Tom Brady and Julian Edelman on 2018 AFC Championship Game Against Chiefs: “We Really Lost This F** Game? Damn, This Offseason Is Going to Suck”

Published 01/12/2022, 10:06 AM EST


Those who know Tom Brady well must know how anxious he became during his 2018 AFC Championship game against the Kansas City Chiefs. The Chiefs were led by the then second-year QB Patrick Mahomes in the Arrowhead Stadium. The Chiefs started the game at a slow tempo. They trailed the mighty Patriots by two scores at the end of the first half.

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However, they started to pick up the pace in the second half. And there was a moment in the game where Tom Brady re-evaluated his techniques and looked back in concern, his 2014 game against the Chiefs which did not end in the Patriots’ favor. By the time the game reached the fourth quarter, Patrick Mahomes had already hit God mode.

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“We were there in 2014, and we didn’t play great and they destroyed us. It was the loudest I could ever remember a football stadium,” said Brady in the latest episode of Man in the Arena. “I’m happy I went through that experience because when we went there for the playoffs, the AFC Championship, I knew how loud the game was going to be at the start. So there was no intimidation.”

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A moment of adversity for Tom Brady

The Chiefs scored a mammoth 24 points just in the fourth quarter of the game, making a gigantic comeback and then a back-and-forth standoff with the Bill Belichick side, just to tie the game in the end. However, it was not an easy task for the Patriots to match up with Mahomes. But luck was by their side.

With 23 seconds left in the clock, the Chiefs were trailing 31-28. Mahomes was in possession of the ball and looked determined to score in 1st and 10. “I was never scared [in] that game until [the would-be interception],” Edelman admitted. “Then I’m sitting there like, ‘We really lost this f*cking game? Damn, this offseason is going to suck.'”

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Mahomes tossed the ball, and he connected, but the game was still not over. There came a flag flying to the ground, and the Chiefs were penalized. “Then I saw the flag, oh we’re back let’s go,” Edelman jubilantly recalled. However, Mahomes brought the team up within field goal range. With the game tied at 31 each, the Patriots made the most out of the overtime.

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It was surely a gut-wrenching feeling for the Patriots to deal with as they came so close to a big upset at a time where everything was at stake. That moment made Brady recall his worst loss ever against the Chiefs in 2014, yet they got away with it this time.

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Sauvik Banerjee

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Sauvik Banerjee is currently an NFL writer at EssentiallySports. After completing his Bachelor’s degree in English and Economics from Lucknow University, Sauvik combined his love for NFL and passion for writing to work for team ES. Sauvik has functioned as a content marketing intern at Kyari Innovations and had a brief stint with Knocksense Lucknow.

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