The Kansas City Chiefs were not on their A game on Monday.
They didn’t need to be.
A series of miscues and a big controversial call in favor of the Chiefs doomed the New England Patriots in a 26-10 Kansas City win.
The Patriots effectively slowed the Patrick Mahomes machine for most of the night, but couldn’t overcome a faulty offense of their own playing on a travel day without sidelined quarterback Cam Newton.
New England placed Newton on the COVID-19 reserve list and had to wait until Monday to travel to Kansas City after positive coronavirus cases on both teams threatened this week’s game before it was ultimately postponed from Sunday to Monday.
Brian Hoyer got the start in Newton’s stead. After three quarters resulted in two turnovers, one inconceivable sack and three Patriots points, head coach Bill Belichick made the switch to Jarrett Stidham at quarterback.
Stidham responded by delivering New England’s first touchdown of the night on a precise lob pass to N’Keal Harry in the back left corner of the end zone. But it wasn’t enough to overcome the two interceptions that were yet to come as the Chiefs capitalized on New England’s mistakes to improve to 4-0.
Mahomes looked human, completing 19-of-29 passes for 236 yards and two touchdowns. Kansas City didn’t score its first touchdown until Tyreek Hill carried a Mahomes shovel pass across the goal line with 42 seconds left in the third quarter.
Mahomes threw a pair of ill-advised deep balls that hit the hands of Patriots defenders — one in the first quarter and another in the third. But New England didn’t capitalize on either opportunity, letting the potential interceptions drop to the ground as Mahomes remained without a turnover on the season.
In the end, New England uncharacteristically turned the ball over four times, and it was too much to overcome.
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