The New England Patriots have the No. 2 seed in the playoffs and had the luxury of a first-round bye, but now must use a banged up roster to take on a Kansas City Chiefs squad that is out for blood after shutting out the Houston Texans in the Wild Card round.
The good news is that New England has the pleasure of playing at Gillette Stadium in front of their home crowd, but any NFL fan knows that anything can happen in the playoffs and nothing is guaranteed. Even with a key player returning, the Patriots must navigate a strong KC pass rush and play smart football from start to finish.
Simply put, so long as Bill Belichick follows certain game plans, namely the following five, then the Pats will take one step closer to winning a fifth Super Bowl.