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Let’s examine how Chiefs players contributed to Sunday’s big win over the New England Patriots

On Sunday afternoon, the Kansas City Chiefs extended their record to 9-4 — clinching the AFC West and a playoff berth — by defeating the New England Patriots 23-16 in Foxborough.

Let’s take a look at how individual Chiefs players contributed to the victory.


Starters (offensive): WR Tyreek Hill, LT Eric Fisher, LG Andrew Wylie, C Austin Reiter, RG Laurent Duvernay-Tardif, RT Mitchell Schwartz, TE Travis Kelce, WR Sammy Watkins, QB Patrick Mahomes, RB LeSean McCoy and WR Demarcus Robinson.

Starters (defensive): LDE Alex Okafor, LDT Chris Jones, RDT Derrick Nnadi, RDE Tanoh Kpassagnon, LB Anthony Hitchens, LB Damien Wilson, LB Reggie Ragland, RCB Bashaud Breeland, FS Juan Thornhill, SS Tyrann Mathieu and LCB Charvarius Ward.

Did not play: QB Matt Moore.

Inactive: QB Chad Henne, CB Morris Claiborne, RB Damien Williams, CB Rashad Fenton, T Jackson Barton, G Nick Allegretti and TE Deon Yelder.

Editor’s Note: Arrowhead Pride obtains snap count data from the NFL’s game stats and information system, which allows us to break out snap counts by run or pass on offensive and defensive plays. Because GSIS data ignores plays that were nullified by penalties, total offensive and defensive snap counts will vary from other sources, which get their data from NFL Gamebooks

Offense All Pass Run
Total 70
(100%)
41
(100%)
29
(100%)
Laurent Duvernay-Tardif 70
(100%)
41
(100%)
29
(100%)
Eric Fisher 70
(100%)
41
(100%)
29
(100%)
Patrick Mahomes 70
(100%)
41
(100%)
29
(100%)
Austin Reiter 70
(100%)
41
(100%)
29
(100%)
Travis Kelce 69
(99%)
40
(98%)
29
(100%)
Mitchell Schwartz 68
(97%)
39
(95%)
29
(100%)
Sammy Watkins 64
(91%)
39
(95%)
25
(86%)
Tyreek Hill 63
(90%)
38
(93%)
25
(86%)
Demarcus Robinson 55
(79%)
35
(85%)
20
(69%)
Andrew Wylie 48
(69%)
26
(63%)
22
(76%)
Spencer Ware 28
(40%)
19
(46%)
9
(31%)
LeSean McCoy 22
(31%)
9
(22%)
13
(45%)
Stefen Wisniewski 22
(31%)
15
(37%)
7
(24%)
Darwin Thompson 18
(26%)
11
(27%)
7
(24%)
Blake Bell 14
(20%)
2
(5%)
12
(41%)
Mecole Hardman 13
(19%)
11
(27%)
2
(7%)
Anthony Sherman 3
(4%)
0
(0%)
3
(10%)
Cameron Erving 2
(3%)
2
(5%)
0
(0%)
Byron Pringle 1
(1%)
1
(2%)
0
(0%)

Offensive takeaways

  • The running back snap breakdown vs. the New England Patriots was as follows: Spencer Ware, 28 (19 pass, 9 run), LeSean McCoy, 22 (13 run, 9 pass), Darwin Thompson, 18 (11 pass, 7 run)
  • Starting RT Mitch Schwartz missed just two snaps due to injury. Starting LG Andrew Wylie missed 22 plays due to his injury.
  • WR Mecole Hardman only saw 13 snaps; he leads the Chiefs with 20.8 yards per reception, and he had a 48-yard touchdown against the Patriots on Sunday.

Defense All Pass Run
Total 63
(100%)
40
(100%)
23
(100%)
Bashaud Breeland 63
(100%)
40
(100%)
23
(100%)
Tyrann Mathieu 63
(100%)
40
(100%)
23
(100%)
Juan Thornhill 63
(100%)
40
(100%)
23
(100%)
Charvarius Ward 63
(100%)
40
(100%)
23
(100%)
Anthony Hitchens 53
(84%)
31
(78%)
22
(96%)
Alex Okafor 50
(79%)
33
(83%)
17
(74%)
Chris Jones 49
(78%)
31
(78%)
18
(78%)
Daniel Sorensen 46
(73%)
32
(80%)
14
(61%)
Tanoh Kpassagnon 43
(68%)
30
(75%)
13
(57%)
Damien Wilson 34
(54%)
16
(40%)
18
(78%)
Derrick Nnadi 32
(51%)
19
(48%)
13
(57%)
Kendall Fuller 29
(46%)
24
(60%)
5
(22%)
Frank Clark 28
(44%)
22
(55%)
6
(26%)
Demone Harris 18
(29%)
7
(18%)
11
(48%)
Mike Pennel 18
(29%)
10
(25%)
8
(35%)
Reggie Ragland 17
(27%)
8
(20%)
9
(39%)
Khalen Saunders 14
(22%)
8
(20%)
6
(26%)
Ben Niemann 10
(16%)
9
(23%)
1
(4%)

Defensive takeaways

  • The Chiefs had several iron men on defense in this game — CB Bashaud Breeland, S Tyrann Mathieu, S Juan Thornhill and CB Charvarius Ward.
  • Frank Clark only saw 28 plays, as he played sick. He finished with 4 tackles (3 solo), a sack, a quarterback hit and two tackles for loss in the game
  • S Daniel Sorensen’s snaps were way up, and he registered a nice QB hit on Tom Brady.
  • DE Demone Harris saw 18 snaps (7 pass, 11 run) in his Chiefs debut.

Special Teams Snaps
Total 26
(100%)
Jordan Lucas 21
(81%)
Ben Niemann 21
(81%)
Dorian O'Daniel 21
(81%)
Blake Bell 19
(73%)
Anthony Sherman 19
(73%)
Darron Lee 18
(69%)
Byron Pringle 18
(69%)
Armani Watts 18
(69%)
Daniel Sorensen 15
(58%)
Harrison Butker 11
(42%)
Mecole Hardman 11
(42%)
Dustin Colquitt 9
(35%)
James Winchester 9
(35%)
Alex Brown 8
(31%)
Demarcus Robinson 7
(27%)
Juan Thornhill 6
(23%)
Charvarius Ward 6
(23%)
Laurent Duvernay-Tardif 5
(19%)
Eric Fisher 5
(19%)
Austin Reiter 5
(19%)
Mitchell Schwartz 5
(19%)
Stefen Wisniewski 5
(19%)
Spencer Ware 4
(15%)
Anthony Hitchens 3
(12%)
Chris Jones 3
(12%)
Tanoh Kpassagnon 3
(12%)
Derrick Nnadi 3
(12%)
Alex Okafor 3
(12%)
Andrew Wylie 3
(12%)
Cameron Erving 2
(8%)

Special teams takeaways

  • The special teams leaders were S Jordan Lucas (21), LB Ben Niemann (21) and Dorian O’Daniel (21). TE Blake Bell and FB Anthony Sherman each saw 19 special-teams snaps.

All Snaps Off Def ST Total
Total 70
(100%)
63
(100%)
26
(100%)
159
(100%)
Blake Bell 14
(20%)
0
(0%)
19
(73%)
33
(21%)
Bashaud Breeland 0
(0%)
63
(100%)
0
(0%)
63
(40%)
Alex Brown 0
(0%)
0
(0%)
8
(31%)
8
(5%)
Harrison Butker 0
(0%)
0
(0%)
11
(42%)
11
(7%)
Frank Clark 0
(0%)
28
(44%)
0
(0%)
28
(18%)
Dustin Colquitt 0
(0%)
0
(0%)
9
(35%)
9
(6%)
Laurent Duvernay-Tardif 70
(100%)
0
(0%)
5
(19%)
75
(47%)
Cameron Erving 2
(3%)
0
(0%)
2
(8%)
4
(3%)
Eric Fisher 70
(100%)
0
(0%)
5
(19%)
75
(47%)
Kendall Fuller 0
(0%)
29
(46%)
0
(0%)
29
(18%)
Mecole Hardman 13
(19%)
0
(0%)
11
(42%)
24
(15%)
Demone Harris 0
(0%)
18
(29%)
0
(0%)
18
(11%)
Tyreek Hill 63
(90%)
0
(0%)
0
(0%)
63
(40%)
Anthony Hitchens 0
(0%)
53
(84%)
3
(12%)
56
(35%)
Chris Jones 0
(0%)
49
(78%)
3
(12%)
52
(33%)
Travis Kelce 69
(99%)
0
(0%)
0
(0%)
69
(43%)
Tanoh Kpassagnon 0
(0%)
43
(68%)
3
(12%)
46
(29%)
Darron Lee 0
(0%)
0
(0%)
18
(69%)
18
(11%)
Jordan Lucas 0
(0%)
0
(0%)
21
(81%)
21
(13%)
Patrick Mahomes 70
(100%)
0
(0%)
0
(0%)
70
(44%)
Tyrann Mathieu 0
(0%)
63
(100%)
0
(0%)
63
(40%)
LeSean McCoy 22
(31%)
0
(0%)
0
(0%)
22
(14%)
Ben Niemann 0
(0%)
10
(16%)
21
(81%)
31
(19%)
Derrick Nnadi 0
(0%)
32
(51%)
3
(12%)
35
(22%)
Dorian O'Daniel 0
(0%)
0
(0%)
21
(81%)
21
(13%)
Alex Okafor 0
(0%)
50
(79%)
3
(12%)
53
(33%)
Mike Pennel 0
(0%)
18
(29%)
0
(0%)
18
(11%)
Byron Pringle 1
(1%)
0
(0%)
18
(69%)
19
(12%)
Reggie Ragland 0
(0%)
17
(27%)
0
(0%)
17
(11%)
Austin Reiter 70
(100%)
0
(0%)
5
(19%)
75
(47%)
Demarcus Robinson 55
(79%)
0
(0%)
7
(27%)
62
(39%)
Khalen Saunders 0
(0%)
14
(22%)
0
(0%)
14
(9%)
Mitchell Schwartz 68
(97%)
0
(0%)
5
(19%)
73
(46%)
Anthony Sherman 3
(4%)
0
(0%)
19
(73%)
22
(14%)
Daniel Sorensen 0
(0%)
46
(73%)
15
(58%)
61
(38%)
Darwin Thompson 18
(26%)
0
(0%)
0
(0%)
18
(11%)
Juan Thornhill 0
(0%)
63
(100%)
6
(23%)
69
(43%)
Charvarius Ward 0
(0%)
63
(100%)
6
(23%)
69
(43%)
Spencer Ware 28
(40%)
0
(0%)
4
(15%)
32
(20%)
Sammy Watkins 64
(91%)
0
(0%)
0
(0%)
64
(40%)
Armani Watts 0
(0%)
0
(0%)
18
(69%)
18
(11%)
Damien Wilson 0
(0%)
34
(54%)
0
(0%)
34
(21%)
James Winchester 0
(0%)
0
(0%)
9
(35%)
9
(6%)
Stefen Wisniewski 22
(31%)
0
(0%)
5
(19%)
27
(17%)
Andrew Wylie 48
(69%)
0
(0%)
3
(12%)
51
(32%)