Rex Burkhead explains extra motivation for late 2 touchdowns

Ryan Hannable
January 21, 2019 - 8:58 am

KANSAS CITY -- Rex Burkhead was one of the heroes in Sunday's 37-31 overtime win over the Chiefs thanks to his game-winning touchdown on the first drive of overtime.

But, before the run, Burkhead was most remembered in the game for being stopped on fourth-and-1 early in the fourth quarter when the Patriots were up 17-14. 

The 28-year-old was determined to flip the script.

“It’s frustrating when you don’t convert on a fourth and short, of course,” Burkhead said. “Definitely had some motivation to get out there and make some plays.”

Burkhead finished the game with 12 carries for 41 yards and two touchdowns -- both coming on the final two Patriots drives.

“It’s fun,” he said when asked about the final play. “You get in and hear everyone screaming. Not the fans in this case, but your teammates lift you up. It’s a great feeling. I’m just happy to be part of this team and have another chance at a Super Bowl.”

It has to be a good feeling for Burkhead, who spent the majority of the year on injured reserve after suffering a neck injury in Week 3.

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