Why Sony Michel's big game is even bigger deal considering Patriots play Chiefs next week

Ryan Hannable
January 13, 2019 - 7:30 pm

FOXBORO -- It sure didn't look like Sony Michel's first playoff game Sunday afternoon against the Chargers.

The rookie running back ran for 129 yards and three touchdowns, all in the first half, on 24 carries. Michel became the first Patriots rookie to have a 100-yard game in the postseason and is the first Patriots rookie to have multiple touchdowns in a playoff game.

"He did have a great game," Tom Brady said. "He's just had a great year. He's just battled and fought hard and I really love Sony as a person and his commitment to the team. He's just been a lot of fun to be out there with. He's making a lot of hard yards and he had a great game today. Great to see."

Michel's best run wasn't a touchdown, rather a 40-yard run in the second quarter.

"Every play, the mindset is to gain great yardage and score a touchdown," he said of the play. "I mean, there was daylight in front of me, there was really no reason why I shouldn’t have scored, but it played out how it played out. There’s great players on the other side of the ball. They made a great play, but it was a great team gain."

While of course it was great to see Michel have a big day, it was especially nice considering who the Patriots will play in the AFC title game -- the Chiefs.

Kansas City had a tough time against the run this season, finishing the regular season ranked 27th in run defense and allowed the third-most touchdowns in the entire league. Prior to allowing just 87 yards Saturday to the Colts, it had allowed over 100 yards on the ground in five straight games to close the season.

Not only can it be effective in moving the ball, it can also be effective in keeping the powerful Kansas City offense off the field.

It may not be in the Patriots' best interest to get into a shootout against the Chiefs, so it could be another big Michel day.

This may the different between the Patriots reaching a third straight Super Bowl or not.


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