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12-4, 1st in AFC West
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Chiefs fire DC Sutton after loss to Patriots

Defensive coordinator Bob Sutton was fired by the Kansas City Chiefs on Tuesday, two days after Sunday's loss to the New England Patriots in the AFC Championship Game.

Chiefs fire DC Bob Sutton (1:39)
Kellerman: Reid needs to be better in the playoffs (1:11)
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1dMike Reiss

NFL to look into report laser flashed at Brady

The NFL says it will look into a report that a laser was flashed at Patriots quarterback Tom Brady during the fourth quarter Sunday at Arrowhead Stadium.

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2dAdam Teicher

Chiefs' Ford takes the blame: 'Sloppy football'

Chiefs linebacker Dee Ford took the blame for lining up offside in Sunday's loss to the Patriots and negating what likely would have been a game-winning interception.

Adam Teicher ESPN Staff Writer 

Andy Reid's regret with Dee Ford's offside penalty in the fourth quarter that cost the Chiefs an interception that would likely have won the AFC championship game was not with the call itself. He acknowledged Ford was offside. “It wasn't but by a few inches but I thought it was legitimate,'' Reid said. It was that in his opinion a call like that isn't often made in big games. “Normally you're warned and the coach is warned if somebody is doing that before they throw it in a game of that magnitude,'' Reid said. "But they did. He didn't waste any time doing it. He didn't wait until the interception to throw it. He had his hand on the flag right from the get-go.''


Schefter Podcast: Epic Conference Championships, Browns' Kitchens

Before catching up with new Browns coach Freddie Kitchens (31:23), Adam Schefter talks to Field Yates about the pair of instant classics in the conference title games, potential rule changes as a result of the controversial finishes in those games and more (:42). Plus, Evan Kaplan takes a big-picture look at the Super Bowl LIII matchup (23:09).

Rex blames defense for Chiefs' loss (0:34)

Brian Burke ESPN Analytics 

One critical aspect of the Patriots' victory tonight that shouldn't be overlooked is their pass protection. The New England offensive line recorded the very best team Pass Block Win Rate (PBWR) of the entire season vs. the Chiefs tonight at 91%. That's utter domination against an above-average pass rushing defense. ESPN's pass blocking and rushing metrics are based on raw player tracking data via NextGen Stats.

Seth Walder ESPN Analytics 

The Patriots recorded a Pass Block Win Rate of 90.5% on Sunday -- that is the best pass blocking game by any team in any game this entire season. Guard Shaq Mason led the way along the offensive line with a 100% PBWR, while TE Rob Gronkowski and RB James White also had a 100% PBWR on 12 pass blocks apiece (meaning none of the three were beaten by a defender within the first 2.5 seconds after the snap on a single play). PBWR is an ESPN metric powered by NFL Next Gen Stats.

Adam Teicher ESPN Staff Writer 

Mahomes said he had no doubt the Chiefs would have scored a TD had the won the overtime coin toss. "I felt like we were rolling."

Adam Teicher ESPN Staff Writer 

"This hurts. It's supposed to hurt." — Patrick Mahomes.

Matt Bowen ESPN Staff Writer 

The Patriots didn't have to be complicated on offense in overtime. Move WR Julian Edelman pre-snap to get him off the ball clean, and create isolation matchups for TE Rob Gronkowski. Win the 1-on-1s vs. man coverage. And then go back to the run game to close out the win over the Chiefs in the AFC Championship.

Adam Teicher ESPN Staff Writer 

"It's a bright future. We've got good players and we'll get over the hump." — Chiefs coach Andy Reid.

Clark: Chiefs were 'more talented' on paper (0:57)

Adam Teicher ESPN Staff Writer 

The teams combined for 30 points in the fourth quarter when the Chiefs and Patriots met in October, 16 for New England and 14 for Kansas City. Chiefs might need to throw a shutout in final period to win this time.

Adam Teicher ESPN Staff Writer 

Signs of life from the Chiefs, who had 74 yards and a touchdown in the first 2:04 of the third quarter, this after 32 yards and no points in the first half. Now we'll see what adjustments their defense made.

Matt Bowen ESPN Staff Writer 

Double-move on the Tom Brady TD pass to Phillip Dorsett. That allowed Dorsett to create separation over the top, and it put the DB in a trail position. Tough to find the ball down the field when you have to recover.

Adam Teicher ESPN Staff Writer 

Midway through the second quarter, Patriots lead in offensive snaps 34-8, yards 155 to minus-2, first downs 12-1 and time of possession 18-4. It's amazing they lead by just seven points.

Team Stats

Passing Yards309.7
Rushing Yards115.9
Points For35.31st
Points Against26.3