The Kansas City Chiefs vs. New England Patriots AFC Divisional playoff game will stream for free, live online on Saturday, and fans who watch will get to find out of the Patriots M*A*S*H unit can finally get healthy enough to pull themselves out of their late season slump and take a step toward returning to the Super Bowl for the second straight year and ninth time in franchise history. New England dropped four of its last six games in the regular season, after starting off on a 10-0 wining streak.
But, their 12-4 record was good enough to earn them a bye, and Saturday in their first playoff game they face a Chiefs team that won its final 10 regular season games, and added a 30-0 shellacking of the Houston Texans in the AFC Wild Card round last week to stretch that winning streak to 11.
The outcome of the game, the first of the four games played on Divisional Round weekend — every football fan’s favorite weekend of the season — will depend largely on whether the Patriots can get their key players back in the lineup and, if not 100 percent healthy, healthy enough to execute the game plan drawn up by Head Coach Bill Belichick.
Wide receiver Julian Edelman, quarterback Tom Brady’s favorite target, missed the last seven games with a broken bone in his foot. But, he is now listed as “probable” for Saturday on the Patriots injury report and is expected to play.
As soon as Patriots fans started celebrating the return of Edelman, tight end Rob Gronkowski — another, perhaps even more essential weapon in New England’s offensive attack — missed two practices and reportedly received an injection in his knee, which he injured in Week 12 against the Denver Broncos.
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As if that wasn’t enough, the Patriots latest injury report also lists Gronkowski’s back as an issue, and the three-time First Team All-Pro, who led the team in touchdowns this season with 11, is categorized as “questionable” for the Saturday game.
To watch an in-depth preview of the Chiefs vs. Patriots showdown from CBS Sports football experts Pete Prisco, Pat Kirwan and Brady Quinn, check out the video below.
To find out how to watch the Kansas City Chiefs vs. New England Patriots AFC Divisional Round playoff game live online, see the streaming link in the final paragraph of this article. Kickoff is set for 4:35 p.m. at Gillette Stadium in Foxborough, Massachusetts, on Saturday, January 16. That’s 1:35 p.m. Pacific Time.
The Chiefs, despite holding the NFL’s longest active-winning streak, are facing significant injury concerns of their own — primarily, leading wide receiver Jeremy Maclin, who suffered a high ankle sprain in the Wild Card shutout of the Houston Texans. Offensive linemen Laurent Duvernay-Tardif and Mitch Morse are also listed as questionable on the latest injury report, but were reported ruled out of the game as of Friday afternoon.
Even with all of the Patriots injuries, Las Vegas oddsmakers have nonetheless installed New England as a 4 1/2 point favorite playing at home where they have won six of their last seven playoff games.
To watch the Kansas City Chiefs Vs. New England Patriots AFC Divisional Round Playoff game live online from Gillette Stadium in Foxborough, Massachusetts, and find out if the Chiefs, possibly without leading receiver Jeremy Maclin, can advance past the Divisional Round of tiger playoffs for the first time since 1993 — or, if the banged-up New England Patriots can heal enough to move one win away from their second-straight Super Bowl trip and ninth in franchise history, which would also be an NFL record — go to CBSSports.com at this link. Live streaming is free and requires no login credentials. The Chiefs-Patriots showdown will also stream free through the CBS Sports app on mobile devices and on set-top boxes such as the Roku, Xbox, and Apple TV.
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