This AFC Title would be the greatest of the Brady/Belichick era

A win on Sunday in Arrowhead Stadium would be the greatest road win in New England Patriots history.

After a season chalk full of woes it would be Brady and Bill’s ultimate achievement to get this team into the Super Bowl and possibly win it.

For those of you who think that me saying that this would be the ‘best Patriot road win ever’ is crazy…well is it actually?

The Pats rarely have played road playoff games (Super Bowls don’t count people, it’s a neutral site) but here’s a list of their road postseason wins thus far in the BB Era (in order of most recent):

-2006: @ San Diego- Sadly, this was the last time the Patriots won a road playoff game. I remember watching this game with my dad and being on cloud nine after shutting up those a-holes (Ladainian Tomlinson, Shawn Merriman, etc) from Cali. The Chargers were the one seed that season after going 14-2 and they were damn good, but the Pats went in there with a shitty receiving core and took down the divas. It’s too bad that the following week we fell to Indy after blowing a 21-3 lead, arguably the toughest loss of the era but that’s a blog for another day.

-2004: @ Pittsburgh- En route to the Patriots third Super Bowl title they paid a visit to the 15-1 Steelers in the AFC Championship. I was young, 5th grade to be exact, but I remember being nervous about this one. Earlier that year the Steelers handed the Pats a big fat loss in Pitt and their new QB Ben Roethlisberger, you may have heard of him, was 15-0 on the season as a starter. From the get go the Pats unleashed an epic gameplan, much like they did on Sunday against LA, and DESTROYED the Steelers 41-27.

-2001: @ Pittsburgh- The Cinderella Patriots were hot off a “Snow Bowl” win against Oakland and they were tasked to take on the one seed Steelers in Pittsburgh. The big story going into the game was that the Steelers and their families had already booked their flights to New Orleans for the Super Bowl (there was no bye week in between that season due to 9/11). This was one of the first examples of “bulletin board material” that Belichick would become famous for using to motivate his guys. The Pats were pissed and they came out fighting, however bad luck struck New England early as first year QB Tom Brady left the game with a bad knee/ankle injury after a low hit. In steps Drew Bledsoe for his final performance as a Patriot and he didn’t disappoint, sending the Pats to the Super Bowl via a 24-14 victory. Thanks Drew! We’ll always love you in New England.

So there you have it, the three road playoff wins of the Brady/Belichick era. Since 2001 the Pats are 3-4 on the road in the playoffs. Three of the losses were in Denver and one was in Indianapolis. Three of those four were also against Peyton Manning (and a shoutout to 2005 Jake Plummer).

The Chiefs might be the best team in the NFL and Arrowhead is one of the loudest if not THE loudest stadium in the league so that’s what I think would separate it from those other wins (knock on wood). That combined with the fact that Arrowhead has been a house of horrors for Brady (1-2 in Arrowhead with three TD’s and six picks).

This is nowhere near an impossible feat for the Pats. It’s only Patrick Mahomes’ second career playoff game, the KC defense STINKS, and the Chiefs and Andy Reid are famous for choking in the playoffs. The Patriots certainly have their own flaws though, especially on the road this season, and that’s what makes this game a big question mark to me.

If the Pats want to go to Atlanta for a shot at a sixth Super Bowl title they’re going to have to win a road playoff game for the first time in 13 years, their most difficult one yet.

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