Patriots 43, Chiefs 40: New England outduels K.C. in shootout

Tom Brady and Patrick Mahomes go head-to-head tonight as the New England Patriots host the Kansas City Chiefs. AP file

Unfortunately the Chiefs were unable to stop Tom Brady and the New England Patriots from matching them and ultimately going ahead on a last second field goal on Sunday night in a 43-40 loss that was every bit the shootout predicted.

The first 43-40 game in National Football League history went in the Patriots' favor, as they prevailed on a 28-yard field goal by kicker Stephen Gostkowski as time expired.

Even better for the Patriots: By improving to 4-2, and dropping the Chiefs to 5-1, it keeps them out of what could have been too deep of a hole from which to recover for possible home-field advantage in the AFC playoffs. Faced with a third-and-10, Brady went back to Edelman and hit the receiver for a 17-yard touchdown at 12:58 of the second quarter. He's thrown for 615 yards and six touchdowns the past two weeks, while rookie Sony Michel has run for 210 yards and two scores in that span.

Harrison Butker connected on a 42-yard field goal with 9:05 left in the first quarter, capping an eight-play, 35-yard drive that began after the Patriots turned it over on downs.

Full recap to come...

After shutting down the high-powered Kansas City offense in the first half, and leading 24-9, the defense allowed 31 second-half points. Before you make any Patriots vs. Chiefs picks, you need to hear what Vegas legend Micah Roberts has to say. I've got to find a way to get him down or force him to the sideline and just try and do something to help my defense have a chance to live to see another play.

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First, Mahomes broke through with a 67-yard touchdown pass to Kareem Hunt.

The Chiefs were held to field goals each time they entered the red zone in the first half and the steady accumulation of points would have been fine, if they were facing anyone but the Patriots.

Brady used a 16-yard pass to James White and a 39-yard pass to Rob Gronkowski to get New England into field-goal range.

As for Mahomes, he played a masterful game on the road against arguably the best quarterback of all time in Tom Brady and the best coach of all time in Bill Belichick in primetime.

Everybody knows Mahomes can throw - in the pregame broadcast he admitted he could launch a ball up to 82 yards, and said he could probably shoot for 85 - and Brady is the winningest quarterback of all time.

A Patriots defense that forced two turnovers in the first half suddenly became vulnerable to the big play after halftime. Then, Gostkowski added a 50-yard field goal and the Pats led, 40-33. Hill made the easy grab and completed a 75-yard catch-and-run that eventually tied the game at 40-40. Not with Brady running the show.


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