Patriots' red-zone defense key in thrilling win over Chiefs

Florence Fletcher
October 15, 2018

Kansas City Chiefs running back Kareem Hunt rushed 10 times for 80 yards, with another 105 yards and 1 touchdown on 5 receptions in Sunday's 40-43 loss to the New England Patriots.

Since that Monday Night Football debacle for Brady at Arrowhead on September 29, 2014, he and the Patriots have won two Super Bowls and played in three. Kansas City walked off the field down, 17-9, following the third field goal by Butker, for 24 yards, at 6:24 of the second quarter.

"We were making plays", said Brady. "Glad we had our last shot and glad we took advantage of it". I don't think we've seen our best. He finished with 106 yards on 24 carries, none more important than the two yards he gained on the third-and-one on the final drive. They totaled exactly 500 yards of offense as Brady threw for 340 yards on 24-for-35 passing. So, I actually think it's pretty impressive what he's done - to come out and play as much as he's played.

My setup had the Patriots game on YouTube TV on my television, the Red Sox game streaming on YouTube TV on my laptop, and a liter of Polar Seltzer (Pomegranate Cherry) and a bag of Red Hot Blues tortilla chips to pass for dinner.

For a third time, they kicked a field goal, and it didn't appear as if Andy Reid had any thoughts about going for it on fourth-and-goal from the New England 6-yard line, even as his defense had shown no sign of resistance all night.

With the Chiefs trailing by seven points, Hill caught a 75-yard touchdown pass with just 3:03 left in the game. Mahomes has thrown for 1,513 yards already at a 63.6 percent clip, and he threw his first two interceptions last week while having already racked up 14 touchdowns. Then they went 5-6 the rest of the way.

The Chiefs took their first lead of the game, 33-30, with 8:44 left in the game as Mahomes connected with Hill on a one-yard reception.

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That touchdown, which came with 5:25 left in the game and was followed up by a Chiefs punt, certainly felt like the "Brady wins again" moment. The first of which went for a 42-yard gain in which Hogan bested a pass interefence call and hauled in the reception before going to the ground.

Patriots 40, Chiefs 33 3:19 4th QTR - Stephen Gostkowski makes it 40-33 late in the 4th QTR.

Mahomes misfired on two possible touchdown passes on the first drive as the Chiefs settled for a field goal.

Now Mahomes, whose undefeated Kansas City Chiefs play at New England tonight, is the talk of the National Football League in just his second season.

New England scored on its last four possessions of the first half to establish a 24-9 lead at the break.

However that all changed with an impeccably played interception by Dont'a Hightower, who dropped back into coverage on a fake blitz to make an easy play on a Patrick Mahomes pass intended for Travis Kelce.

Oct 14, 2018; Foxborough, MA: New England Patriots running back James White is tackled by Kansas City Chiefs linebacker Anthony Hitchens during the fourth quarter at Gillette Stadium. "You can take 12 points off the board from them, that is a win for us".

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