Humiliation in the Heartland
The Kansas City Chiefs enjoyed a New England-style BBQ Monday night, absolutely destroying the Patriots on national television. Jamaal Charles capped an 11-play, 73-yard drive with a 2 yard touchdown run with 2:15 left in the first quarter and the Chiefs never looked back.
Charles, who sat out last week due to an ankle injury, showed little rust while rushing for 92 yards on 18 carries with a touchdown. He also caught a pair of scores from Alex Smith (20-26, 248 yards, 3 TD), who managed a balanced offense that kept the Pats offense on their heels and confused all night long. His first touchdown pass was a 5-yarder to Charles and after a 22 yard field goal by Cairo Santos at the half made it 17-0, the Chiefs went to the locker room after gaining 303 total yards to New England's 96.
Any hope of a comeback ended when Tom Brady, on a second and seven from his own ten yard line was strip sacked by the Chiefs Tamba Hali. Kansas City recovered and two plays later Smith's second TD pass to Charles made it 24-0.
Brady finished a perplexing 14-23 for 159 yards. with one touchdown and 2 interceptions. He was sacked twice and the Pats struggling offense is once again left looking for answers. He was replaced by back up Jimmy Garroppolo in the fourth quarter. Their defense, which had been carrying them thus far, may have to back to the drawing board as well. Kansas City averaged 6.7 yards per play while amassing 443 yards on offense.
The rout ended in the fourth quarter after a Travis Kelce 2 yard TD reception made it 34-7 and a Husain Abdullah 39-yard interception return for a touchdown just 42 seconds later closed out the scoring for the Chiefs.
Rob Gronkowski hauled in a 13-yard touchdown pass from Garroppolo midway through the quarter, which closed out the scoring in the 41-14 thrashing.
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