*This article is the first of a weekly Throwback Thursday series that will feature key stat lines and short recaps of the last time the New England Patriots played their upcoming opponent.
Last Time Out…
The New England Patriots and the Kansas City Chiefs last met in the AFC Divisional round of the playoffs on Jan. 16, 2016 at Gillette Stadium. Despite a Chiefs’ rally, the Patriots pulled through with a 27-20 win to reach their 5th straight AFC Championship.
Kansas City came into New England on an 11-game winning streak, including a 30-0 victory over Houston in the wild-card round. But Patriots' quarterback Tom Brady had his weapons back - Rob Gronkowski and Julian Edelman came back from injuries to help the Patriots secure the win.
Brady threw for two touchdowns to Gronkowski and sneaked in another. The QB sneak happened after Brady ran for 10-yards and dove for the pylon at the end. The ball did not clear the goal line, but the Patriots got in the endzone soon after. The 10-yard run was Brady’s longest postseason run in nine years.
In Gronk’s return, he recovered an onside kick by Kansas City, after the Chiefs cut the score to 27-20 with just over a minute left.