TOM BRADY booked an incredible ninth Super Bowl appearance by leading the New England Patriots to a dramatic victory over the Kansas City Chiefs in overtime.
Brady, 41, orchestrated a 75-yard drive for the winning touchdown, capped by Rex Burkhead’s two-yard run, to seal a 37-31 win in the AFC championship game in a raucous Arrowhead Stadium, denying the hosts’ explosive offense and their exciting young quarterback Patrick Mahomes a place in the Super Bowl.
For the Patriots, it will be a third straight appearance in the NFL’s biggest game, a fourth in five years and a ninth in all for quarterback Brady and legendary coach Bill Belichick.
‘When you have 70,000 people cheering against you, it’s pretty sweet when you win on the road,’ said Brady. ‘That’s a hard thing to do in the NFL. It’s certainly a hard thing to do against the first-ranked team in the [AFC].’
Brady and Belichick will be chasing a sixth Lombardi Trophy in Super Bowl LIII. Awaiting them in Atlanta on February 3 will be the team they beat to win their first, way back in 2002.
The Rams, who have since relocated from St Louis to Los Angeles, won 26-23 in overtime in New Orleans in the NFC championship game earlier on Sunday — the first time both conference title games went to overtime.
With Jared Goff at quarterback and 32-year-old coaching prodigy Sean McVay calling the shots, LA benefited from a huge missed call from the officials late in the game before Greg Zuerlein kicked a 57-yard field goal to silence the New Orleans Superdome.
They said it…
‘I don’t know if there was ever a more obvious pass interference call — here it is, [in] the NFC championship game. So, it’s a tough one to swallow. This will be a tough one for these players, the coaches. We’ll probably never get over it’ — New Orleans coach Sean Payton (pictured) on the game officials’ failure to give his Saints team an obvious foul which would have allowed them to run out the clock and kick a probable game-winning field goal against the LA Rams. Peyton said NFL chiefs had conceded to him later they ‘blew the call’