Patriots show championship mettle in wild win over Chiefs

Patrick Mahomes Jared Goff

Patrick Mahomes Jared Goff

The Chiefs extended their streak for scoring on their first possession in every game this season.

Luckily enough for the New England Patriots, the Kansas City Chiefs were happy to oblige.

New England led 24-9 at intermission, but Patrick Mahomes directed an impressive rally for Kansas City.

In a game with zero punts, Brady out-dueled the young phenom in a back-and-forth shootout that ended with Stephen Gostkowski kicking a 28-yard field goal on the final play to give the Patriots a 43-40 victory at Gillette Stadium. Despite the defeat, many Chiefs fans remained upbeat. The Pats became the first team all season to hold the Chiefs without a touchdown in the first half.

Hogan fought through a pass interference, shrugged off Chiefs cornerback Kendall Fuller, and hauled in the pass for 46 yards, immediately revitalizing the Patriots.

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Everything changed in the second half. Led by phenom quarterback Patrick Mahomes, the Chiefs offense ranks second in the National Football League in points scored, and is a matchup nightmare for any defense, let alone New England's mediocre unit.

First, Mahomes broke through with a 67-yard touchdown pass to Kareem Hunt. Mahomes never saw him, and threw the ball directly at Hightower, who returned it 27 yards to the Kansas City 4-yard line.

The Patriots now have at least one interception in each of their first six games of the season. That tied the game, but again that satisfaction did not last long.

So what was Brady thinking when he saw the big play from the Chiefs?

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