It was a similar scenario to ones we have seen numerous times in the past. With just over three minutes to play in the fourth quarter, the game tied at 40, and New England with the ball starting at their own 25 with a chance to win the game. And just like all the other times, Tom Brady led a long drive that wiped out all the clock and set his team up for a game-winning field goal attempt.
The veteran Stephen Gostkowski hit a 28-yard field goal as time expired to give the New England Patriots a hard-fought 43-40 win over the previously unbeaten Kansas City Chiefs. With the win, the Patriots improved to 4-2 and the Chiefs dropped to 5-1. More importantly, the win by Patriots prevented the Chiefs from running away with the AFC and kept themselves in contention for a top-seed. And to add onto that, it was Tom Brady’s 200th career win as a starting QB.
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In what was arguably the best game of the season thus far, the Chiefs clawed their way back from a 24-9 halftime deficit to take a 33-30 lead with 8:38 left to play in the game. After a Patriots’ touchdown and field goal, Patrick Mahomes found Tyreek Hill for a 75-yard touchdown on the first play of the drive to tie the game at 40.
The most surprising part of the second half for the Chiefs may have been the play of Mahomes. After a two-interception first half in which he could not find the endzone, the second half saw a total reverse in which Mahomes threw for four touchdowns and zero interceptions. Mahomes ended the game going 23-36 for 352 yards. Mahomes was not the only one who picked it up in the second half for the Chiefs. Tyreek Hill had three touchdowns in the second half to finish the game with 7 receptions for 142 yards.
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For the Patriots, Tom Brady had a solid game going 24-35 for 340 yards and one touchdown. He was assisted in the running game by rookie Sony Michel, who rushed for 106 yards on 24 carries and punched in two touchdowns. Tight end Rob Gronkowski provided huge plays down the stretch, catching three passes for 97 yards.
Like they have been throughout the season, the Chiefs were once again let down by their bad defense. It is not a stretch to say that while the Chiefs have one of the best offenses in the league, they have one of, if not the worst, defense in the entire league. This is a huge problem, especially going into the playoffs. Head coach Andy Reid must fix this. As for the Patriots, they proved once again that they are still the team to beat in the AFC. As for Tom Brady, he proved that he can still play at a high level and that he still as some of that late-game clutchness left in him.
The Chiefs return home to host the Bengals.
The Patriots head to Soldier Field to play the Bears.