Patriots sink Chiefs in overtime, return to Super Bowl for third consecutive year

KANSAS CITY, Mo. – The Kansas City Chiefs’ wait to return to the Super Bowl had already stretched 49 years.

Now they’ll wait at least 50.

Credit a Bill Belichick game plan for New England that the Chiefs defense couldn’t get off the field the first half, followed by a Chiefs offense that uncharacteristically couldn’t stay on until the third quarter. An exciting second half of five lead changes, Patrick Mahomes bombs and replay after replay sent the contest to overtime.

But the Chiefs couldn’t hold off the playoff-legend Belichick and Tom Brady. Brady engineered a 13-play, 75-yard drive to set up Rex Burkhead for the 2-yard game-winning touchdown.

Mahomes’ magical first season as a starter comes to an end as Brady and Belichick pack for their ninth Super Bowl career appearance, this time against Sean McVay’s Los Angeles Rams in Atlanta.

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