Chiefs to host Patriots in AFC title game

Kansas City Chiefs quarterback Patrick Mahomes (15) calls signals at the line of scrimmage during the first half of an NFL football game against the New England Patriots, Sunday, Oct. 14, 2018, in Foxborough, Mass. (AP Photo/Steven Senne)
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(WIBW) -- FIrst and foremost, the AFC Championship will be aired on WIBW on Sunday, Jan. 20, at 5:40 p.m.


For the first time in the history of the franchise, the Kansas City Chiefs will host the AFC Championship. Next Sunday, they'll face a team that's made it to this round eight-straight times.

Oh, and a player that is the sport of football's most successful postseason quarterback with five Super Bowl rings and eight AFC titles: Tom Brady.

Sunday will mark the 13th time in New England's Brady/Belichick era that the Patriots have made it to the AFC title game (16th overall in franchise history).

The Pats, however, are also 0-3 in AFC Championships on the road since the 2006 season, and the last time New England came to Kansas City, it didn't bode well for the visitors.

That was week one of the 2014 season, and the Chiefs blazed an incredulous Patriots team 41-14. After that, the two teams played three more times with KC only failing to score over 40 points in one of those matchups.

One of those three high-scoring affairs come in October of this season at Gillette. The Chiefs got down early, taking a 15-point deficit into the half, and rode a third quarter surge to take the lead. New England would edge Kansas City by a made field goal on the game's final play.

Patrick Mahomes threw for 352 yards and four touchdowns in that Sunday night showdown--his first loss as a starter. Brady threw for 340 yards.

This Sunday, the two teams meet again to decide which sits on top of the AFC.

For Kansas City, the 31-13 win over the Colts marked the first playoff win since 2015, and the first playoff win at Arrowhead since 1993.

There's been more "firsts" for the Chiefs this entire season than for their battle-tested counterparts. More new trail to blaze and more stigma to break.

New England, however, does get one: the Chiefs are favored to win by 3 points, the first time in 67-straight games that the Pats are the underdog.

So... first and foremost, welcome to Kansas City.