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News Blitz 1/17: Patriots as AFCC underdogs?

A roundup of Patriots news.


First it was the weather. Now, it seems the theme of AFC Championship Week is the perception – real or otherwise – that New England is an underdog to the Kansas City Chiefs in this game.

A sarcastic **ESPN blog** post isn't buying it. Nor are the Chiefs, as the **Kansas City Star** reports. A **Boston Globe** columnist doesn't believe it, either.

Meanwhile, a writer for **The Athletic** website goes back to former Patriots players for advice on how this team can win a playoff game on the road.

A **Boston Sports Journal** analyst says there's a common weak link between last week's foe, the Chargers, and the Chiefs this week.

An **NBC Sports Boston** writer explains why fourth down will be a deciding feature of this game.

A **MassLive** blogger breaks down each position in a tale-of-the-tape analysis to arrive at a final score prediction for the AFC title tilt.

In **The Providence Journal,** you'll read about how the Patriots' defense learned from its mistakes in the Week 6 meeting with K.C.

The **Boston Herald** provides a nice feature on special teams maven Albert McClellan.

Finally, it looks as if Arrowhead Stadium's playing surface is undergoing a partial facelift, as you'll see on **98.5 The Sport Hub’s website**.

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