Best and Worst: Patriots 43, Chiefs 40
FOXBORO -- The Best and Worst of a wild, classic Sunday Night Shootout between the Patriots and Chiefs, which ended with a Stephen Gostkowski field goal and a 43-40 Patriots victory.
RP . . . NO!
On the first play of their second drive, Patrick Mahomes got picked off by Donta Hightower, setting up the first Patriots' touchdown.
THE HELL . . . ?
20-yard play on kickoff? Just didn’t seem desighned for them to recover the ball. 10-yard return by Ware and then a long gain by Kareem.
On Sony Michel’s 1-yard touchdown run, James Develin stepped into the hole and rooted out a Chiefs linebacker with extreme prejudice.
On his first Kenjon Barner’s first carry as a Patriot, he burst free for 10 yards and a first down.
The Patriots made it 17-6 when Julian Edelman hauled in a cloud-scraping throw from Brady on a third-and-10 from the Kansas City 17.
STAND UP GUY
On-field mics picked up a command by Tom Brady to Rob Gronkowski in the first half. It was prior to the snap and Gronk was in a three-point stance. Brady simply said, “Stand up!” He did.
HAPPENS THAT FAST
On third-and-2 from his own 33, Patrick Mahomes surveyed and found Jason McCourty on Kareem Hunt along the right sideline. When Hunt took it upfield, McCourty lost track or expected help. Either way, it was a 67-yard touchdown that got the Chiefs to 24-16.
ALL HANDS TEAM
Josh Gordon, who drew a long defensive pass interference call in the first half, continues to catch every single pass thrown his way with nothing but his hands. No cushioning against his body.
DON’T YOU FORGET ABOUT ME
Chris Hogan appeared to be open on a pair of red zone plays in the third quarter on which Tom Brady threw incomplete to other receivers. Like, really ope
Elandon Roberts had a terrific third-and-2 pass breakup when he went airborne to deflect a Mahomes pass in the third quarter and force the Chiefs to settle for a 30-yard field goal that made it 27-19.
FLASHBACK TO 2000
Brady went on a very long wander in the third quarter trying to find a receiver on third-and-10 and eventually got caught and lit up. His fumble on the play put the Chiefs in business in Patriots territory.
Tyreek Hill got a clean release and cut across the field, leaving Devin McCourty in his wake for a touchdown that made it 27-26 late in the third.
And then he did it again, getting behind the entire secondary for a 75-yard TD that tied the score at 40-40 with just over three minutes to play.
ALL'S WELL THAT ENDS WELL
But Patrick Mahomes and the Chiefs gave Brady and crew too much time. The Pats started at their 25 and -- thanks in large part to a 39-yard Brady-to-Gronk throw -- were down to the Kansas City 9 in no time. They let the clock run down and Stephen Gostkowski sent everybody but Kansas City home happy with a chip-shot field goal as time expired.