Patriots video. Rex Burkhead gives New England the win in AFC title game vs. Chiefs with touchdown
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Video: Rex Burkhead gives Patriots the win in AFC title game vs. Chiefs with touchdown

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New England Patriots running back Rex Burkhead may never have to buy his own beer in Boston. Burkhead came up big in Sunday night’s 34-31 overtime win at Arrowhead Stadium against Patrick Mahomes and the Kansas City Chiefs to clinch the Pats a spot in Super Bowl 53.

Burkhead, who’s having quite a storybook season, gave the Patriots the win over Kansas City with this touchdown rumble in overtime.

Burkhead, who signed a three-year deal worth $9.75 million with the Patriots in March of last year, played in only eight games back in the regular season, as he spent the majority of the campaign on the injured reserve due to a neck issue. He was only activated by the Patriots on November and finished the regular season with just 186 rushing yards and zero rushing scores.

However, it seems that Burkhead was only waiting for the lights to be on its brightest before stepping it up in the Patriots’ backfield. In the team’s first playoff game this season, Burkhead scored a rushing touchdown in last week’s divisional-round win over the Los Angeles Chargers in Foxboro. Then he followed it up with a solid outing in the Chiefs game, finishing Sunday’s contest with only 41 rushing yards on 12 carries, but scored two touchdowns, including the one that gave New England the lead late in the fourth quarter.

Burkhead and the Patriots will now gear up for Super Bowl 53, where they will meet the Los Angeles Rams, who earlier beat the New Orleans Saints in the NFC Championship Game.