THE BITTER END

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January 21, 2019 - 9:13 AM

New England Patriots running back Sony Michel runs past Kansas City Chiefs cornerback Kendall Fuller in the fourth quarter for a touchdown during the AFC Championship game on Sunday at Arrowhead Stadium in Kansas City, Mo. Rich Sugg/Kansas City Star/TNS

KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) — The dominant storyline all week had been how the AFC championship game represented a passing of the torch, from Tom Brady to Patrick Mahomes and the New England Patriots to the Kansas City Chiefs.

Must have lit a fire under the Pats.

The team that has been there, done that — and done it again and again — survived a back-and-forth fourth quarter to beat the Chiefs 37-31 in overtime Sunday night. Brady hit trusty targets Julian Edelman and Rob Gronkowski to convert a trio of third-and-10s against one of the NFL’s worst defenses, and Rex Burkhead plunged in from 2 yards out to send the Patriots to their third straight Super Bowl.

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