Without having Cam Newton, the Patriots offense stalled and miscues sunk the underdog’s probabilities from the defending Super Bowl champs.
No one particular envisioned the Patriots to have a prospect on Monday evening.
The group was with no quarterback Cam Newton due to the fact he examined good for COVID-19. That forced the sport to be delayed a day, and for the Patriots to fly to Kansas Town on Monday early morning ahead of a 7 p.m. kickoff. The Pats then went into Arrowhead Stadium with out Newton, a few starting off offensive linemen (David Andrews, Shaq Mason and Jermaine Eluemunor) and their top rusher Sony Michel.
Meanwhile, they experienced Brian Hoyer starting at quarterback.
The Patriots deserved to be significant underdogs. Even when Hoyer bumbled his way by 3 quarters before staying pulled for Jarrett Stidham, the Pats even now experienced a chance and trailed by just three in the fourth quarter. New England had numerous opportunities to pull off the upset. Rather, they did anything they could to drop on a night time that saw a collection of mental glitches and faults in a 26-10 loss to the Chiefs.
In the end, the Patriots looked like a workforce that dealt with a COVID-19 scare and then flew into Kansas Metropolis a few hours ahead of kickoff.
Hoyer did not make it a total three quarters. He finished 15 of 24 for 130 yards and an interception. The veteran was pulled with 42 seconds still left in the third quarter right after multiple errors expense the Patriots two field intention alternatives. Stidham completed 5 of 13 with 60 yards, a landing and two interceptions.
The Patriots offense acquired off to a gradual begin, but the staff stayed in this contest for most of the night many thanks to its defense. Following the initial quarter, the Chiefs led 6- many thanks to two Harrison Butker subject plans.
The Patriots offense appeared sluggish. Then Hoyer commenced the team’s third push with an simple interception to Chiefs safety Juan Thornhill. His initial pass of the collection sailed over Ryan Izzo to make for the quick turnover with 13 seconds left in the first quarter. The quarterback was 2/5 for 13 yards and a quarterback rating of 8.3 in the initial quarter
The Patriots protection gave the ball suitable back again as Stephon Gilmore pressured a fumble on Sammy Watkins on the future participate in. J.C. Jackson recovered at 15:00 of the second quarter. The Patriots offense uncovered some lifestyle following that and shut the gap to 6-3.
Gunner Olszewski made a heads up play when he caught an 11-yard move that bounced off Julian Edelman’s hands. The Pats then noticed very first-down operates from Damien Harris (10 yards) and Rex Burkhead (18 yards) to set up a 43-property Nick Folks industry goal at 9:31 of the next quarter.
There was a ton of confusion on the next Chiefs travel. At 6:22 of the second quarter, Chase Winovich acquired to Mahomes and the officials promptly whistled the participate in dead. Nevertheless, it seemed like the Chiefs quarterback threw the ball to Shilique Calhoun though slipping down. The participate in was dominated a sack and the Chiefs swiftly punted as Belichick didn’t problem the contact.
The Patriots put them selves in position to go into halftime tied, but a error by Hoyer expense the team a possibility at 3 points. The offense was rolling downfield and at the 9 lawn line with 33 seconds on the clock and no timeouts. Two performs later, with 8 seconds left, Hoyer dropped back. As a substitute of throwing the ball away, he ran backwards and was sacked by Frank Clark and time expired. Hoyer was found contacting for a timeout even although the Patriots had none left.
That wasn’t the very last Hoyer slip-up nor was the final time he price the Patriots a opportunity at a area intention to tie the sport. The Patriots were driving all over again in the third quarter. The group even got inside of the 10-lawn line, but on third-and-8, Hoyer dropped again and held the ball also long. As an alternative of throwing it away and attempting the brief discipline objective, the Patriots quarterback was strip sacked by Taco Charlton. Chiefs linebacker Ben Niemann recovered the ball at 4:05 of the 3rd quarter.
The Chiefs extended their direct to 13-3 as Mahomes hit Tyreek Hill with a 6-property landing with 42 seconds still left in the 3rd quarter. That was it for Hoyer as Stidham came in the activity. Damien Harris rewarded him with a 41-garden rush. The Patriots entered the fourth quarter at the 25-yard line and Stidham finally bought the offense in the finish zone. Stidham then strike N’Keal Harry for a 4-garden landing at 13:45 of the fourth. That marked Stidham’s initial NFL touchdown pass and the Pats trailed 13-10.
Which is as close as they would get.
Mahomes hit Mecole Hardman for a 6-property touchdown with 8:57 left in the sport. The Chiefs took a 19-10 direct in a collection that observed two defensive penalties for 35 overall yards
It did not get significantly better for the Patriots. On the subsequent engage in, a routine Stidham move strike Edelman in the hands and popped into the air to Tyrann Mathieu. The Chiefs safety returned it 25 yards for the touchdown at 8:48 of the fourth.
Stidham’s prospect to redeem himself didn’t go properly as he was intercepted by Rashad Fenton with 3:32 remaining.