all tight ends in playoff touchdowns, and all Pats players in playoff receptions. He has never been on a team that has not advanced to the AFC Championship. It’s also Tom Brady’s 30th playoff game, the most by any NFL player in history!! This is also only the 2nd time a team has gone to 5 straight conference championships, tying the record set by a 1970’s Pittsburgh Steelers squad.
Now let’s talk about the exciting ending first. The Pats led 27-13 after 2 30-40 yard field goals by Stephen Gostkowski. The Chiefs had difficulty managing the clock. They blew about 5 minutes. They were hesitating, taking their time on play after play. They had blown it with 1 minute to goal on 3rd and goal when there was a flag. Pass interference on the Pats. It reset to 1st and goal. On 2nd down, they scored. It was now 27-20. The Pats just needed one first down. 2nd and 12. Brady threw. The ball bounces of a defender’s hip. Tamba Hali misses it and Edelman makes the first down catch!!!! All TB12 had to do was take a knee 3 times and it was over! Well, how did we get there. It all started opening drive.
It was 3rd down. Brady had struggled on 3rd down conversions ever since Edelman got hurt. But he was back. He proved it. Brady threw to his favorite receiver, and Edelman, he caught it, for a first down! Next play went to Edelman for 13 yards again!!!! Then 16 yards to Amendola the very next play!!! They were doing hurry-up offense, just pass after pass after pass to Brady’s best slot receivers. Healthy and dominant as they could be. Then he got to third down again, and got to Gronk for 32 yards!!! He jumped over defenders and broke tackles, but he got there. Two plays later, touchdown Gronk!!! That was all on the 1st drive. 5 minutes, 11 plays, 80 yards and a touchdown!!!!
The following drive ate up 8 minutes of clock, and ended with a 34 yard field goal. 7-3 Pats. It ended the 1st quarter at that score. The 2nd quarter started with 3 short drives, ending in punts. After a quick first down to Edelman, then a 5 yard penalty. Brady threw an amazing pass, Edelman bobbled it, but lost it!!! But Keshawn Martin was wide open right in front of him and he caught it!!!! A 42 yard pass!!! The offense was booming!!! They slowly got through to the red zone from the 50, and it was first and goal. Tom Brady ran it in for 10 yards and thought it was a touchdown but it was called out of bounds at the 1!!! Belichick challenged, but lost as the call stood. No worries, he had a QB sneak up the middle for a TD!!! 14-3. The following drive was a field goal again. 14-6 Pats. The pattern was, touchdown Pats, and the next drive, the Chiefs would score a field goal. “If they keep scoring touchdowns, and the Chiefs keep scoring field goals, you know who will win”, I said to my dad right then.
“I can live with that”, he said. The half ended soon after. The Chiefs got the ball, they had won the toss and deferred. They were marching down the field, but on 2nd and 8, Knile Davis fumbled and Dont’ a Hightower got it!!! The offense did its thing. Gronk for 18 yards. Edelman runs for as many yards as his own jersey number!!! 14 yard pass to Edelman! 10 yards to James White. Then Gronk scrambled for his second TD of the night, this time for 16 yards, double the yards of #1. That’s when he broke the record. He didn’t spike it, he was so happy, he just danced. But next drive, things changed.
The Chiefs went to Jason Avant for 26 yards!!! This is a former Eagles second-string who is now and old and washed up Chiefs sleep receiver. He had 2 receptions for 69 yards. Then 13 yards to Kelce. They were slowly marching down the field, Alex Smith doing his usual thing of lots of short plays for big total yardage. He went for it to Chris Conley, but was incomplete. But after a 5 yard penalty on the Pats, they easily went to Albert Wilson for a touchdown. They had broke the pattern. It was now 21-13 Pats. Next drive though, James White caught a 29 yard pass. Then he went to Edelman for 14.
The quarter ended, and they lost their momentum but managed a 40 yard field goal, a solid one. 24-13. After a quick Chandler Jones sack, the Pats got the ball back at like the 30. On 4th down, Duron Harmon’s so-called interception was called back for an incomplete pass and turnover on downs, but thankfully it saved us 30 yards. Keshawn Martin got a 15 yarder, but they had to settle for a 32 yard field goal. 27-13. We led by two touchdowns. Then the Chiefs scored their TD after horrible clock management, and Brady finished the game.
Tomorrow the Broncos and Steelers play. The winner plays us. What do you think. Will we host a banged up Steelers team or go to Denver against the dominant Broncos, where we lost in Week 12? Comment what you think. Whoever we play, “We’re on to the AFC Championship.”
Star Of The Game: Rob Gronkowski
Of course Gronk earned this. Two touchdowns, eight total in the playoffs any year, most by a tight end in playoff history. Also, Gronk leads the Pats in playoff receptions ever. Gronk had several deep passes, which he is not known for and despite back trouble and knee troubled, he also caused Chiefs trouble. He also had some good blocks to help Edelman star in his return. He led the Pats to revenge for an ugly game.