How to watch, stream Sunday's Patriots-Chiefs AFC championship game

Scott McLaughlin
January 20, 2019 - 8:00 am

The Patriots are in the AFC championship game for the eighth straight year and the 13th time overall in the Tom Brady-Bill Belichick era. Unlike most of those years, they enter Sunday’s game as the underdog, a role they’ve seemed to embrace.

It’s easy to see why the Chiefs are favored. They’re the No. 1 seed. They’re at home, where they’re 8-1 this season. The Patriots have struggled on the road, going just 3-5 away from Foxboro. The Chiefs have the league’s best offense, led by probable league MVP Patrick Mahomes, who threw for 5,097 yards and 50 touchdowns this season.

But as we’ve learned many times over the years, it would be foolish to dismiss Brady, Belichick and the Patriots. This is a squad that’s won this game and advanced to the Super Bowl each of the last two years, three of the last four, and eight times overall since 2001.

The Patriots also beat the Chiefs back in Week 6 this season, although that game was at Gillette Stadium. That was a thrilling shootout that the Patriots won on a last-second field goal from Stephen Gostkowski. Brady threw for 340 yards, one touchdown and no picks, while Mahomes threw for 352 yards, four touchdowns and two interceptions.

Two players who had big offensive games then will be among the keys again Sunday. Patriots running back Sony Michel ran for 106 yards and two touchdowns and will look to once again take advantage of the Chiefs’ 27th-ranked run defense. Meanwhile, Kansas City wide receiver Tyreek Hill had seven catches for 142 yards and three touchdowns, and finding a way to slow him down will be a major challenge for the New England defense.

The Patriots won’t have to deal with another Chief who has torched them in the past, though, as running back Kareem Hunt was released from the team late in the regular season after a video surfaced showing him shoving and kicking a woman. Damien Williams has proven an effective replacement on the ground, but he isn’t as dangerous in the passing game as Hunt was.

The winner of Sunday’s game will advance to Super Bowl LIII in Atlanta, where they’ll face the winner of Sunday’s NFC championship game between the New Orleans Saints and Los Angeles Rams.

Here’s how you can watch Sunday’s game:

Date: Sunday, Jan. 20

Time: 6:40 p.m.

TV Channel: CBS

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