Footage has emerged of the Patriots being escorted through traffic before they travel to Kansas City for Monday night’s game and it’s wild.
The NFL has unsurprisingly rushed into completing the Patriots and Chiefs’ matchup in the wake of quarterback Cam Newton testing positive for COVID-19 this weekend, a little over 24 hours before the originally scheduled kickoff on Sunday.
After initial fears about the game being postponed until later in the season, it was ultimately pushed back just one day. Barring any last-minute changes, the AFC rivals will get things started at Arrowhead on Monday night at 7:05 p.m. ET.
The Patriots are understandably being cautious with their travel plans, and footage actually surfaced of local traffic being stopped amid their escort to Logan Airport. It’s worth noting that team escorts are normal ahead of a road game, but the unprecedented circumstances surrounding them following Newton’s diagnosis make this last-minute mad dash crazy to witness. Stand aside, commuters! We have a game in literally a few hours!
Per reports, the Patriots will take two planes to KC, and one will carry close to 20 players who came in close contact with Newton leading up to his positive test. When you consider that the former MVP practiced all week, it really isn’t surprising that number is so high. The other plane, meanwhile, will carry the rest of the team, including players and coaching staff.
Whether we agree with the league’s executive decision (we don’t) of playing the game essentially as scheduled doesn’t matter, but New England’s travel plans indicate they aren’t entirely confident in their safety, despite the fact that they’ve had three consecutive days of negative tests.
According to ESPN insider Adam Schefter, the Patriots’ overnight PCR test results all came back negative, which gave them the green light to fly to KC. As reassuring as that sounds, however, the league isn’t totally in the clear just yet.
The Patriots will reportedly undergo further COVID-19 testing upon their arrival in Arrowhead to ensure nobody presented the virus between the time their flight took off and when they checked into their hotel, so fans should stay tuned for updates.
The sheer optic behind the Patriots’ situation is just so bizarre, and we’ll keep our fingers crossed that they continue to dodge a potential outbreak in the hours leading up to their showdown with the defending champs on Monday night.