10 thoughts on the Patriots’ exhilarating win over the Chiefs

Five-time Super Bowl victor Brady had seen a 24-9 half-time lead evaporate as second-year quarterback Patrick Mahomes led an astonishing second-half fight-back from the Chiefs to prove that he really could be the next big star of the NFL. The Patriots played a almost ideal game on offense, gaining 500 yards and moving the ball up and down the field, and it still took every ounce of energy and fight to pull off the win. "It is just that continual faith we have in one another", cornerback Jason McCourty said.

"If we have a turnover on offense, the offense has faith that defense will go out there and get a stop".

As for plays he would like to have back, Brady pointed to his strip-sack fumble in the late in the third quarter as one they "left out there" Sunday night.

Tom Brady can be pretty demanding, in case you haven't heard.

Whether he wins his battle versus time remains to seen, but Tom Brady was able to defeat the future of the National Football League on Sunday night at least. The extra bonus is that he completely outperformed Chiefs tight end Travis Kelce, who is so obnoxious it's a wonder he's never played for the Ravens.

When asked about the decision to entrust Gostkowski with a 50-yard kick as the game hung in the balance, coach Bill Belichick astutely observed that his kicker's contributions are often overlooked - inadvertently remind us that he was actually the hero of the game.

Chiefs wide receiver Tyreek Hill, who looked like a non-factor with only three catches for 43 yards and no touchdowns in the first half, finished with seven catches for 142 yards and three touchdowns including a 75-yard catch that tied the game at 40.

The Atlanta Falcons ended their woeful run of three straight losses with a wild 34-29 victory over the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, while the Pittsburgh Steelers edged out divisional rivals Cincinnati Bengals 28-21 with Antonio Brown's touchdown in the final 10 seconds.

Sunday night's battle against a new AFC challenger was no different from those hyped contests of the past.

"They had a good game plan", Mahomes said afterward.

It marked Mahomes' third touchdown pass of the second half - pushing Kansas City ahead for the first time since early in the first quarter - but the Patriots answered with a score of their own on New England's ensuring drive.

The Chiefs' offense had to be almost flawless to win this game, but it wasn't, and that's okay. But launching a tweet like that into the vortex of snark and negativity that swirls on Twitter during Patriots games is asking for a mass debunking.

  • Steve Townsend