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Why the "Super Blood Wolf Moon" is a good omen for Patriots vs. Chiefs

Why the "Super Blood Wolf Moon" is a good omen for Patriots vs. Chiefs

If you read that headline, we're sure you have questions.

First: What the heck is a "Super Blood Wolf Moon," and what does it have to do with the AFC Championship Game?

Coincidentally, a total lunar eclipse will begin around 11:41 p.m. ET on Sunday night, shortly after the (expected) end of the New England Patriots' playoff game against the Kansas City Chiefs, which kicks off at 6:40 p.m. ET from Arrowhead Stadium.

And this lunar eclipse is extra special: Not only will folks in Kansas City see a "super moon" -- which means the moon is orbiting closer to earth than usual -- but the moon is expected to have a reddish tint. Add in the fact that the January full moon is known as the "Wolf Moon," and you have the "Super Blood Wolf Moon," a name that lends itself quite well to headlines.

Couple a spooky moon with an expected "arctic blast," and there could be some pretty freaky conditions for Sunday's game.

Both weather events bode well for New England, though. Red Sox fans may recall a total lunar eclipse that occurred on the night of Oct. 27, 2004 -- the same night Boston won Game 4 of the World Series to break "the curse" and capture its first championship since 1918.

Also, doesn't a "Super Blood Wolf Moon" just sound like something Tom Brady would dominate under?

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Tom Brady shouts out Antonio Brown on Instagram after strong Patriots debut

Tom Brady shouts out Antonio Brown on Instagram after strong Patriots debut

Whatever fate awaits Antonio Brown off the field, Tom Brady clearly enjoys having him on it.

After completing four passes to Brown for 56 yards and a touchdown in the New England Patriots' 43-0 rout of the Miami Dolphins, Brady showed his new wide receiver some love via his Instagram story.

Brady also shouted out special teamer Matthew Slater and his entire offensive line in the same Instagram story after a complete team win in Miami.

If Brady and Brown are "just getting started," that's a scary proposition for their opponents. The seven-time Pro Bowl wide receiver looked sharp in Sunday's debut but still left room for improvement, catching only half of his quarterback's eight targets as he gets up to speed in the Patriots' offense.

Brown is the subject of a civil lawsuit filed Tuesday by his former trainer, Britney Taylor, who has accused him of rape and sexual assault. Taylor reportedly is set to meet with the NFL on Monday to discuss her allegations.

But the wideout appears to have the support of his QB, as Brady also left a comment on Brown's Instagram post with his father after the game Sunday.

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Patriots defense make NFL history with performance through two games

Patriots defense make NFL history with performance through two games

The New England Patriots defense has played very well to start the season. In fact, they are performing historically well.

So far through two contests, the Patriots have allowed a minuscule three points in two games against the Pittsburgh Steelers and the Miami Dolphins. According to the ESPN Stats and Info Twitter account, that's tied for the fewest points allowed through two games during the Super Bowl era.

Of the three teams listed along with the Patriots, two made the playoffs but none of them made it to the Super Bowl. The Patriots will look to change that.

The Patriots have faced 22 drives this season and only one has ended in a score. Of the other drives, nine have ended in 3-and-outs and five have ended on interceptions (two of which were returned for touchdowns).

It's unlikely that the Patriots' success will continue on at this rate for the foreseeable future. But even if they regress a bit, they will still be one of the most powerful teams in the entire league and will sport one of the NFL's fiercest defenses. Either way, the Patriots defense is a strength and will surely give the Patriots a chance to make it to their fourth consecutive Super Bowl.

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