2018 SeasonAll times ET

2018 Schedule
11-5, 1st in AFC East

Mike Reiss ESPN Staff Writer 

Starting center David Andrews: Never worn sleeves in a game before and don't plan to do so Sunday. "It's the AFC Championship Game. I don't care how cold it is," he says.

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Bitter cold doesn't worry Belichick: We'll be there

Coach Bill Belichick is stressing to his team that the Patriots must defeat the Chiefs on Sunday and not worry about the freezing temperatures, which are slated to feel like minus-1 at kickoff.

Belichick on playing in cold: 'Whatever it is, it is' (0:44)

Mike Reiss ESPN Staff Writer 

The Patriots are practicing in full pads today, which is significant to note because there are limited opportunities to do so, per NFL rules. Last week, Patriots players felt they had a good full-pad practice on Wednesday to set the table for their win over the Chargers, and they hope to duplicate that this week.

Mike Reiss ESPN Staff Writer 

Asked if he minds playing in severe cold, Bill Belichick said Wednesday, "I love to play in a championship game. Schedule it wherever you want. We'll be there."

Mike Reiss ESPN Staff Writer 

In meetings Tuesday, one of the things players discussed was Chiefs personnel they didn't see in October. So OLB Justin Houston, who didn't play in that game, was a topic of discussion. Players will continue to get familiar with personnel, with the first practice set for Wednesday (12:30 p.m. ET).

ESPN World Fame 100: Know your famous athletes (3:36)

Seth Walder ESPN Analytics 

Hypothetical Super Bowl predictions from FPI: Saints would have a 55% chance to beat the Patriots. Chiefs would have a 54% chance to beat the Rams. Rams would have a 51% chance to beat the Patriots. Chiefs-Saints would be a 50/50.

Stephen A.: LeBron's feat better than Brady's (0:59)
Greater feat: LeBron to 8 Finals, Brady to 8 AFC Championships? (2:19)

Mike Reiss ESPN Staff Writer 

Patriots players are scheduled to be at the facility Tuesday afternoon for meetings. Technically, Monday was a day off for players, many of whom still showed up for treatment/strength work, as coaches worked ahead on the Chiefs.

Never count out the Patriots (0:56)

Mike Reiss ESPN Staff Writer 

Clete Blakeman has been assigned as referee for Sunday's AFC Championship Game between the Patriots and Chiefs. He entered the NFL in 2008 as a field judge and was promoted to referee in 2010. Blakeman was the referee for Super Bowl 50.

Hasselbeck not buying that Patriots are being counted out (1:25)

Mike Reiss ESPN Staff Writer 

Bill Belichick's nitpick from a playoff win over the Chargers: "We didn't finish the game particularly well in any area. Unfortunately in the third quarter, we missed a few opportunities offensively to get touchdowns, and didn't move the ball very well in the fourth quarter. And gave up three touchdowns on defense.”

Stephen A.: Chiefs have edge over Patriots at home (1:28)

Team Stats

Passing Yards266.18th
Rushing Yards127.35th
Points For27.34th
Points Against20.37th

2018 Draft Picks

1(23)Isaiah WynnOGGeorgia
1(31)Sony MichelRBGeorgia
2(24)Duke DawsonCBFlorida
5(6)Ja'Whaun BentleyILBPurdue
6(4)Christian SamOLBArizona State
6(36)Braxton BerriosWRMiami (FL)
7(1)Danny EtlingQBLSU
7(25)Keion CrossenCBWestern Carolina
7(32)Ryan IzzoTEFlorida State