WATCH: Rex Burkhead scores game-winning touchdown, punches Patriots' ticket to Super Bowl
A former Nebraska star is the reason the New England Patriots are headed back to the Super Bowl.
Rex Burkhead scored on a two-yard run in overtime, giving the Patriots a 37-31 win over the Kansas City Chiefs and sending them to their third straight Super Bowl. It was his second touchdown run of the game.
Burkhead also scored late in regulation, giving the Patriots a 31-28 lead with just :39 remaining in the game. The Chiefs were able to convert on a game-tying field goal, though, sending the contest into overtime.
Here’s Burkhead’s two-yard run to give the Patriots the victory in the AFC Championship:
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And here’s Burkhead’s four-yard touchdown run in the fourth quarter:
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Burkhead carried the ball 12 times for 41 yards and two touchdowns in the win. The game-winning score comes just one week after the former Husker scored his first NFL postseason touchdown. He scored on a six-yard rush in the AFC Divisional matchup against the Chargers last weekend.
New England defeated San Diego 41-28.
Super Bowl LIII will be the Patriots vs. Los Angeles Rams, a rematch of Super Bowl XXXVI.