It was another bitter end to the season for the Saints, who lost the previous season in the divisional round on the "Minnesota Miracle" - the Vikings' long touchdown pass on the final play of the game.
Kyle Van Noy had a message for the doubters as he returned to the locker room after earning a place in Super Bowl LIII.
The Patriots will play the Los Angeles Rams in Super Bowl LIII on February 3 at Mercedes-Benz Stadium in Atlanta, Ga. It tied for the National Football League lead in sacks with 52, although the Chiefs didn't record one against the Patriots.
Down to 8 seconds, Harrison Butker wrestled back the points for the Chiefs with a 39-yard field goal, taking the rally into overtime at 31-31. Brady hit trusty targets Julian Edelman and Rob Gronkowski to convert a trio of third-and-10s against one of the NFL's worst defenses, and Rex Burkhead plunged in from 2 yards out to send the Patriots to their third straight Super Bowl.
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"I don't think we've ever needed the Patriots at home in a playoff game", Jeff Stoneback, a sportsbook director at the Mirage, said.
The second-year pro is a favorite to win the Associated Press' MVP honor announced on February 2, the day before the Super Bowl.
Those changes could include firing Sutton, who has been the team's defensive coordinator since Andy Reid was hired in 2013. Starting safety Daniel Sorensen missed half the season with a broken leg. But ask many fans around Kansas City, and they will tell you the game turned on a 50-50 proposition.
3-10-NE 35 T. Brady pass short middle to J. Edelman to KC 45 for 20 yards. "We've got to build from it, learn from it and we'll be better next year".
That includes 75 yards in overtime, when the Patriots won the coin toss and marched downfield for the winning touchdown.