The New England Patriots blew a huge halftime lead to the Kansas City Chiefs, but mounted a comeback in the fourth quarter to defeat the Chiefs with a last-second field goal from Stephen Gostkowski. The final score was Patriots 43, Chiefs 40.
Here’s the instant analysis from the game.
First off: AHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHH
AHhhhhhAhhhhhh. AHHHHHHHHHHH. Ahhhhh? AHHHHHHHHHHH!!!!! Ah.
Tom Brady had a great, but not perfect, game
Brady finished the day completing 24 of 35 passes (68.6%) for 340 yards and a touchdown, while adding another 4-yard touchdown run. He led the game-winning drive in the fourth quarter and New England didn’t punt all day. Only one drive ended on the Patriots side of the field and six made it to the red zone. The Patriots offense was unstoppable all day.
But he wasn’t perfect. Brady made a bone-headed decision to hold on to the football on third down and allowed the pressure to close in and the Chiefs forced and recovered the fumble on the Patriots 29-yard line. That was bad.
Brady also missed a few open targets, including one weird pass by the goal line where he threw it a mile wide of Julian Edelman because he made a last-second decision to throw in a different direction. Weird move, Tom.
Brady’s still the best quarterback for New England, but he’s been making some weird decisions this year. Hopefully he’ll settle down and the Patriots will finally be able to score 50 points.
That was Brady’s 200th career regular season victory. Congrats, Tom!
Sony Michel is now Money Michel
Michel finished the day with 106 rushing yards and 2 touchdowns as he continues to show why he was a first round pick. Michel now has three straight games with 100+ yards from scrimmage and a touchdown, and has 316 rushing yards, 12 receiving yards, and 4 touchdowns over the past three games.
Michel and White, a potential law firm in downtown Boston, combined for 198 yards from scrimmage. Over the past three weeks, they’ve combined for 609 yards from scrimmage and 7 touchdowns. That’s incredible production from the Patriots backfield.
Are we concerned about Rob Gronkowski- oh, wait, there he is
Gronkowski finished the game with 97 yards on 3 catches, with a 42-yard grab and a 39-yard catch on the team’s final two drives. He was oddly quiet in the Patriots passing attack, especially with Chiefs safeties Eric Berry and Eric Murray both injured and not playing. And yet, there Gronk was, making big plays when it mattered most.
Still, are people worried that Gronkowski isn’t producing more? He hasn’t scored a touchdown in five games, the longest stretch of his career. He was doing a great job blocking. Is he just biding his time to start racking up production?
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Stephon Gilmore is incredible. The rest of the secondary? Not so much.
Gilmore has continued to play at an extremely high- possibly All Pro- level as he held Sammy Watkins to 18 yards on 2 catches and broke up a pass in the end zone. 15 of those yards came on a low crosser where Gilmore had to fight through traffic. Gilmore’s been amazing.
Everyone else in the secondary? Not so much. Tyreek Hill collected 142 yards and 3 touchdowns as he beat whichever defensive backs crossed it path. He embarrassed both Jason McCourty and Devin McCourty multiple times. He burned Duron Harmon. He even beat Jonathan Jones early on in what would have been a touchdown if Patrick Mahomes had been more accurate. It was a bad day for the defensive backs.
Add in Kareem Hunt collected 105 receiving yards, including a 67-yard score after the McCourty brothers had a miscommunication in zone defense (blame should go to Jason McCourty for not ensuring there was safety help before passing the player on), and it was a bad day in the office.
The Patriots run defense was lucky
The New England run defense was a man down with Malcom Brown inactive with an injury and they were fortunate that Tom Brady and company rushed out to an early lead because they really struggled to contain the Kansas City rushing attack.
Kareem Hunt had 80 yards on 10 carries, including a 31-yard gain and a 22-yard gain. If the game were closer for more of the game, he probably could have challenged the record for most yards from scrimmage against Bill Belichick’s Patriots- held by Hunt from the 2017 season opener.
Dont’a Hightower had a good game, but Kyle Van Noy had a missed tackle and there were just some enormous gaps in the trenches as the Patriots missed having Brown in the defensive tackle rotation with Lawrence Guy and Danny Shelton.
New England is in great position in the AFC
This game against the Chiefs was the biggest test for the Patriots in their second quarter of the season and they passed (albeit barely). The Patriots are now 4-2 and atop the AFC East. The Chiefs are still the top team in the conference, but the Patriots have the tiebreaker now.
There are five teams in the conference with 4-2 records- Patriots, Miami Dolphins, Cincinnati Bengals, Baltimore Ravens, and Los Angeles Chargers- while the Pittsburgh Steelers are close behind at 3-2-1. Four more teams are 3-3. The AFC has a lot of competition and the Patriots have shown they are the class of the conference.
The Patriots travel to Chicago to play the Bears next weekend.