FOXBOROUGH – After a pregame scare that saw much of Kansas City’s equipment arrive late to Gillette Stadium thanks to a hard-to-believe detour through New Jersey, Patrick Mahomes and the Chiefs took the field and proved they were more than well-equipped to deliver New England its first home loss in more than two seasons.
Mahomes shook off a slow start and an early interception to lead the visitors to a 20-7 halftime advantage on the way to the 23-16 victory in the rematch of last January’s AFC Championship Game.
Much as the scouting reports predicted, the Patriots defense had issues with Kansas City’s team speed while the Brady-led offense that’s been sputtering through the second half of the season wasn’t able to muster much success other than an early flea-flicker touchdown.
After K.C. added a third quarter field goal, New England took advantage of a short field thanks to a blocked punt to pull to 23-13 on Brandon Bolden’s 10-yard jet sweep touchdown run and a failed two-point play.
New England had the ball inside the 5 yard line with less than two minutes to play, but couldn’t complete the furious comeback, turning the ball over on downs.
Before moving on next Sunday’s bounce back trip to Cincinnati to take on the Bengals, here are some of the personnel highs and lows to the Patriots second straight loss in the month of December.