There's more to a season than one play, but this play is the difference between the game being played in NE and KC. Heck, I'd be happy for this game to be played in Miami as the Patriots are definitely jinxed here.
SB Nation wrote:
The Chiefs will face the Patriots in the AFC Championship Game in a rematch of New England’s buzzer-beating Week 6 win. But with a spot in the Super Bowl on the line, Kansas City will have one major advantage — and it’s all thanks to Rob Gronkowski’s inability to make a tackle.https://www.sbnation.com/nfl/2019/1/14/ ... anks-gronk
The 2019 AFC Championship Game will take place in the hostile, frozen environment of Missouri’s Arrowhead Stadium thanks to the Chiefs’ status as the conference’s top seed — a designation made possible, in part, to one play. Kenyan Drake’s lateral-assisted dash to the end zone delivered the Patriots their fourth of five losses on the season. And it probably wouldn’t have happened if All-Pro safety Devin McCourty and not tight end Gronkowski were serving as New England’s last line of defense.
The Miami Miracle isn’t the only reason why Kansas City reigned over the rest of the AFC, but it played a bigger role than any other single play over the rest of 2018’s 17-week season. With one 69-yard play, the Dolphins stole a win from the Patriots’ ledger — a win that would loom large over the rest of the season. A 12-4 New England team would have taken the top seed in the conference by virtue of its Week 6 win over the Chiefs. An 11-5 team had to sweat out an Eagles win over the Texans just to earn a first-round bye.