FOXBORO -- New England Patriots quarterback Tom Brady showed up to his postgame press conference Sunday with a good-sized wrap over his right elbow, but he doesn't expect the injury to prevent him from playing in next week's matchup against the Cincinnati Bengals.
"I just got hit right on my elbow. It's fine," Brady admitted after his team's 23-16 loss to the Kansas City Chiefs at Gillette Stadium. "It'll probably be on the injury report, but I'll be there next Sunday."
Brady has been on the injury report with a right elbow issue for the last couple weeks, but he hasn't missed any snaps because of it.
NFL Media's Ian Rapoport reported Monday morning that Brady's practice time has been limited due to the injury and is "going to be thing" to monitor down the stretch.
From @gmfb: #Patriots QB Tom Brady showed up with a huge wrap on his elbow, while #Chiefs QB Patrick Mahomes' right hand should be OK, but he's having more tests today to be sure. pic.twitter.com/dhydbWGiJ9— Ian Rapoport (@RapSheet) December 9, 2019
The 42-year-old quarterback completed 19 of 36 pass attempts for just 163 yards with one touchdown and one interception versus the Chiefs. He's averaging only 225 passing yards per game over the last four weeks, and his completion percentage hasn't been over 60 percent in any of those matchups.
The Patriots offense has scored just 17.6 points over the last five games, and while Brady deserves his fair share of blame for these struggles, the entire unit has to play a lot better for the situation to improve. New England's only two touchdowns against the Chiefs were the result of a flea-flicker and good field position that resulted from a blocked punt. That's not good enough to win games in the regular season, let alone the playoffs.
Here are some other notes from the Patriots' loss to the Chiefs:
-- Brady isn't going to win many foot races, but he still has the ability to escape the pocket and pick up crucial first downs. His 17-yard run in the fourth quarter was a prime example.
-- The Patriots saw their 21-game home win streak snapped. In fact, with the Chiefs leading 17-7 in the second quarter, the Patriots trailed by double digits at home for the first time since the 2017 AFC Championship Game versus the Jacksonville Jaguars. New England won that game, but similar heroics weren't in the cards versus a Chiefs offense that scores the third-most points per game.
New England's streak was tied for the third-longest in league history among those that include playoff wins.
When it comes to home win streaks including both regular season & playoff action, the #Patriots lengthy one that got snapped by the Chiefs today ends up tied with one of their others for 3rd on this all-time list pic.twitter.com/AOGRj89YaI— StatsCentre (@StatsCentre) December 9, 2019
-- Another historic streak ended Sunday. The Patriots were 42-0 at home during the regular season against AFC opponents when Tom Brady and Julian Edelman both played.
-- New England's defense has given up more big scoring plays to Kansas City than any other opponent since the start of the 2017 season.
From @ESPNStatsInfo: Since 2017, the Chiefs have scored 5 TD of at least 40 yards from scrimmage vs the Patriots. All other teams over that span, combined, have 6 such TD vs New England.— Mike Reiss (@MikeReiss) December 8, 2019
The Chiefs took a 10-7 lead on a 48-yard touchdown pass from Patrick Mahomes to rookie wide receiver Mecole Hardman. Kansas City converted on 3rd-and-19 and 2nd-and-25 before Hardman's score.
.@PatrickMahomes on the mark!— NFL (@NFL) December 8, 2019
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--The Patriots received almost no production from two of their three first picks over the last two drafts. Second-year running back Sony Michel carried the ball five times and tallied eight rushing yards. He did not receive a single carry in the second half and played nine snaps overall. Rookie wide receiver N'Keal Harry caught only one pass for 12 yards and played two offensive snaps.
--Patriots wide receiver Julian Edelman passed Troy Brown for fourth place on the team's career receiving yards leaderboard. Brown tallied 6,366 receiving yards in his 15-year career with the Pats.
--Patriots punter Jake Bailey has enjoyed a tremendous rookie season.
Press-box announcement: Jake Bailey with 32nd punt inside the 20 this season, setting a Patriots single-season record.— Mike Reiss (@MikeReiss) December 8, 2019
--Chiefs tight end Travis Kelce ran for a touchdown in the first half, but he also made some history as a pass-catcher in the second half.
With 66 receiving yards in the @Chiefs' win over the Patriots, @tkelce (6,225) passed Antonio Gates (6,223) for the 2nd-most rec yards by a tight end in his first 7 seasons in NFL history.— NFL Research (@NFLResearch) December 9, 2019
He is only 56 yards away from passing Jimmy Graham (6,280) for the all-time record.
--Chiefs cornerback Bashaud Breeland intercepted a Brady pass in the first quarter and broke up the Patriots' pass attempt on fourth down late in the fourth quarter that sealed Kansas City's victory.
Breeland sees Sunday's win over the Patriots as a significant step for the Chiefs.
"Oh yeah, it's taking us in the right direction," Breeland said. "This is the type of game that we wanted to come play to really test where we're at. We've had our ups and downs throughout the season. We felt like this was our point that really can help get us over that hump and propel us to where we want to be."
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