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News Blitz 1/17: Patriots as AFCC underdogs?

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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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