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Patriots – Chiefs, Key Matchups; Who Has the Razor’s Edge?

Steve Balestrieri
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January 15, 2016 at 6:00 am ET

Patriots – Chiefs, Key Matchups; Who Has the Razor’s Edge?(PHOTO: Matthew Emmons - USA TODAY Sports)
Posted: Jan 15, 2016 06:00
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The New England Patriots open their 2015 playoff season with a home game in the Divisional Round against the Kansas City Chiefs. The game will be televised by CBS with their announcing crew of Ian Eagle, Dan Fouts and Evan Washburn. The game can also be listened to on the Patriots flagship station 98.5 FM the Sports Hub with Bob Socci and Scott Zolak on the call.

New England (12-4), had a rough ending to the season after starting on a 10-game winning streak. Injuries decimated the lineup as the team dropped four of their last six games to drop into the AFC’s #2 seed in the playoffs.

Kansas City (11-5), won ten games in a row to finish the season and secure the #5 seed in the playoffs. Given up for dead at 1-5, Andy Reid rallied his troops and reeled off game after game down the stretch as the Chiefs played inspired football. The team ran their streak to 11 games with a 30-0 demolishing of the Houston Texans in the Wild Card playoff game last week.

We here at PatsFans.com are continuing our “Razor’s Edge” column in 2015 to give a quick break down on some of the key matchups of the game and what you can look for in how the game plays out.

Series History: The Patriots and Chiefs will meet for the 34th time on Saturday in a matchup of old rivals from the earliest days of the AFL. Since the merger, they’ve met rather infrequently and the rivalry between the two teams has cooled.

The matchup in recent years has been dominated by the home teams. New England has won the last three in Foxboro while the Chiefs have won seven of the last eight at Arrowhead including last year’s 41-14 blowout Monday Night Football win. The teams surprisingly have never met in the post-season.

Here is a look at some of the key match-ups and who holds the Razor’s Edge.

First up is the Patriots offense:

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About Steve Balestrieri

A former US Army Special Forces NCO and Officer, Steve has been following the Patriots since their days at Fenway Park. Steve has worked in the film industry and wrote as an Military Editor at SpecialOperations.com, 1945.com as a reporter for the Millbury Daily Voice, Millbury-Sutton Chronicle, and the Grafton News. He's also a member of the Pro Football Writers of America (PFWA)


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