December 6, 2021

Chiefs beat Patriots to make NFL history

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Patriots backup quarterback Brian Hoyer, filling in for the absent Cam Newton, was replaced by third-stringer Jarrett Stidham during the game

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Mahomes moved to 11-0 as starter in September games with victory over the Patriots Mahomes moved to 11-0 as starter in September games with victory over the Patriots

Mahomes moved to 11-0 as starter in September games with victory over the Patriots

Patrick Mahomes drove Kansas City to two touchdowns in the final 16 minutes as the undefeated Chiefs downed the visiting New England Patriots 26-10 on Monday night.

Mahomes passed for 236 yards, going 19 of 29 with two touchdown throws, with the Chiefs becoming the first team in NFL history to record 4-0 starts in four consecutive seasons. The Super Bowl MVP himself improved to 11-0 as a starter in September games.

Kansas City sealed the outcome on a 25-yard interception return for a touchdown by safety Tyrann Mathieu after a pass slipped through the hands of Patriots receiver Julian Edelman with 8:48 remaining.

The game was rescheduled from Sunday due to both teams reporting positive COVID-19 tests, including one for Patriots starting quarterback Cam Newton.

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  • Chiefs stats: Patrick Mahomes, 19/29, 236 yards, 2 TDs
  • Rushing leader: Clyde Edwards-Helaire, 16 carries, 64 yards
  • Receiving leader: Travis Kelce, three catches, 70 yards

Brian Hoyer started in the absence of Newton but failed to engineer a score on two drives into the red zone. Hoyer was replaced in the third quarter by third-stringer Jarrett Stidham, who led a touchdown drive on his first possession before throwing two interceptions as New England (2-2) fell two games behind the Buffalo Bills in the AFC East.

Patriots running back Sony Michel also missed the trip because of a quad injury, but Damien Harris came off injured reserve to gain 100 yards on 17 carries after sitting out the first three games due to a hand injury.

Tyreek Hill and Mecole Hardman caught touchdown passes for the Chiefs, both on easy six-yard shovel flips from Mahomes.

  • Patriots stats: Brian Hoyer 15/24, 130 yards, 0 TDs, 1 INT
  • Rushing leader: Damien Harris, 17 carries, 100 yards
  • Receiving leader: Damiere Byrd, five catches, 80 yards
Stidham finished five of 13 passing for 60 yards, one touchdown and two interceptions Stidham finished five of 13 passing for 60 yards, one touchdown and two interceptions

Stidham finished five of 13 passing for 60 yards, one touchdown and two interceptions

Only field goals were converted in the first half as the Chiefs grabbed a 6-3 halftime edge.

New England could have tied it as time expired, but Hoyer inexplicably took a third-down sack from Frank Clark with the Patriots out of timeouts.

The Patriots executed 25 second-quarter plays for 104 yards but only produced a 43-yard field goal from Nick Folk.

Harrison Butker connected from 23 and 39 yards, each in the first quarter when the Chiefs produced 159 yards but stalled twice. Kansas City also lost a fumble at the New England 15-yard line to begin the second period.

Scoring summary

FIRST QUARTER
Patriots 0-3 Chiefs Harrison Butker 23-yard field goal
Patriots 0-6 Chiefs Harrison Butker 39-yard field goal
SECOND QUARTER
Patriots 3-6 Chiefs Nick Folk 43-yard field goal
THIRD QUARTER
Patriots 3-13 Chiefs Patrick Mahomes six-yard TD pass to Tyreek Hill (extra point)
FOURTH QUARTER
Patriots 10-13 Chiefs Jarrett Stidham four-yard TD pass to N’Keal Harry (extra point)
Patriots 10-19 Chiefs Patrick Mahomes six-yard TD pass to Mecole Hardman (extra point no good)
Patriots 10-26 Chiefs Tyrann Mathieu 25-yard interception return (extra point)

The reigning champions appeared to commit another second-quarter turnover when Mahomes lost a ball that the Patriots’ Shilique Calhoun grabbed out of the air. The play was ruled dead, however, and the Chiefs punted.

Hoyer finished 15 of 24 for 130 yards and an interception. Stidham completed 5 of 13 passes for 60 yards with one touchdown and two interceptions.

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