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Patriots-Titans injury report: Hogan, Van Noy off list

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Patriots-Titans injury report: Hogan, Van Noy off list

FOXBORO -- A little time off has apparently done Chris Hogan a world of good. 

The Patriots receiver suffered a shoulder injury in Week 8, he returned for one game in Week 14, then he missed the remainder of the regular season. With a bye last week, it's been about a month since Hogan was last on the field, and on Thursday he was removed from the Patriots injury report for the first time since being injured against the Chargers in October.

With Hogan now available, the Patriots offense should receive a boost. He'll provide Tom Brady with a trusted option on the outside and potentially open up some space for teammates in the passing game. If Hogan is on the field in two-receiver sets, it's possible he's aligned across from former teammate and current Titans corner Logan Ryan. 

Patriots linebacker Kyle Van Noy was also removed from the injury report after dealing with a calf injury since Week 13. Van Noy could play a critical role against the Titans. He's athletic enough to help keep Marcus Mariota in check in scramble situations, and he's stout enough against the run to be useful in slowing down Derrick Henry on early downs. Van Noy has also become one of the leaders in the front seven, and one of the team's primary communicators defensively, meaning the group will gain some added leadership if he can handle a normal workload. 

James White (ankle), Alan Branch (knee) and Marquis Flowers (illness) have all provided indications this week that they'll be healthy enough to play Saturday night. 

Here's the full injury report for Saturday's Patriots-Titans game:

NEW ENGLAND PATRIOTS

QUESTIONABLE
DL Alan Branch (knee)
RB Rex Burkhead (knee)
LB Marquis Flowers (illness)
RB Mike Gillislee (knee)
DL Eric Lee (ankle/finger)
RB James White (ankle)

OFF INJURY LIST
WR Chris Hogan (shoulder)
LB Kyle Van Noy (calf)

TENNESSEE TITANS

OUT
RB DeMarco Murray (knee)

OFF INJURY LIST
LB Brian Orakpo (not injury related)
CB Logan Ryan (ankle)
G Quinton Spain (back)

Patriots vs. Chiefs weather: Latest forecast for AFC Championship Game

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Patriots vs. Chiefs weather: Latest forecast for AFC Championship Game

The temperatures at Arrowhead Stadium in Kansas City for Sunday night's AFC Championship Game between the Chiefs and New England Patriots are expected to be in the 20s, which is actually a bit warmer than some of the projections from earlier in the week.

Here's the latest weather forecast for Patriots-Chiefs:

So, according to the data above, we're probably not going to see the arctic blast or single digit temperatures that were projected on Monday, but it's still going to be quite cold.

The Patriots, of course, are no strangers to playing in cold weather. In fact, Patriots quarterback Tom Brady is 24-4 in games where the temperature is below 30 degrees, as it will be Sunday. Brady also is 5-1 in games where the temperature is less than 20 degrees. 

The coldest game of Chiefs quarterback Patrick Mahomes' career was 27 degrees against the Baltimore Ravens earlier in the season. KC won in dramatic fashion in overtime. Mahomes and the Chiefs played very well in snowy conditions last Saturday during their AFC Divisional Round win over the Indianapolis Colts at home.

The Patriots will be battling the cold and history Sunday. Only two teams in NFL history have won a conference championship game on the road despite having a losing record away from home during the regular season, and no team has won a conference title game on the road since 2012.

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Rams vs. Saints live stream: Watch NFC Championship Game online

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Rams vs. Saints live stream: Watch NFC Championship Game online

The first team to clinch a berth to Super Bowl LIII in Atlanta will be the winner of Sunday's NFC Championship Game between the New Orleans Saints and the Los Angeles Rams.

These teams were the top two seeds in the NFC playoffs, and the Saints are hoping homefield advantage helps them beat the Rams and clinch their first conference title since 2009. The Rams are in the NFC Championship Game for the first time since moving to Los Angeles and last made the Super Bowl during the 2001 season as the St. Louis Rams.

We could see a rematch of that 2001 Super Bowl if the New England Patriots beat the Kansas City Chiefs on the road in the AFC Championship Game. It would provide another thrilling chapter in the Boston vs. Los Angeles sports rivalry, and give Rams fans an opportunity for revenge after a crushing Super Bowl XXXVI defeat. A Patriots-Saints Super Bowl would give fans a legendary battle between two of the best quarterbacks in NFL history: Tom Brady vs. Drew Brees. These quarterbacks have never met in the Super Bowl, but have defied the odds by playing at an elite level into their 40s.

The Patriots and Chiefs already will know who they would play in the Super Bowl by the time the AFC title game gets underway at Arrowhead Stadium.

Here's how to watch Saints vs. Rams online.

When: Sunday, Jan. 20 at 3:05 p.m. ET
TV Channel: FOX
Live Stream: FOX Sports GO

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