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Bill Belichick: ‘It’s a privilege to be playing the Chiefs’

Bill Belichick holds the Lamar Hunt Trophy after the Patriots won last year’s AFC championship.
Bill Belichick holds the Lamar Hunt Trophy after the Patriots won last year’s AFC championship. AP

The Chiefs and Patriots, both original American Football League teams in 1960, will be meeting in the postseason for the first time, completing the cycle for each against the seven other members of The Foolish Club, founded by the late Lamar Hunt, owner of the Chiefs.

“The AFC Championship trophy is named after Lamar,” Patriots coach Bill Belichick said Tuesday. “His stamp is on the game … and certainly on the AFC. It’s a privilege to be playing the Chiefs. They have a great tradition.”

The Patriots own eight AFC championships, so Belichick sees Hunt’s name every day he walks in the door.

“It’s there,” he said. “It sure is.”

Chiefs’ playoff history vs. original AFL teams

Houston Oilers (2-0): W, 20-17 (OT) in 1962 AFL Championship; W, 28-20 in 1993 AFC Divisional round

Buffalo Bills (1-2): W, 31-17 in 1966 AFL Championship; L, 37-14 in 1991 AFC Divisional round; L, 30-13 in 1993 AFC Championship

Oakland Raiders (2-1)*: L, 41-6 in 1968 AFL Divisional round; W, 17-7 in 1969 AFL Championship; W, 10-6 in 1991 AFC Wild Card round

New York Jets (1-1): W, 13-6 in 1969 AFL Divisional round; L, 35-15 in 1986 AFC Wild Card round

Los Angeles Chargers** (0-1): L, 17-0 in 1992 AFC Wild Card round

Denver Broncos (0-1): L, 14-10 in 1997 AFC Divisional round

Boston Patriots*** (TBD): Chiefs at New England, 3:35 p.m. Saturday in AFC Divisional round

*LA Raiders from 1982-94

**Moved to San Diego in 1961

***Re-named New England Patriots in 1971

Randy Covitz, @randycovitz

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