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Patriots defeat Chiefs 27-20 in AFC divisional round game
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Patriots defeat Chiefs 27-20 in AFC divisional round game
Sunday January 17th, 2016

Andy Reid’s clock management may have cost the Kansas City Chiefs a chance to beat the New England Patriots in the divisional round on Saturday.

Down 27–13 at the 6:29 mark in the fourth quarter, the Chiefs began to drive. Alex Smith made big throws, connecting with Chris Conley on a third-and-8, and a minute later hitting Jason Avant on fourth-and-8.

They entered Patriots territory and advanced the ball to the 26-yard line before New England burned a timeout with 3:30 left. Things were moving along swiftly.

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Reid and the Chiefs then managed to run just three plays before the two-minute warning.

After a short run, and a 19-yard pass, Kansas City ran the ball with Charcandrick West on 1st-and-goal from the 1-yard line for a loss of one. They let 30 seconds tick off before the clock stopped at 2:00.

Things got worse when the Chiefs actually huddled two plays later at the 1:38 mark, wasting more time before third-and-goal.

West eventually ran the ball in for a touchdown with just 1:13 remaining.

EXTRA MUSTARD: Reid had his challenge flag stolen right out of his pocket

Kansas City nearly stopped New England and secured one final possession, but Julian Edelman made a first-down catch off a deflected pass to seal the game.

- Kenny Ducey

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