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Tom Brady leads Patriots to overtime victory over the Kansas City Chiefs to reach Super Bowl

The New England Patriots dynasty is still alive and kicking.

Tom Brady and Bill Belichick will have a chance to win their sixth Super Bowl title in two weeks after they dramatically dispatched the Kansas City Chiefs 37-31 in a wild and thrilling shootout game that went into overtime on Sunday.

Brady, the five-time NFL champion, guided the Patriots 75 yards after winning the overtime coin toss, and backup Rex Burkhead’s two-yard touchdown lifted New England over the hometown Chiefs at Arrowhead Stadium. 

This will be the third consecutive Super Bowl appearance – and ninth overall – by the Brady-led Patriots.

When asked by CBS how it felt to win the game, Brady responded: ‘Un-f*****g-believable, bro!’ 

New England Patriots running back Rex Burkhead (34) dives to the end zone for a touchdown to win the AFC Championship Game against the Kansas City Chiefs in overtime on Sunday at Arrowhead Stadium in Kansas City

Burkhead barreled his way into the end zone from two yards out to clinch the game for New England

Burkhead barreled his way into the end zone from two yards out to clinch the game for New England

New England Patriots quarterback Tom Brady (12) celebrates with his teammates after his team clinched the game in overtime

New England Patriots quarterback Tom Brady (12) celebrates with his teammates after his team clinched the game in overtime

Brady and the Patriots will be making their third consecutive Super Bowl appearance - and ninth overall. As a franchise, the Patriots will have a total of 11 Super Bowl appearances - the most of any NFL team

Brady and the Patriots will be making their third consecutive Super Bowl appearance – and ninth overall. As a franchise, the Patriots will have a total of 11 Super Bowl appearances – the most of any NFL team

President Donald Trump tweeted late Sunday: 'Congratulations to Bob Kraft, Bill Belichick, Tom Brady and the entire New England Patriots team on a great game and season. Will be a fantastic Super Bowl!'

President Donald Trump tweeted late Sunday: ‘Congratulations to Bob Kraft, Bill Belichick, Tom Brady and the entire New England Patriots team on a great game and season. Will be a fantastic Super Bowl!’

The Patriots weathered a hostile crowd at Arrowhead Stadium in Kansas City and survived the Chiefs’ explosive offense, led by their own gunslinger, Patrick Mahomes.

Their victory on Sunday in Kansas City makes it 11 conference championships in franchise history – nine of them won during the Belichick-Brady era.

President Donald Trump tweeted late Sunday: ‘Congratulations to Bob Kraft, Bill Belichick, Tom Brady and the entire New England Patriots team on a great game and season. Will be a fantastic Super Bowl!’

Trump has friendships with Kraft, Brady, and Belichick. 

While it appeared there were signs that the Pats were slipping during the regular season, New England proved their doubters wrong.

The Patriots dominated the Los Angeles Chargers during last week’s AFC Divisional Round game at Foxboro.

On Sunday, the Pats once again started the game in top form, moving the ball at will on offense.

But the Chiefs roared back, led by Mahomes and his various weapons on the high-octane offensive unit. 

The overtime drive against an exhausted defense was reminiscent of when the Patriots beat Atlanta in the only Super Bowl to go to overtime, two years ago.

New England Patriots have reached the Superbowl yet again after a thrilling overtime victory over Kansas City Chiefs

New England Patriots have reached the Superbowl yet again after a thrilling overtime victory over Kansas City Chiefs

The Patriots are headed to their third straight Super Bowl, once more thanks to quarterback Tom Brady's brilliance

The Patriots are headed to their third straight Super Bowl, once more thanks to quarterback Tom Brady’s brilliance

The five-time NFL champion guided the Patriots 75 yards after winning the overtime coin toss to win a thrilling game

The five-time NFL champion guided the Patriots 75 yards after winning the overtime coin toss to win a thrilling game

From left: Belichick, Patriots President Jonathan Kraft, Owner Robert Kraft, CBS's Jim Nantz, former Patriots All-Pro Vince Wilfork, and Brady

From left: Belichick, Patriots President Jonathan Kraft, Owner Robert Kraft, CBS’s Jim Nantz, former Patriots All-Pro Vince Wilfork, and Brady

Brady and Robert Kraft share an embrace in the locker room after the team's win at Arrowhead Stadium

Brady and Robert Kraft share an embrace in the locker room after the team’s win at Arrowhead Stadium

New England benefited from two critical replay reviews before making their ninth Super Bowl with Brady at quarterback and Bill Belichick as coach.

Awaiting them in Atlanta are the Los Angeles Rams, who won 26-23 in overtime in New Orleans for the NFC championship. 

The Rams last made the Super Bowl in 2002 while based in St. Louis, losing to the Patriots.

It’s the first time both conference title games went to over time. The last time both visitors won conference championship matches was 2012

‘Overtime, on the road against a great team,’ Brady said. 

‘They had no quit. Neither did we. We played our best football at the end. 

‘I don’t know, man, I’m tired. That was a hell of a game.’

The quarterback later added: ‘This is crazy. What a game.’ 

Burkhead finished with 12 carries for 41 yards and two scores, while rookie Sony Michel added 113 yards on 29 carries, including two touchdowns. 

Edelman led the New England receivers with 96 yards on seven grabs. 

Pats tight end Rob Gronkowski, who had 6 catches for 79 yards, said after the game that this was ‘the biggest team win I’ve probably been a part of.’

Chris Hogan, the Patriots wide receiver who made clutch catches in the fourth quarter to keep his team alive, said: ‘These tight games are taking years off my life.’

Hogan finished the night with five catches for 45 yards. 

Sammy Watkins caught four passes for a whopping 114 yards to lead the Chiefs’ receivers. 

Patrick Mahomes, the Chiefs quarterback, three for 295 yards and three touchdowns on Sunday

Patrick Mahomes, the Chiefs quarterback, three for 295 yards and three touchdowns on Sunday

The Chiefs blew an opportunity to score midway through the second quarter. Mahomes connected with Tyreek Hill for a 42-yard strike to the New England 23. On the next play, Williams broke wide open on a wheel route, but Mahomes overthrew him

The Chiefs blew an opportunity to score midway through the second quarter. Mahomes connected with Tyreek Hill for a 42-yard strike to the New England 23. On the next play, Williams broke wide open on a wheel route, but Mahomes overthrew him

Mahomes is seen above answering reporters' questions during a news conference on Sunday

Mahomes is seen above answering reporters’ questions during a news conference on Sunday

On Twitter, Mahomes paid tribute to Chiefs fans, saying: 'Thank you...This hurts now but we will be back love y’all for y’alls support!'

On Twitter, Mahomes paid tribute to Chiefs fans, saying: ‘Thank you…This hurts now but we will be back love y’all for y’alls support!’

Running back Damien Williams scored three touchdowns, two off receptions and one off a rush as he added 96 yards from scrimmage.

‘It was back and forth and we had opportunities,’ Chiefs coach Andy Reid said. 

‘We’ll figure out a way to take advantage of those down the road. 

‘You’re sitting here thinking it was a pretty good year, but it’s going to hurt here for a little bit.’

The AFC Championship appearance was the first ever at home for Kansas City, which participated in Super Bowl I and won Super Bowl IV, both of which were played before the AFL-NFL merger.

‘We wanted to bring the Hunt Trophy home,’ Reid said of the hardware awarded to the AFC champion. 

‘We’re going to get that son of a gun. We’re going to have to bear down this offseason.’

The Patriots took a 14-0 halftime lead, beginning with a 15-play, 80-yard touchdown drive on the first possession. 

The march, which began after the Chiefs won the coin toss and deferred, took 8:05, the most time-consuming playoff drive ever engineered by Brady. 

Michel scored on a 1-yard plunge.

New England, which outgained Kansas City 245-32 in the half and held a 16-3 advantage in first downs, was again at the Chiefs 1 on its second possession.

Brady embraces his head coach, Bill Belichick, on the field after the Patriots clinched their Super Bowl appearance

Brady embraces his head coach, Bill Belichick, on the field after the Patriots clinched their Super Bowl appearance

Bill Belichick (left) holds the AFC Championship trophy as he talks with Jim Nantz of CBS after the game

Bill Belichick (left) holds the AFC Championship trophy as he talks with Jim Nantz of CBS after the game

Belichick then took questions at a news conference with reporters

Belichick then took questions at a news conference with reporters

Linebacker Reggie Ragland, however, intercepted a pass in the end zone, ending a playoff-record streak of 237 pass attempts without an interception by Brady.

The Chiefs blew an opportunity to score midway through the second quarter.

Mahomes connected with Tyreek Hill for a 42-yard strike to the New England 23. 

On the next play, Williams broke wide open on a wheel route, but Mahomes overthrew him. 

Field-goal range was squandered when Mahomes was sacked for a 14-yard loss by Trey Flowers.

On Twitter, Mahomes paid tribute to Chiefs fans, saying: ‘Thank you.’

‘This hurts now but we will be back love y’all for y’alls support!’ Mahomes wrote.

Phillip Dorsett tacked on a 29-yard TD snag with 27 seconds left in the half to cap a 90-yard drive by the Pats. 

Brady went in at the break with 146 yards passing, while Michel had 75 rushing.

It was the second time in history the AFC Championship Game went to overtime, joining the Denver Broncos’ victory over the Cleveland Browns in January of 1987.

Never before had both conference championship games gone to overtime in the same year.   

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