Julian Edelman’s tipped-pass reception helped the New England Patriots hold off the Kansas City Chiefs 27–20 on Saturday to advance to the AFC championship game.
After a rushing score from Chiefs running back Charcandrick West made the score 27–20, Kansas City attempted to stop New England and use their three remaining timeouts to earn one final possession. After the Patriots lost two yards on a first-and-10 run, coach Andy Reid stopped the clock.
On second-and-12, Tom Brady elected to throw, and was nearly intercepted. The ball was deflected into the air, hit tight end Rob Gronkowski, and fell into the arms of wideout Julian Edelman for a game-sealing first-down.
- Kenny Ducey