Chiefs Reporter: Whoever Had Ball Last Would Win

The Chiefs showed fight in Foxboro, but the Patriots won a 43-40 thriller 

After Hours With Amy Lawrence
October 15, 2018 - 8:08 am

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The New England Patriots beat the Kansas City Chiefs, 43-40, in a Sunday Night Football thriller, as Stephen Gostkowski kicked the game-winning 28-yard field goal as time expired.

“This was going to be a game that whoever had the ball last was going to win, especially with Tom Brady and the Patriots,” Kansas City Star Chiefs reporter Blair Kerkhoff said on After Hours with Amy Lawrence. “He is fantastic. But I thought the Chiefs showed me a little something tonight, too, being down big and then coming back to take the lead at Foxboro.”

Brady was 24-of-35 for 340 yards, two touchdowns (one pass, one rush) and two fumbles (one lost). The Chiefs, meanwhile, trailed 24-9 at halftime but made a game of it in the final two quarters.

“The team that was going to settle for field goals was going to be in trouble,” Kerkhoff said. “Neither defense has played particularly well this year, and the Chiefs have been just abysmal on the defensive side. We just thought it was going to be a game where both sides got up and down the field. The one that stuck it in the end zone was going to have the edge, and the Patriots did a much better job of that in the first half.”

Patrick Mahomes finished 23-of-36 for 352 yards, four touchdowns and two interceptions. He had a 67-yard touchdown pass to Kareem Hunt and a 75-yarder to Tyreek Hill, who finished with three touchdowns.

Mahomes played well enough to win – at least in the second half.

“He had four touchdowns in the second half,” Kerkhoff said. “The bomb to Hunt and Tyreek Hill were kind of the guy we saw the first three weeks of the season for the Chiefs.”

It was the first loss of Mahomes’ career. The Chiefs (5-1) host the Bengals (4-2) on Sunday Night Football this week, while the Patriots (4-2) play the Bears (3-3) at Soldier Field this Sunday at 1 p.m. ET.