AFC Championship: Patriots at Chiefs live updates and analysis

01-20-19: Kansas City, MO: New England Patriots running back Sony Michel (26) runs past Kansas City Chiefs inside linebacker Anthony Hitchens (53) in the first quarter. The New England Patriots visited the Kansas City Chiefs for the AFC Championship Game at Arrowhead Stadium. (Barry Chin /Globe Staff)

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A spot in the Super Bowl is on the line.

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Wise and Danny Shelton were surprise scratches for the AFC Championship game.

RAMS 26, SAINTS 23 (OT)

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Greg Zuerlein’s 57-yard field goal won it after LA took advantage of a missed pass interference to force the extra period.

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The offensive coordinator for the best offense in the NFL feels blessed for the opportunity to interview

BOSTON, MA - DECEMBER 14: Aron Baynes #46 of the Boston Celtics looks on during the game between the Boston Celtics and the Atlanta Hawks at TD Garden on December 14, 2018 in Boston, Massachusetts. (Photo by Maddie Meyer/Getty Images)

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When Aron Baynes plays, the Celtics’ defense gets downright stingy

The Celtics have outscored opponents by 13.4 points per 100 possessions when Baynes is on the court, the highest net rating on the team. When he sits, their net rating is 5.3.

AFC CHAMPIONSHIP | SUNDAY, 6:40 P.M. (CBS)

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The AFC’s two best teams are set to slug it out in Kansas City for the right to advance to the Super Bowl.

NORA PRINCIOTTI

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Patriots players were warned during the week that the freezing temperatures could lead to issues with footing on the natural grass field.

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How Globe writers cast their votes in the 2019 Baseball Hall of Fame election

All five Globe reporters with a ballot voted for Mariano Rivera. Here’s a look at their full votes.

BEN VOLIN | SUNDAY FOOTBALL NOTES

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Tom Brady and Drew Brees will be matched up against Patrick Mahomes and Jared Goff in classic showdowns.

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Brady posted the video on his Instagram account Sunday morning.

Foxborough, MA - 1/16/2019 - New England Patriots defensive back J.C. Jackson (27) at today's New England Patriots practice at Gillette Stadium in Foxborough. - (Barry Chin/Globe Staff), Section: Sports, Reporter: Jim McBride, Topic: 17Patriots, LOID: 8.5.137106004.

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NORA PRINCIOTTI

Undrafted rookie cornerback J.C. Jackson has been a real find for Patriots

By the numbers, Jackson has been one of the best cornerbacks in the NFL this season.

DAN SHAUGHNESSY

//c.o0bg.com/rf/image_90x90/Boston/2011-2020/2019/01/18/BostonGlobe.com/Sports/Images/shaughnessy1-25573.jpg No one thinks the Patriots suck, they just want them to lose

The Patriots this past week successfully galvanized their rabid, loyal legion by playing the underdog card.

JULIAN BENBOW

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Mahomes is a supernova with a world of possibilities ahead of him.

PATRIOTS NOTES

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Sony Michel has absorbed a lot of knowledge — and a lot of hits — in his rookie season.

Boston Celtics guard Kyrie Irving (11) brings the ball up as Atlanta Hawks forward DeAndre' Bembry (95) defends during the first half of an NBA basketball game Saturday, Jan. 19, 2019, in Atlanta. (AP Photo/Todd Kirkland)

CELTICS 113, HAWKS 105

Brad Stevens was worried about the Celtics last night, but he liked what he saw

In their second game in as many nights, the Celtics rallied in the fourth quarter to beat the Hawks.

Boston 01/19/19-Boston Bruins vs NY Rangers- Bruins goalie Tuukka Rask was injured on this goal scored by Rangers Filip Chytil in the 1st period during the collision into Rask. Photo by John Tlumacki/Globe Staff(sports)

RANGERS 3, BRUINS 2

Bruins lose Tuukka Rask, game to Rangers

After the goalie left with a concussion in the first period, New York got a third-period goal to earn the win.

LOS ANGELES, CA - OCTOBER 28: Chris Sale #41 of the Boston Red Sox celebrates with the World Series trophy after his teams 5-1 win over the Los Angeles Dodgers in Game Five of the 2018 World Series at Dodger Stadium on October 28, 2018 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Ezra Shaw/Getty Images)

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RED SOX NOTEBOOK

His first World Series title has Chris Sale eager for more

Sale, who was at Foxwoods for the team’s Winter Weekend event, joked that he’s watched the final inning of the World Series “a couple hundred thousand times.”

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Red Sox president Sam Kennedy said the team is sympathetic to the thousands of government employees who have been furloughed or are working without pay.

NICK CAFARDO | SUNDAY BASEBALL NOTES

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Many of the game’s front offices are relying on analytics at the expense of scouts.

Kevin Paul Dupont | On Hockey

//c.o0bg.com/rf/image_90x90/Boston/2011-2020/2019/01/20/BostonGlobe.com/Sports/Images/tlumackibruinsrangers458.jpg Tuukka Rask’s injury would have been far worse in years past

The Bruins’ goalie suffered a concussion but still benefited by changes that allow the net to give way after being hit.

GARY WASHBURN | SUNDAY BASKETBALL NOTES

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Tabbed a “Clipper for life” when he signed a maximum contract in 2017, Griffin was dealt to Detroit last year.

KEVIN PAUL DUPONT I SUNDAY HOCKEY NOTES

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They continue their search for dependable production off the wing on their second line, centered by David Krejci.

Boston, Ma, Jan. 5, 2018-Stan Grossfeld/ Globe Staff---NESN production of Bruins game. Rose Mirakian - Coordinating Director, Boston Bruins, picks the shot she likes for the Bruins telecast.

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STAN GROSSFELD

A look behind the scenes at a NESN Bruins broadcast

Things happen very fast, but the team led by coordinating director Rose Mirakian-Wheeler and producer Brian Zechello doesn’t miss a beat.

matt porter

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The Bruins’ goalie suffered a concussion Saturday night forcing the team to come up with an emergency goalie.

MEN’S BASKETBALL

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The Eagles (10-7 overall) picked up their first ACC win of the season.

WOMEN’S SKIING WORLD CUP

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Vonn, who’s had four knee surgeries, was unable to finish the race

australian open

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Unseeded American upends No. 20 Grigor Dimitrov to reach quarterfinal.

Foxborough, MA - 10/14/2018 - (2nd quarter) Kansas City Chiefs running back Spencer Ware (32) is wrapped up by a host of New England Patriots defenders. The New England Patriots host the Kansas City Chiefs in a Sunday night NFL game at Gillette stadium in Foxborough. - (Barry Chin/Globe Staff), Section: Sports, Reporter: Jim McBride, Topic: 15Patriots-Chiefs, LOID: 8.4.3482575762.

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CHAD FINN | UNCONVENTIONAL PREVIEW

Patriots-Chiefs is the one we expected, and it should be a thriller

Arrowhead Stadium will be raucously loud, but in the end, it will be the Patriots making the happy noises.

AUSTRALIAN OPEN

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Federer was denied his chance at a third consecutive Open title

Boston, MA: 4/9/2018: The Red Sox Mookie Betts gestures to his teammates in the dugout following a first inning double. The Boston Red Sox hosted the New York Yankees in a regular season MLB baseball game at Fenway Park. (Jim Davis/Globe Staff)

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PETER ABRAHAM

Red Sox say they’d like to have Mookie Betts in Boston for the long haul

The Red Sox awarded Betts, who could be a free agent after the 2020 season, $20 million for 2019, a record for a player in his second year of arbitration eligibility.

GARY WASHBURN

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The logistics of teams traveling to Europe does not make the expansion feasible, Silver said.

NU 2, UMASS 1

Northeastern bounces back to topple UMass

Tyler Madden lifted the No. 8 Huskies over the top-ranked Minutemen in overtime.

Kicker Stephen Gostkowski’s tuition at Memphis was paid for by his baseball scholarship even though it was football that would ultimately pay his salary.

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TARA SULLIVAN

Patriots believe they benefited from playing multiple sports as kids

Tom Brady was selected in the late rounds of the 1995 major league draft as a lefthanded-hitting catcher.

CELTICS NOTEBOOK

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The NBA is considering playing one of its regular-season games in Paris and the native of Dreux, France would love it if the Celtics were chosen for that game.

Durgin-Park, founded in 1827, closed on Jan. 12.

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KEVIN PAUL DUPONT | ON SECOND THOUGHT

The Beanpotters had quite a time at Durgin-Park

They convened for decades at the restaurant for the start of Boston’s best known hockey tournament.

Sports Log

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It was the first of 10 matches the US team will play before it defends its title at the Women’s World Cup

BRUINS NOTEBOOK

//c.o0bg.com/rf/image_90x90/Boston/2011-2020/2019/01/20/BostonGlobe.com/Sports/Images/tlumackibruinsrangers491.jpg Charlie McAvoy too close for comfort on play that injured Tuukka Rask

The second-year defenseman was powerless to keep Filip Chytil from crashing into Tuukka Rask.

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Barty will next play two-time Wimbledon champ Petra Kvitova, who beat American teen Amanda Anisimova in straight sets

GOLF ROUNDUP

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Playing in his first event of the year, Mickelson shot a bogey-free 6-under-par 66 to get to 22 under after three rounds.

MSTCA STATE RELAYS

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Burlington boys and North Reading girls made it a three-peat in Division 4.

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The team owner said he is prepared to do what makes financial sense.

Jim McBride

//c.o0bg.com/rf/image_90x90/Boston/2011-2020/2018/09/11/BostonGlobe.com/Sports/Images/davis_kraft1_spts.jpg When Robert Kraft bought the Patriots, it signaled a new beginning for the franchise

Since Kraft purchased the team — 25 years ago next week — the Patriots have won 310 games, been to nine Super Bowls, and won five titles.

Kevin Paul Dupont

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Read his recent “On Second Thought” columns and more features from the longtime Globe writer.