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News Blitz 1/11: Patriots are on to Kansas City

Today’s News Blitz begins to break down Saturday’s Divisional Playoff between New England and Kansas City at Gillette Stadium.


After a week spent with some self-scouting, healing and waiting, New England now knows the challenge it will face this Saturday evening at Gillette Stadium.

The Patriots will host the Chiefs in the AFC Divisional Playoff, thanks to Kansas City's domination over the Texans and Pittsburgh's crazy victory over the Bengals.

The Boston Globe says the Chiefs are the worst possible opponent for the Patriots. Globe columnist Chris Gasper says that if New England is to advance to its fifth straight AFC title game it will have to do it the hard way with a victory over the formidable Chiefs. The paper notes Bill Belichick saying he'll definitely study last year’s embarrassing loss in Kansas City that helped ignite a New England Super Bowl run.

The Boston Herald compares the Patriots focus with the lack of control the Bengals showed in an embarrassing loss on Wild Card Weekend. The *Herald *notes that the Chiefs will be a problem if the Patriots “don’t show up.” There will be plenty of talk about New England’s September 2014 loss in Kansas City. passes along Brady talking about the Chiefs “winning formula.” The site notes that Brady and Julian Edelman have been putting in extra time behind the scenes as the receiver works to return from a broken foot. breaks down a Kansas City team with five Pro Bowl players and a “stingy D.” has a primer for this coming weekend’s playoff games, including the Chiefs visit to New England.

Flipping the script a bit, the Kansas City Star offers up its readers nine things to know about the Patriots. says the Patriots should still be the favorite in the AFC, but the road has gotten a little tougher.

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