Chris Hogan was unsung hero in win over Chiefs: 'It’s pretty unbelievable'

Ryan Hannable
January 21, 2019 - 12:32 am

KANSAS CITY -- This year certainly didn't go the way Chris Hogan would have wanted it to.

The veteran wide receiver, who is in a contract year, finished the regular season with only 35 catches for 532 yards and three touchdowns. Certainly, that wasn't what he was looking for, but he put all that aside and stepped up big time when the Patriots needed him down the stretch in the AFC championship.

Hogan finished with five catches for 45 yards -- all in the second half and overtime. 

There was no bigger catch than on third-and-8 with 6:25 remaining. Hogan dove and made a spectacular catch, keeping the ball in his hands as he hit the ground. The play stood following a replay and kept the drive alive when the Patriots were trailing by four at the time.

Hogan said he believed he caught it the whole time.

“It was tight coverage, he was up there, I had to kind of get through him," Hogan said. "I knew I had a good chance of getting the ball if I got over into Tom’s vision. He trusted me, stayed with me. And I knew I had to make a play.”

The Patriots went 13-for-19 on third down, including their last four of the game.

“Big time players," Hogan said. "Julian, Gronk, Sony, Rex, James, CP, Phillip. You go down the list, man. Everyone is capable of stepping up and making plays in these big-time situations. We needed them today and we got them.”

The Patriots will now play in their third straight Super Bowl.

“It’s pretty unbelievable," he said. "All I can say is this locker room, and the guys in here, I am so unbelievably proud of everyone with how hard we’ve worked this season. There’s been a lot of ups and downs. A lot of people counted us out in the beginning and didn’t think we could come and win on the road. We just stayed with each other. Believed in each other, believed in our abilities and ourselves as a team. We knew if we came out and prepared we could get to where we wanted to be.

"We did, and we have a little bit of more work to do now."

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