3. Winning on the Road toward #6: AFC Championship New England Patriots @ Kansas City Chiefs
The New England Patriots traveled to Kansas City in the 2019 AFC Championship Game after a season in which they did not play well at all on the road.
The Chiefs were built as the team of the future, led by their young quarterback Patrick Mahomes. They were stacked on offense and on defense to go along with the loud crowd in Arrowhead Stadium. Momentum was on their side, as well as history, because the Patriots did not play well in Kansas City — and especially not on the road in 2018, as all five of their losses that season came on the road.
The recipe was there for the season to end for New England and the proverbial torch to be passed from Tom Brady to Mahomes. New England quickly jumped ahead of the Chiefs in the first half somehow though by a score of 14-0, with Sony Michel punching the ball in from the 1-yard line and then Brady finding Philip Dorsett for a 29-yard pass to quiet the Chiefs fans.
Coming out of halftime, Travis Kelce put Kansas City on the board, but New England quickly countered to take a 10-point lead heading into the 4th quarter.
It was a wild quarter indeed, as both teams swapped points — and both teams exchanged the lead five times. With less than three minutes left to go, both teams marched down the field and scored a total of four times — stunning the crowd and even the commentators.
Overtime was needed to decide who would go to the Super Bowl, and New England won the toss and took the ball down the field to win the game. But that drive was legendary, as they faced three 3rd-and-long situations, and each time they converted thanks to Julian Edelman and Rob Gronkowski.
Rex Burkhead sent the Patriots to the Super Bowl, and they finally won a game on the road. I get goosebumps just thinking about it.