The New England Patriots earned a signature win on Sunday night, outlasting the previously undefeated Kansas City Chiefs for their third straight win.
The Chiefs appeared to be unstoppable through the first five weeks of the 2018 NFL season. Behind 23-year-old quarterback Patrick Mahomes, they averaged 35 points per game while starting the year with five straight wins.
But the Chiefs faced their toughest test to date on Sunday night when they visited the Patriots, who entered with an extra three days of rest coming off a 38-24 win over the Indianapolis Colts 10 days earlier. In the end, Kansas City met its match as New England drove down the field in the closing minutes and won 43-40 on a 28-yard field goal from Stephen Gostkowski as time expired.
For a while, it didn’t appear that a late drive would be necessary, as the Patriots jumped out to a 24-9 halftime lead. However, the Chiefs outscored New England 17-3 in the third quarter and then took the lead at 33-30 midway through the fourth.
The next 10 points went to the Patriots, though, as they built a 40-33 advantage thanks to a 4-yard touchdown run from Tom Brady and a 50-yard field goal from Gostkowski with 3:15 remaining. But Kansas City responded with a 75-yard TD pass from Mahomes to Tyreek Hill just 12 seconds later, setting up New England’s late-game heroics.
Following back-to-back losses to the Jacksonville Jaguars and Detroit Lions in mid-September, the Patriots held a 1-2 record. But they bounced back with a 38-7 victory over the then undefeated Miami Dolphins and have continued their winning ways against the Colts and Chiefs over the past two weeks to run their record to 4-2 and move into a tie with Miami for first place in the AFC East.
With that said, here are three takeaways from the Patriots’ Week 6 win over the Chiefs.
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