Pats Advance to their Ninth Super Bowl in the Brady-Belichick Era

Tom Brady Continues To Be Mr. Clutch

KANSAS CITY, Mo - Tom Brady does it again. In one of the craziest games in NFL history, the Pats prevailed 37-31 in overtime to advance to their ninth Super Bowl in the Brady/Belichick era. The Pats took the ball in overtime and Brady was his true masterful self. There is an expression that old warhorses don’t die easily or at least Pats Maven just made it up. Julian Edelman, Rob Gronkowski and Brady were all masterful late in the game.

“These memories last a lifetime,” Brady said. "I am blessed to find something that I love to do and love to work at. That has probably been the biggest blessing in my life. Every year we start at a different place and I love the grind of it."

Brady told Pats Maven that these games are far easier to play in than watch. The Pats converted three third-and-10 plays in overtime - two to Julian Edelman and one to Rob Gronkowski. Rex Burkhead finished off the Chiefs with a four-yard run. It was his second touchdown run of the game.

The Pats dominated the first half - leading 14-0. It should have been 21-0 if not for a Tom Brady interception at the Chiefs 1. He tried to force the ball to Rob Gronkowski in the end zone and Chiefs linebacker Reggie Ragland intercepted the pass. Even though, the Pats were trying to run out the clock at the end of the half, they picked up a critical third down completion to James White. Several plays later, Brady hit Phillip Dorsett in the end zone for a 14-0 lead. Tyreek Hill had his only catch of the day in the first half.

The Chiefs responded with attitude in the second half. They made the score 14-7 on their opening drive of the second half in only four plays. Sammy Watkins had a long catch on the drive. The Pats then made the score 17-7 after a Stephen Gostkowski field goal. The Chiefs then scored 14 unanswered points to make the score 21-17. Andy Reid noticed that the Pats couldn't cover Damien Williams and he had two touchdown catches. The Pats made the score 24-21 after a long Tom Brady drive that was capped by a beautiful Sony Michel touchdown run on fourth and one. The Chiefs could not stop Michel who had 29 rushes for 113 yards. Brady said that running the ball well is the best way to win on the road.

"That travels in any condition, any environment," Brady said. "Sony ran his butt off, Rex ran his butt off. I have been swearing too much the last 30 minutes."

The Chiefs responded with a touchdown drive of their own to make the score 28-24. There were two questionable calls on J.C. Jackson including a pass interference call that gave the Chiefs a big first down. Surely, Pats fans would be upset about those plays for a long time to come if the team had lost.

The Pats made the score 31-28 on six-play 55-yard drive. The highlight was two plays; a beautiful one-handed catch to Chris Hogan and a 25-yard completion to Rob Gronkowski that got the Pats to the 4-yard line. Rex Burkhead had a 4-yard touchdown run to make the score 31-28. Patrick Mahomes didn't give up - taking the Chiefs into field goal range in only three plays. Brady said Gronkowski does everything the Pats ask him to do. Brady added that Gronkowski is a great teammate and friend.

"I feel lucky to play with him as long as I have," Brady said.

That luck for the Pats continued into the overtime when they won the coin toss. Gronkowski had two big catches. One in overtime and one on the Pats drive that gave them the 31-28 lead.

Brady could not have been happier after the game. He said this year was unusual because the Pats faced adversity with their slow start at 1-2 and the rotation at receiver.

The Pats now must win one more game for Brady and Belichick to get their sixth Super Bowl title.

Pats fans, who were stuck in the snow all day, can at last be happy.