Tom Brady has warned his New England Patriots defence to prepare for a huge test against Patrick Mahomes when they clash with the Kansas City Chiefs.
The two teams face off in a rematch of last season's AFC Championship game at Arrowhead Stadium on Sunday night.
Mahomes and Brady were at the forefront of several memorable battles between the two sides in recent years.
The young slinger was powerless to prevent a 43-40 defeat in a thrilling shoot-out last season before the Patriots ended their Super Bowl hopes with a 37-31 overtime win.
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After suffering an injury early in the season, Mahomes has failed to put up huge numbers this campaign compared to last year's MVP-winning season.
But he has quietly led the Chiefs to an 8-4 record, entering their latest game having thrashed AFC West rivals the Oakland Raiders 40-9 at the weekend.
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The Patriots suffered defeat at the hands of the Houston Texans leaving them needing a response – and Brady has warned they will need to be at their very best as he highlighted the strengths of Mahomes and his offence.
Speaking on his weekly spot on WEEEI's The Greg Hill Show about Mahomes, Brady said: "He's pretty spectacular.
"I think very highly of him and his skill set, and he's a very good player.
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"They have a very good team and a very good offense. They have very dynamic receivers—one of the best groups in the league.
"They've got one of the best tight ends in the league, they have some great running backs, and Patrick distributes the ball to all of them, and it makes it very hard to defend when you have a lot of players you can get the ball too.
"It's a big challenge for our defense.
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"And offensively, we're going to have to play a great game.
"We're going to have to take advantage of our scoring opportunities and keep from turning the ball over and see if we can go out there and beat a very good team at home."
The weekend fixtures saw the Patriots' lead at the top of the AFC East cut to just one game, with the 9-3 Buffalo Bills breathing down their necks entering the final four games of the regular season.
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