The Patriots will have their hands full next Sunday night in Kansas City against the Chiefs for the chance to represent the AFC in the Super Bowl.
Not only will they be playing the No. 1 seed, but the game will be at Arrowhead Stadium, one of the toughest places to play in the entire league.
Appearing on Ordway, Merloni & Fauria Monday, Bill Belichick tried his best to downplay it.
“Look, the hardest thing about playing in Arrowhead is the Chiefs," he said. "They are a great football team, the top seed in the AFC this year. Obviously, they are very good and playing them anywhere is hard. They are good at home, but they are good everywhere. We’re going to have to do a great job competing against the Chiefs and whatever else it is, it is. Crowd noise, there’s nothing we can really do about any of that. What we can control is our performance and our execution and that is what we’re going to focus on.”
Another storyline going into the week will be the Patriots home/road splits this year. The team was undefeated (9-0) at home, while just 3-5 on the road. Belichick downplayed that as well.
“We try and play well every week, so that is what we’re going to try to do," he said. "We’re going to try and play well. At home and on the road we try and play well every week in all three phases. That is what we’re going to try and do this week.”
The Patriots and Chiefs will kickoff at 6:40 p.m. next Sunday.