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Jan 12, 2016 8:06 PM

New England Patriots, Tom Brady prepare for the red-hot Kansas City Chiefs

FOXBOROUGH - "It starts with the coach then it trickles down to Alex Smith, playing really good football, making really good decisions with the football."

"Game-manager" is what people call Alex Smith. But many players say he deserves more credit for his team's success of this season as a dual-threat.

Their defense has been exceptional, stronger each week, feasting on turnovers that can change the entire game's complexity.

"When they get turnovers they turn them into points, and when you turn them into points, they’re good in the kicking game and when they’re good in the kicking game, the defense can tee off," said Tom Brady of the Chiefs' defense. "Like I said the other day, it kind of creates this snowball effect and the game is out of hand."

And how will the Patriots play this week after a shaky regular season ending? They are looking to leadership.

Brady was asked about his intensity heading into the playoffs.

"There's different tools at different times with different players. We're all trying to get to the same place," said Brady. "You've got to have different leadership styles with players. I think there's always a sense of urgency."

The Patriots also expect to have Julian Edelman, Dont'a Hightower, and Sebastian Vollmer back in the lineup.

But Tuesday, there was an unexpected injury to head coach Bill Belichick with a swollen eye.

"I'll be fine," he told reporters.

It's not like they don't have enough motivation, but there has been chatter about the Patriots' loss to the Kansas City last season 41-14.

Of course that will be only some of their study material this week.

NH1 News will have your game coverage Saturday from Gillette Stadium. Kickoff is at 4:30 p.m.

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