The Patriots are in an unfamiliar spot.
New England enters its matchup with Kansas City as a 3-point underdog in Sunday’s AFC Championship game. According to BetDSI sportsbook, via Forbes, this is the first time the Patriots have been an underdog with Tom Brady as their starting quarterback since Sept. 20, 2015.
That makes it 67 starts, including the postseason, that Brady and the Patriots have been favored. New England isn’t concerned with the line.
“Doesn’t change much for us,” Brady said, via MassLive.com. “It shows you, kind of, what people would think of what our chances are. That is about it.”
Brady told CBS Sports after the Patriots’ dominating win over the Chargers in the divisional-card round: “everybody thinks we suck and can’t win any games.”
The Patriots have proven year in and year out they can win games.
With Brady at quarterback, New England is 28-10 in the postseason and 8-5 in AFC Championship games. The Patriots are also 1-0 against the Patrick Mahomes-led Chiefs this season, with a 43-40 win under their belt.
That’s not going to determine how Brady and the Patriots approach the game though.
“I don’t think about it too much, what people might say or think,” Brady said. “I know we’re playing against a very good football team. They’re the first seed for a reason. They’ve had a great season and we’re going to have to go into a really tough environment and play our best football, so it’s a great opportunity for us and hopefully we can take advantage of it.”
He continued: “If you’re not motivated this week you’ve got a major problem. This is the week where you shouldn’t have to put anything extra in. This is what it’s all about. You sign up any chance you get to play in an AFC Championship game. I don’t care where, when, time, cold weather, rain, blood, don’t matter.”