Sony Michel compares nerves for AFC championship game to taking a test

Ryan Hannable
January 18, 2019 - 3:56 pm

FOXBORO -- Playing in a big game like the AFC championship can come with a lot of nerves.

Heck, even Bill Belichick admitted he gets nervous before games.

But, when speaking Friday inside the Patriots locker room, rookie running back Sony Michel made a good comparison when he said it's like taking a test.

“It’s like taking a test,” he said. “If you walk into the class and you’re prepared for it, you’re going to ace it. If you walk in not prepared, now you’re nervous and you feel like you’re going to fail.”

Michel said he won't change much just because it is a title game.

“It’s kind of just keeping that same mindset," he said. "Just keep grinding. Try to be consistent. Not really changing anything, just keep doing what we’ve been doing. Focusing on what you’ve been focusing on and everything will happen for itself.”

The Georgia product was instrumental in the divisional round win over the Chargers, as he ran for 129 yards and three touchdown in the win. The Patriots are 7-0 when he rushes for more than 60 yards this season. 

Michel is primed to have a big game considering the Chiefs finished the regular season ranked 27th against the run and allowed over 100 yards as a team in 12 of their 17 games.

“[They’re] playing some good football," he said. "[We’ve] just got to be prepared for a good matchup. I’m sure they’re going to come out and be swinging and we’ve just got to be able to swing back."

For the Patriots, the success of Michel could be the difference between winning and losing.

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