Patriots return to Super Bowl with OT win over Chiefs

Rex Burkhead scored on a 2-yard run in overtime to give the Patriots a 37-31 win over the Chiefs.
Patriots quarterback Tom Brady celebrates a touchdown during the second half. [Associated Press]
Patriots quarterback Tom Brady celebrates a touchdown during the second half. [Associated Press]
Published January 20
Updated January 20

KANSAS CITY, Mo. —  Rex Burkhead scored on a 2-yard run in overtime to give the Patriots a 37-31 win over the Chiefs in the AFC Championship Game on Sunday and a return trip to the Super Bowl.

The Patriots took the overtime kickoff and drove 75 yards on 13 plays after the Chiefs' Harrison Butker kicked a 39-yard field goal with 8 seconds left in regulation to send the game to the extra period.

The Patriots are the first team to return to the Super Bowl after losing it the year before since the 1993 Bills. Only two teams have done that and gone on to win in the second year, the 1971 Cowboys and 1972 Dolphins.

The Patriots and Chiefs ended up tied at the end of regulation after a frantic fourth quarter in which New England scored a pair of touchdowns and Kansas City scored three.

The Patriots had taken a 31-28 lead on a Burkhead touchdown run, but the Chiefs needed only two big completions from Patrick Mahomes to set up Butker's tying field goal.

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