A lot of people expected the Chargers’ exit from the playoff to occur in the Wild Card game in Baltimore. The Chargers were able to hold off the Ravens for the right to take another trip out east to face the Patriots in the Divisional round. And that’s where it all came crashing down in a game with a final score that didn’t accurately reflect the drubbing that occurred.
From the opening kickoff the Patriots handled the Chargers. They went on an 83-yard touchdown drive to open things up. The Chargers would respond with a TD drive of their own. But from there, it was all Patriots.
This one was over by halftime with the Patriots leading 35-7 and running back Sony Michel scoring a TD hat trick.
We’ve seen teams come back from deficits that big before, but this was not one of those times. If you’ll recall the Colts came back from the exact same deficit (38-10) to beat the Chiefs 45-44 in the 2013 playoffs.
Those two teams got a rematch Saturday with the Chiefs again taking a big lead over the Colts. But this time there would be no comeback as they would dominate the Colts on both sides of the ball.
Two seeming juggernauts in the top seed Chiefs and two seed Patriots will collide next weekend in Kansas City for the AFC Championship game.
Forcing the Patriots on the road is the best chance to beat them. Especially in a notoriously loud Arrowhead Stadium.
The game will also feature likely league MVP Patrick Mahomes versus Tom Brady. If there’s any QB in the league right now who could outscore the Patriots, it’s Mahomes who threw for over 5000 yards and 50 touchdowns this season.
Raiders fans don’t like the Chiefs much. They don’t like the Patriots much either. Really no one likes the Patriots much. Yes, I’m being kind. Despite how hard it may be to watch for many of you, it should be a good game.