FOXBOROUGH, Mass. -- New England Patriots head coach Bill Belichick said that he will definitely be studying last season’s 41-14 blowout loss to the Kansas City Chiefs in preparation for Saturday’s AFC divisional-round playoff game between the teams.
That game was unforgettable, in part because of how poorly the Patriots played on ESPN’s Monday Night Football, which ignited a sharp media reaction about the team’s future and if Belichick had surrounded quarterback Tom Brady with enough talent as the Patriots dropped to 2-2. It also sparked Belichick’s memorable “on to Cincinnati” comment that became a rallying point for the team over the rest of the season, which culminated in a Super Bowl championship.
“It was a pretty dominant performance by Kansas City, so I’m sure that there are things from that game that they may try to do or that they may feel like they can still do or want to do,” Belichick said Sunday of the last meeting between the clubs. “We’ll definitely have to take that into consideration.”
At the same time, Belichick acknowledged that “a lot of time has passed” since that game on Sept. 29, 2014. Thus, it represents one small piece of the overall game-planning process.
“There have been 25 games played since then,” he said. “It’s definitely a game to look at, but there are a couple thousand plays on either side of the ball. I think you look at it, there are things we can take from it, [but] there are some things that I’d say are somewhat outdated just based on the players and the personnel.
“So it has relevance. We’re certainly going to have to prepare and coach the team a lot better than we did that night.”
Patriots players have had the weekend off and are scheduled to return to Gillette Stadium on Monday. Practices are scheduled for Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday, before the standard day-before-game walk-through on Friday.
The Chiefs, who have won 11 in a row, defeated the Houston Texans 30-0 on Saturday in the wild-card round of the playoffs.