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AFC Championship Game schedule: Patriots vs. Chiefs date, time, TV channel

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AFC Championship Game schedule: Patriots vs. Chiefs date, time, TV channel

The New England Patriots and Kansas City Chiefs will play in a mouth-watering AFC Championship Game matchup at Arrowhead Stadium on Sunday. 

The Patriots beat the Los Angeles Chargers and the Chiefs beat the Indianapolis Colts in their AFC Divisional Round matchups.

Sunday's showdown will be the Patriots' eighth AFC title game in a row and third on the road over that span. The Patriots, with a win against the Chiefs, would become the first team to reach the Super Bowl in three consecutive seasons since the Buffalo Bills in the 1990s. 

The Chiefs are hoping to end their Super Bowl appearance drought. Kansas City has not reached the Super Bowl since the 1969 season when it defeated the Minnesota Vikings 23-7 in Super Bowl IV. The majority of the pressure will be on the Chiefs as the favorites and the team with home-field advantage.

The last meeting between these teams at Arrowhead Stadium was a one-sided affair. The Chiefs crushed the Patriots 41-14 during the 2014 season. The Patriots were 3-5 on the road this season and need to execute as well as they did Sunday against the Chargers to have a chance to upset the Chiefs. 

Here's all the information you need to watch the Patriots and Chiefs square off with a berth in Super Bowl LIII on the line.

When: Sunday, Jan. 20 at 6:40 p.m. ET
Where: Arrowhead Stadium, Kansas City, MO
TV Channel: CBS

NBC Sports Boston will have all the coverage you need for the AFC Championship Game. Here's our Sunday lineup:

4 p.m.: Opening Drive
5 p.m.: Pregame Live

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Florida judge temporarily blocks release of Robert Kraft video

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Florida judge temporarily blocks release of Robert Kraft video

The Robert Kraft drama continues with a ruling from a Florida judge on Tuesday that temporarily barred the release of surveillance footage of Kraft paying for prostitution.

According to The Boston Globe, a judge said that "the 'fairly unremarkable' allegations have dominated the headlines because the defendant owns 'the most successful franchise' in the National Football League."

The protective order temporarily bars authorities from releasing the now infamous "tape" which purportedly shows Kraft at the spa.

As The Boston Globe points out, "releasing such evidence to the media would routinely occur under Florida public records law."

This does not mean the tape will not be released to the public, only that it should remain sealed in anticipation of Kraft's trial, should it occur. Judge Leonard Hanser ruled that, "The Court concludes that Defendant's right to a fair trial requires the disputed videotape be withheld from Intervenors for a limited duration as described specifically, below."

Judge Hanser then proceeds to outline what took place at the spa and the basis of the decision.

Kraft, while he apologized for his actions last month, continues to fight them in court.

The ultimate fate of whether or not the video will be released, or possible NFL discipline, like the outcome of Kraft's case, remains to be seen.

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Jets player gives honest take on how close New York is to Patriots' level

Jets player gives honest take on how close New York is to Patriots' level

The New York Jets will enter the 2019 NFL season with a lot of optimism, and there are a few reasons for that.

The Jets hired Adam Gase, who was fired by the Miami Dolphins in January, to be the team's next head coach. New York also made a splash in NFL free agency with the signings of running back Le'Veon Bell, wide receiver Jamison Crowder and linebacker C.J. Mosley. The Jets also have the No. 3 pick in the first round of the 2019 NFL Draft.

Despite these additions and changes, anyone taking a realistic look at the AFC East race knows the gap between the Jets and the defending Super Bowl champion New England Patriots remains gargantuan. 

Jets guard Kelechi Osemele understands the type of challenge New York faces to reach the Patriots' level, and he offered a realistic take on the situation Tuesday.

The Patriots have beaten the Jets six consecutive times, as well as seven of the last eight meetings. New England also has won 10 division titles in a row. New York hasn't even reached the AFC playoffs since 2010.

The Jets should be improved next season compared to 2018, but making the playoffs in 2019 still isn't a likely outcome for them. New York will get its first crack at the rival Patriots in Week 3 of the regular season at Gillette Stadium.

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