Eleanor Sheahan – 23 Sports

The New England Patriots visited Arrowhead Stadium on Monday night. Originally, the game was scheduled for Sunday morning, but due to a positive COVID-19 test from Patriots quarterback Cam Newton, the game was rescheduled for Monday night. 

With Newton unable to play, backup quarterback Brian Hoyer led the Patriots offense. Hoyer has been at the Patriots for many seasons and was Tom Brady’s backup quarterback. He had studied the Patriots offensive system for a while and has maintained a good relationship with offensive coordinator, Josh McDaniels.   

The Chiefs also headed into this game without a key component. Kansas City’s #95 Chris Jones  was unable to play in Monday night’s game.

The Chiefs started the game off with a strong opening drive against the Patriots.  Wide receiver Tyreek Hill tested Bill Belichick’s calls on whether or not to double team him. Inside the 10 yard line, the Kansas City offense was unable to score a touchdown. With a strong defensive stop on third down from the Patriots, the Chiefs kicked a 23-yard field goal and took an early 3-0 lead.  

Brian Hoyer walked onto the field for the first time ever as the starting quarterback. The Chiefs defense made it a quick four and out for the Patriots first drive of the game. 

With just 13 seconds left in the first quarter, the Kansas City Chiefs kicked a 39-yard field goal to extend their lead over the patriots 6-0. The Patriots defense was holding their own, forcing the Chiefs to kick two field goals instead of giving up two touchdowns. 

The Patriots had possession with just 10 seconds remaining in the first quarter. Brian Hoyer’s throw was picked off by #22 Juan Thornhill on the Chiefs. Thanks to the interception, Kansas City started the second quarter off with the ball. Only to follow with a fumble from Chiefs #14 Sammy Watkins, just nine seconds into the second quarter. Patriots #27 J.C. Jackson fell on top of the ball and New England got possession back. 

The Patriots were finally able to get into scoring range. Nick Folk kicked a 43-yard field goal to cut the lead in half, 6-3. Hoyer and the patriot’s offense had another opportunity to score at the end of the first half, but with poor clock management and a sack from Frank Clark, New England ran out of time. The Chiefs had a 6-3 lead at half time. 

The Patriots offense had a promising drive in the middle of the third quarter. There were multiple first down completions from Hoyer, Edelman, Burkhead, and a huge catch from Bryd. But the Chief’s defensive pressure on Hoyer, caused a fumble and the Chiefs got the ball back on the 15-yard line. With the ball in their possession, the Chiefs stormed down the field. Travis Kelcy picked up huge yardage and Clyde Edwards-Helaire had multiple first-down runs. On third in goal, Tyreek Hill ran the ball into the endzone for the first score of the second half! The Chiefs extended their lead 13-3 over the Patriots. 

Losing by 10, the Patriot’s offense moved down the field with two huge runs from Damien Harris. On 3rd and goal from the 4-yard line Hoyer lobs it into the back of the endzone, N’Keal Harris caught the ball for a Patriots touchdown. New England only trailed 13-10 at the beginning of the fourth quarter.

With Mahomes as the quarterback, Kansas City responded with a rushing touchdown from #17 Mecole Hardmen! Chiefs lengthened their lead 19-10. 

Looking to get back into this game the Patriots got the ball back. Hoyer passed to Edelman, but the ball slipped through Julian’s hands and right into the pocket of Chiefs safety Tyrann Mathieu. Mathieu ran it all the way back for another Kansas City touchdown. The Chiefs went ahead by 16 points with eight minutes left in the game. 

Just like previously in the game, the Patriots drove down the field hoping for the endzone. Hoyer threw it deep and #27 Rashad Fenton on the Chiefs intercepted the ball. Kansas City got possession with just over three minutes left in the game and they strategically ran time off the clock. With one last shot, the Patriots marched down the field, but they were unable to convert first downs. Kansas City beat New England 26-10. 

By beating the Patriots 26-10, the Chiefs record increased to 4-0. Kansas City is one of only six teams to still remain undefeated after week four. 

Monday’s game was the seventh time head coaches Bill Belichick and Andy Reid competed against each other. These two legendary coaches in the league made for a great match up. Belichick and Reid’s coaching styles created a competitive, strategic, and situational competition. 

Kansas City will host the Las Vegas Raiders at 12:00pm this upcoming Sunday. New England heads home to Gillette Stadium to face off against the Denver Broncos on Sunday afternoon.

About Smith, Kayler (MU-Student)

View all posts by Smith, Kayler (MU-Student)