The New England Patriots entered their Week 4 matchup against the Kansas City Chiefs shorthanded, but for three quarters put up a respectable fight. While the game ultimately was lost with a final score of 26-10, we therefore do have some positive moments to look back on.
With that said, here are five plays worthy of being crowned the Patriots’ best on Monday. Please make sure to vote for your favorite below — the play with the most votes, as always, will be broken down in greater detail later during the week.
1.) Stephon Gilmore forces a fumble
Gilly Gilly! pic.twitter.com/Ya7jOJ0q0m— Pats Pulpit (@patspulpit) October 5, 2020
Up 6-0 and having just registered an interception, the Chiefs had all the momentum on their side. Patriots cornerback Stephon Gilmore made sure that would not be the case for too long, though: after a short catch by Sammy Watkins on a 2nd-and-10 play on the edge of New England’s red zone, the reigning NFL Defensive Player of the Year punched the football out. J.C. Jackson recovered for a timely turnover just two plays after the aforementioned pick.
2.) Chase Winovich’s almost-strip sack
Terrible call. The #Patriots should have the football. Also...Mahomes still doesn't trust what he's seeing and when he's seeing it, he's seeing his guys covered. #Patriots #Chiefs @nflnetwork @AroundTheNFL pic.twitter.com/Lf6sKKNhQg— Michael Giardi (@MikeGiardi) October 6, 2020
The most controversial moment of the night came when Chase Winovich took down Chiefs quarterback Patrick Mahomes for a 7-yard sack in the second quarter. The play was ruled a sack on the field because Mahomes’ forward progress had been stopped, but it could very well have turned into a fumble recovery for the Patriots had referee Tony Corrente not blown the whistle prematurely. Either way, the play itself was an outstanding one by Winovich.
3.) Brian Hoyer with a laser to Damiere Byrd
Found a Byrd through the window. @bhoyer7 | @LookIn_Da_Miere— New England Patriots (@Patriots) October 6, 2020
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Before getting benched after a costly sack-fumble in the red zone — his second error in this part of the field costing New England points — Brian Hoyer threw one of the best passes of the day on either side: he fired a laser to wide receiver Damiere Byrd on 2nd-and-10 that resulted in a gain of 25 yards and could not have been placed any better. Hoyer’s game as a whole may have been a disappointment, but this throw was outstanding.
4.) Damien Harris goes for 41
Auburn QB hands off to Alabama RB for 41 yards! @Jarrett_Stidham | @DHx34— New England Patriots (@Patriots) October 6, 2020
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With Sony Michel being placed on injured reserve, the door was open for Damien Harris to take over as the Patriots’ new early-down back. The second-year runner did just that by gaining 100 yards on 17 hand-offs. His biggest rush came on the final play of the third quarter, when he found his way through the line for a 41-yard gain. Harris showed some strong burst and straight-line speed on the play.
5.) Jarrett Stidham to N’Keal Harry for six
Stidham. Harry. Touchdown. pic.twitter.com/01GjPR6gA5— Pats Pulpit (@patspulpit) October 6, 2020
After Hoyer’s second major faux pas, the Patriots pulled him in favor of Jarrett Stidham. The second-year man did not fare all that much better, but he did find N’Keal Harry for New England’s first and only touchdown of the day. The play was well executed by both players: Stidham threw a nice touch pass to the corner of the end zone, and Harry was able to come away with the football against close man coverage.
With all that said, what do you think was the Patriots’ best play on Monday night?
Which play was the Patriots’ biggest against the Chiefs?
This poll is closed
Gilmore’s forced fumble
Winovich’s almost-strip sack
Hoyer’s laser to Byrd
Harris’ 41-yard ramble
Stidham to Harry
Other (please name in comments)