Holy shit this game was exciting.
Kansas City made some serious waves during the offseason when they traded QB Alex Smith away, publicly declaring their commitment to the Frog. Many Chiefs fans hoped that Patrick Mahomes would be “at least as good as Smith, and improve over the year”. Unfortunately, he didn’t improve over the year. Did I say unfortunately? Unfortunate for everyone else, because Mahomes started the year at an MVP level and sustained it through the entire year. Coming into this game, KC was 5-0 and had beaten some pretty good teams; Chargers, Steelers (before their collapse), and Jaguars (before their collapse). Here was Week 6 against New England, Pat against the Pats in Foxboro.
At the beginning of the game, the Chiefs fell victim to “Oh shit, we’re against the Patriots and we’ve forgotten how to play football” syndrome. Not their defense, mind you, they performed no better or worse than the rest of the year. But Mahomes and the KC offense struggled in the first half. He missed several open receivers and got picked off twice.
For the second half, the team supported by the NFL’s best tailgate decided losing wasn’t for them and popped off for 5 TDs and a FG. Hill, Hunt, and Tremon Smith all had massive plays and frequently left Patriots players in the dust (Maybe a metaphor? you could kick up those ground tire bits). KC roared back from a 15-point halftime defecit and tied the game at 40 with another bonkers big play by Hunt.
Alas, this was accidentally another mistake of the Andy Reid clock management. With the exception of one strip-sack surrendered by NE, the KC defense was as bad as the KC offense was good. Tom Brady, the clutchest QB in the NFL, was going to add yet another 4th-quarter game-winning drive to his resume. He had 3 minutes to do so, and everyone knew it was going to happen. And he did. Gostkowski secured the game as time expired. The Pats defeated Pat. Brady isn’t willingly passing the torch to anyone. Get wrekt old age.
This game was one of the most hyped matchups during the season and it sure as death and taxes delivered. We’re not on to Cincinnati! YOU’RE on to Cincinnati! Literally. The Chiefs played Cincy the next week. It’s worth reiterating that this was a home game for the Patriots, had an extra 3 days rest, and only barely beat KC. They were now 4-0 at home, and 0-2 on the road. Some folks declared it to be the AFCC preview. If the potential AFCC were at Arrowhead (which it was), this game could easily flip the other way. Up next though was a road test against the resurgent Chicago Bears.