Patriots Week Six Recap

Max Davis, Sports Editor

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The Patriots hosted the Kansas City Chiefs on Sunday night for their second primetime game in as many weeks. The Chiefs came into Gillette as one of only two teams that were undefeated through week five. Their high-paced offense was led by quarterback (QB) Patrick Mahomes, wide receiver (WR) Tyreek Hill, and running back (RB) Kareem Hunt. The Andy Reid-directed offense was known for its speed and trick plays. They hoped to catch the Patriots off guard at home and win their sixth consecutive game.

The game started in the hands of Tom Brady and the Patriots, who turned it over on downs. The Chiefs capitalized with a field goal but later gave up an interception to give the Patriots a 10-3 lead. The Patriots defense was incredibly impressive all first half and limited the Chiefs to three field goals and got two interceptions. The Patriots offense was also showing their stars and kept making their drives count. The Patriots went into halftime leading 24-9 over the speedy Chiefs.

The Chiefs came out of halftime quickly and scored on all of their first four possessions. Their defense also managed to force the Patriots to take field goals and had a strip sack of Tom Brady. After the Chiefs went up 33-30, Brady constructed a masterful touchdown drive, ending with a four-yard rushing score from Brady. The Patriots would increase their lead to seven points with only three minutes left. The Chiefs were up to the challenge and only needed one 75 yard touchdown pass to tie the game up at 40. The Patriots used the time left and marched down the field, kicking a field goal as time expired to win 43-40.

The game was thrilling to the very end and was a matchup between the teams that will very likely meet again in the AFC Championship. Mahomes dazzled in the primetime game and showed off what has made him one of the most exciting players in the NFL right now. Tom Brady had the Patriots offense rolling all night and the tempo was fast and unforgiving for the injured Chiefs defense. The Patriots defense was fantastic in the first half but fell apart at the seams in the third and fourth quarter, allowing the Chiefs back into the game.


Things to Note:

  • Patriots tight end Rob Gronkowski recorded his 500th career reception on Sunday night. He is one of only 15 tight ends to reach this landmark. He had 97 receiving yards on only three catches which included a highlight play where he stiff-armed a defender to the ground. His blocking ability and the attention he commands as a receiver was also crucial to the Patriots offense.
  • Tom Brady tossed for 340 yards and a touchdown in the win, even adding a rushing touchdown. He is now 17 yards away from having 1000 career rushing yards.
  • Patriots Rookie RB Sony Michel has carved out his role in the offense and continues to have amazing games. He read the defense well and made good decisions with his cuts. He finished the night with 106 rushing yards and two touchdowns on 24 carries.
  • Patriots WR Josh Gordon had nine targets on the game and appears to be the Patriots’ best deep threat receiver. Tom Brady has already built an unlikely connection with the troubled receiver.
  • The Chiefs were the only team to punt in the game, and they only were forced to punt once.
  • The Patriots struggled to contain speedster WR Tyreek Hill all night as he went for 142 receiving yards and three touchdowns.
  • The Patriots had zero penalties in the game which was sure to make Bill Belichick, the Patriots’ head coach, very happy.
  • The Patriots offense totaled 500 yards in the high scoring game compared to the Chiefs’ 446.
  • An overzealous Patriots fan is being charged with misconduct and banned from future Patriots games after tossing a beer at Chiefs WR Tyreek Hill after his 75-yard touchdown catch late in the fourth quarter.
  • Super Duper Fun Fact: This was the first game in NFL history to finish with a score of 43-40. This is the 1,043rd unique final score in the history of the NFL.