Published: Mon, October 15, 2018
Sports | By Sarah Myers

Pats win shootout to end Chiefs' unbeaten start

Pats win shootout to end Chiefs' unbeaten start

The only problem was somebody forgot to tell Brady.

Brady's favorite target in Sunday night's thrilling 43-40 win over the Kansas City Chiefs was Gordon, who had by far the busiest game of his young New England Patriots tenure. That put the Chiefs down 17-6 for the largest deficit they'd been in all season.

Mahomes misfired on two possible touchdown passes on the first drive as the Chiefs settled for a field goal. He did have two interceptions. It's tough to get a paragraph in the sports history books in New England given the volumes upon volumes that have been written. Mahomes leads the National Football League with 14 passing touchdowns, tight end Travis Kelce has recorded three 100-yard games, Kareem Hunt has already scored five touchdowns, and Tyreek Hill (three TDs) is a threat to go the distance every time he touches the ball.

The Patriots' Hall of Fame-bound quarterback spent the first half scoring touchdowns while the Chiefs settled for field goals. The Chiefs dropped eight players into coverage and rushed Brady with three on 14 of his 27 pass attempts in the first three quarters and had no sacks. But he matched his pick total in the first half against the Patriots.

The Chiefs trailed 24-9 at the half, but rallied to take a second-half lead in a back-and-forth game.

The Patriots, however, didn't need Edelman to win their first two home games of the season before last week's showdown with the Saints.

The question of "Which game will you watch?" - as if the Patriots and Red Sox are an either/or proposition - is roughly as outdated as sitting in an easy chair to watch the big game on a black-and-white Magnavox. On the Chiefs third play after halftime, Mahomes floated to his right before firing a 67-yard touchdown pass to Kareem Hunt that got Kansas City back in the game trailing 24-16.

The Patriots have allowed 40-plus points in a regular season game just three times in the last five seasons - all to the Chiefs.

Mahomes ended his night passing for 352 yards and four touchdowns, setting a Chiefs' record for five straight 300-yard passing games.

With the Chiefs gaining the momentum the Patriots had to answer.

Where can you watch the New England Patriots game this week? After the Patriots tied it at 3-3, Mahomes was picked by Hightower, whom the Chiefs clearly were targeting early on in the pass game.

Patriots 40, Chiefs 40 3:15 4th QTR - Mahomes with a 75-yard touchdown reception to Tyreek Hill.

The defense held strong on the next drive and the Pats led, 10-6, following Butker's 43-yard boot at 3:29 of the first quarter. It didn't take long.

Patriots are 21-8-1 ATS in their last 30 games after scoring more than 30 points in their previous game. Following a 17-yard Travis Kelce reception, the Chiefs had a first-and-goal from the 7-yard line. It was 37-33 Patriots and it felt like the shootout was just getting started.

The NFL has given us Patrick Mahomes against Tom Brady in a primetime matchup on Sunday Night Football in Week 6. He needed about 12 seconds of that.

Patrick Mahomes and the Chiefs suffered their first loss of the season.

It was Brady's turn, and some things never change.

The Patriots responded, using 42-yard pass from Brady to Chris Hogan to help set up a 4-yard touchdown run by Brady that put the Patriots back in front.

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