Turnovers Will Be Key to Patriots Victory in Battle for AFC Championship Bid

January 15, 2016   ·     ·   Jump to comments

"One stupid play, one stupid penalty, one mistake, ends it for all of us."
Bill Belichick famously uttered those words in 2009, ahead of his team's wild-card meeting with the Baltimore Ravens, in the A Football Life documentary that followed the New England Patriots head coach through the season.
That sentence is playoff football in a nutshell, but especially with regard to the divisional-round meeting between the Patriots and the Kansas City Chiefs this Saturday at Gillette Stadium. 
All season long, one of the foremost tenets of the Patriots offense has been its ability to protect the football. Their 14 turnovers are the fewest in the NFL.
According to Football Outsiders, they are No. 1 in the NFL in turnovers per drive at a six percent clip, and they are also No. 1 and 2 in interceptions and fumbles per drive, respectively.
Their ball security will be tested against a Chiefs defense that has force...

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