Patriots video: Rex Burkhead pushes New England in front with late-game touchdown rush
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Video: Rex Burkhead pushes Patriots in front with late-game touchdown rush

Rex Burkhead

The New England Patriots’ backfield is showing up in their biggest game of the season so far. That’s mostly the pair of rookie Sony Michel and veteran Rex Burkhead, who scored a clutch touchdown late in the fourth quarter that ultimately gave the chance for the defending AFC champions to continue defending their conference title against the Kansas City Chiefs on the road.

The Chiefs erased a 10-point deficit at the start of the fourth quarter by leaning heavily on the arm of quarterback Patrick Mahomes and the legs of running back Damien Williams. Williams opened up the action in the final period with a touchdown catch from Mahomes and then caught another in the next possession to give Kansas City a 21-17 lead. However, Michel and Burkhead answered those Chiefs’ end-zone production with their own. Michel finished the regulation with 113 rushing yards and two touchdowns on 29 carries, while Burkhead had 26 rushing yards and a crucial touchdown score on eight carries. James White had the rest of the Pats’ production on the ground in regulation with 23 rushing yards on six carries.

The Chiefs managed to tie the game with a field goal by Harrison Butler, thus necessitating an overtime to determine who will meet the Los Angeles Rams in Super Bowl 53.