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This crazy stat explains Patriots' tough task beating Chiefs in Kansas City

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This crazy stat explains Patriots' tough task beating Chiefs in Kansas City

Winning on the road in the NFL playoffs is difficult, and Arrowhead Stadium in Kansas City is among the toughest venues for an opposing team to leave with a win.

This is the feat the New England Patriots must accomplish Sunday when they play Patrick Mahomes and the Kansas City Chiefs in the AFC Championship Game. Tom Brady and the Patriots beat the Chiefs 43-40 in Week 6, but that game was in New England. The last time Brady played at Arrowhead he was benched during a 41-14 loss in Week 4 of the 2014 season.

The Patriots not only will be battling the frigid cold and a raucous Chiefs crowd at Arrowhead -- history also isn't on New England's side. Here's how road teams have fared in recent conference championship games.

The Patriots have accounted for two of these 10 losses -- both coming in Denver to Peyton Manning's Broncos in 2013 and 2015. The Pats have lost their last three AFC title games on the road dating back to the blown 21-3 lead against Manning and the Indianapolis Colts in 2006. The Patriots also own a less-than-stellar 3-11-1 record all-time in Kansas City.

New England's last road win in the AFC Championship Game came in 2004 over the Pittsburgh Steelers at Heinz Field. The only other Patriots road win of the Brady/Bill Belichick era in this setting came three years prior in 2001 against the Steelers at Heinz Field.

The Patriots, despite all of the factors working against them, still should be pretty confident entering Sunday's game. Their AFC Divisional Round win over the Los Angeles Chargers on Sunday was quite impressive, Brady is playing as well as he has all season and the pass rush showed great improvement versus L.A. And we cannot forget about the Patriots embracing the underdog role, especially because they rarely are in that position.

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Shawne Merriman's hilarious Father's Day tweet will make Patriots fans smile

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Shawne Merriman's hilarious Father's Day tweet will make Patriots fans smile

Shawne Merriman is no fan of the New England Patriots, but his son's allegiances seems to differ a bit.

The former Los Angeles Chargers star posted a Father's Day tweet Sunday with a photo of his son getting ready to buy a Tom Brady Patriots jersey with a Super Bowl LI patch, and the three-time Pro Bowler's reaction is priceless. 

A Brady jersey probably is the last piece of NFL apparel that Merriman would want his son to buy, given his history with the Patriots.

Merriman still hasn't forgotten about the Patriots coming into San Diego and defeating the 14-2 Chargers in the 2006 AFC Divisional Round. It was the Chargers' best team in a long time, and after the Patriots won in dramatic fashion, some New England players mocked Merriman's sack dance during the on-field celebrations. Chargers players weren't happy at all.

But hey, props to Merriman's son, he knows greatness when he sees it. And he's not alone, evidenced by Brady once again leading all NFL players in royalties from sales of items including jerseys.

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Tom Brady is taking notes from Raptors' massive championship parade

Tom Brady is taking notes from Raptors' massive championship parade

The Raptors saw an estimated 1.5 million people flood the streets of Toronto on Wednesday for the team's first NBA championship parade.

Tom Brady's reaction? Challenge accepted.

Here's the New England Patriots quarterback's simple yet effective tweet upon seeing the massive turnout in Toronto:

Brady knows a thing or two about highly-attended championship parades: Roughly 1.5 million people came out in Boston just four months ago to watch the Patriots celebrate their sixth Super Bowl title.

That attendance number was a record for the city's many Patriots title parades, but it appears the Raptors matched that Monday.

So, Brady and Co. will just have to win a seventh championship to raise the bar yet again next February.

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