The New England Patriots defense made it interesting for a while, but the effort wasn't enough as they fell to the Kansas City Chiefs on Monday night.
Brian Hoyer simply couldn't get the job done in Cam Newton's place. While the defense kept it close, the veteran quarterback tossed an interception and was strip-sacked in the redzone before being replaced by Jarrett Stidham early in the fourth quarter.
Stidham wasted no time making an impact as he tossed his first career touchdown pass to N'Keal Harry. Unfortunately for the Patriots, Julian Edelman's drop on their next drive led to a Chiefs pick-six and Stidham tossed another pick later on that sealed Kansas City's victory.
Costly mistakes were the story in this one for the Patriots. In addition to the INTs thrown by Hoyer and Stidham, Devin McCourty and J.C. Jackson both dropped what should have been easy Patrick Mahomes picks.
Tyreek Hill and Mecole Hardman were on the receiving end of the Chiefs' two offensive TDs.
FINAL SCORE: Chiefs 26, Patriots 10
Patriots Record: 2-2
Gilmore forces the fumble to start the 2nd quarter
Olszewski makes a heads-up play
Charlton strip-sacks Hoyer to spoil Pats drive
Mahomes connects with Kelce for a big play late in the 3rd
Hill takes it in the end zone for the Chiefs TD
Stidham takes over for Hoyer, tosses his first career TD pass to Harry
Hardman extends the Chiefs lead
Edelman's drop leads to a Chiefs pick-six
Stidham tosses another INT
Sunday, Oct. 11 vs. Broncos, 1:00 p.m. (CBS)
Sunday, Oct. 18: BYE WEEK
Sunday, Oct. 25: vs. 49ers (FOX)
Sunday, Nov. 1 at Bills, 1 p.m. (CBS)