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Final score: Chiefs pull away late, beat Patriots 26-10

The Chiefs and Patriots were locked in a defensive struggle for most of the game. Then things opened up in the fourth quarter.

New England Patriots v Kansas City Chiefs Photo by Jamie Squire/Getty Images

The New England Patriots were riding the momentum late in the third quarter. Then a play made by an unsung hero changed the complexion of the game.

On the Kansas City Chiefs’ 10-yard line trailing 6-3, New England quarterback Brian Hoyer dropped back, and defensive end Taco Charlton — the former first-rounder thrown away by Dallas and Miami — came around the left edge, sacking Hoyer and forcing him to fumble. Linebacker Ben Niemann dove on the ball.

Mahomes then connected with tight end Travis Kelce for 45 yards to get the Chiefs into New England territory, and wide receiver Tyreek Hill scored on a 6-yard pass to give the Chiefs a 13-3 lead.

Down two scores, Patriots head coach Bill Belichick benched starter Brian Hoyer for 2019 fourth-rounder Jarret Stidham. Hoyer earned the replacement start after Cam Newton tested positive for coronavirus this week.

A defensive pass interference call on Chiefs safety Tyrann Mathieu brought New England to the 8-yard line, and Stidham scored a touchdown on his second pass of the game, a 4-yarder to wide receiver N’Keal Henry.

The Patriots took defensive pass interference and unnecessary roughness penalties on the next drive, aiding Patrick Mahomes as he marched 75 yards down the field to take back control of the game. Wide receiver Mecole Hardman motioned around before the snap, and Mahomes flicked it to him six yards for the score and 19-10 lead. Mathieu then picked Stiidham off and returned it 25 yards for a touchdown of his own.

Chiefs cornerback Rashad Fenton intercepted Stidham on the ensuing possession to seal the game. Mahomes finished 19 of 29 for 236 yards and two touchdowns.

Both offenses were stifled in the first half, leading to a 6-3 score in favor of the Chiefs heading into the locker room. The Patriots had an opportunity to score in the closing seconds of the second quarter. Out of timeouts and facing third-and-9 at the Kansas City 13-yard line, Hoyer dropped back and he was sacked by Frank Clark — his third of the season.

Chiefs safety Juan Thornhill intercepted Hoyer in the second quarter, but Patriots cornerback Stephon Gilmore punched the ball out of wide receiver Sammy Watkins’ hands on the following drive. The Chiefs totaled three interceptions, one forced fumble and one fumble recovery on the night.


Injuries

  • Defensive end Mike Danna left midway through the second quarter with a hamstring injury.

Special teams

  • The Chiefs put wide receiver Tyreek Hill back to receive a punt midway through the first quarter.
  • Chiefs kicker Harrison Butker was good from 23 and 39 early, but he missed an extra point for the second week in a row.

Rapid reaction

  • The game’s rapid reaction will be posted to our homepage shortly.

Statistics

CATEGORY NE KC
Total Yards 357 323
Total Plays 74 55
Yards per play 4.8 5.9
Rushing Yards 185 94
Rush Attempts 35 25
Yards per rush 5.30 3.80
Passing Gross Yards 190 236
Sacks/Yards lost 2/18 1/7
Passing Net Yards 172 229
Comp/Att/Pct 20/37/54% 19/29/66%
Yards per pass 4.40 7.60
Interceptions thrown 3 0
Fumbles lost 1 1
Turnovers 4 1
Penalties/Yards 4/43 4/38
Total Drives 11 10
First downs 21 19
Rushing first downs 8 5
Passing first downs 12 12
Penalty first downs 1 2
Third down (Made/Att/Pct) 6/15/40% 4/11/36%
Fourth down (Made/Att/Pct) 2/3/67% 0/0/0%
Goal to go (Made/Att/Pct) 1/1/100% 2/3/67%
Red Zone (Made/Att/Pct) 1/3/33% 2/3/67%
Touchdowns 1 3
TDs/Rushing 0 0
TDs/Passing 1 2
TDs/Interception 0 1
TDs/Kickoff Return 0 0
TDs/Fumble Return 0 0
TDs/Punt Return 0 0
TDs/Defense/ST 0 1
Safeties 0 0
Extra Points (Made/Att) 1/1 2/3
Field Goals (Made/Att) 1/1 2/2
Two-Point Conv (Made/Att) 0/0 0/0
Kickoffs (Num/EZ/TB) 3/3/3 6/6/6
Punts (Num/Yds) 3/157 4/243
Gross Punting Avg Yds 52.3 60.8
Net Punting Avg Yds 52.3 47.8
Total Rtn Yds (No KOs) 12 76
Punt Returns (Num/Yds) 1/12 1/0
Kickoff Returns (Num/Yds) 0/0 0/0
Int Returns (Num/Yds) 0/0 3/76
Punts blocked 0 0
FGs/PATs Blocked 0/0 0/0
Timeouts (Rem/Used) 1/2 2/1
Attendance -- 0

CHIEFS PASSING C ATT YDS AVG TD LG INT SK SKYD RTG
Patrick Mahomes 19 29 236 8.1 2 45 0 1 7 113.6
TEAM 19 29 236 8.1 2 45 0 1 7 //

PATRIOTS PASSING C ATT YDS AVG TD LG INT SK SKYD RTG
Jarrett Stidham 3 8 24 3.0 1 12 2 0 0 45.8
Brian Hoyer 15 24 130 5.4 0 25 1 2 18 59.4
TEAM 18 32 154 4.8 1 25 3 2 18 //

CHIEFS RUSHING CAR YDS AVG TD LG
Clyde Edwards/Helaire 16 64 4.0 0 13
Patrick Mahomes 5 34 6.8 0 18
Darrel Williams 1 2 2.0 0 2
TEAM 22 100 4.5 0 18

PATRIOTS RUSHING CAR YDS AVG TD LG
Damien Harris 17 100 5.9 0 41
Rex Burkhead 11 45 4.1 0 18
James White 2 11 5.5 0 6
Jarrett Stidham 2 3 1.5 0 2
Brian Hoyer 1 8 8.0 0 8
Isaiah Zuber 1 8 8.0 0 8
TEAM 34 175 5.1 0 41

CHIEFS RECEIVING REC YDS AVG TD LG TGTS YAC
Clyde Edwards/Helaire 3 27 9.0 0 14 3 33
Mecole Hardman 4 27 6.8 1 10 4 29
Tyreek Hill 4 64 16.0 1 22 6 54
Nick Keizer 0 0 0 0 0 1 0
Travis Kelce 3 70 23.3 0 45 6 34
Sammy Watkins 4 43 10.8 0 21 7 28
Darrel Williams 0 0 0 0 0 1 0
Deon Yelder 1 5 5.0 0 5 1 0
TEAM 19 236 12.4 2 45 29 178

PATRIOTS RECEIVING REC YDS AVG TD LG TGTS YAC
Rex Burkhead 1 5 5.0 0 5 1 1
Damiere Byrd 4 50 12.5 0 25 9 9
Julian Edelman 3 35 11.7 0 19 4 6
N'Keal Harry 3 21 7.0 1 9 6 10
Ryan Izzo 0 0 0 0 0 3 0
Gunner Olszewski 1 11 11.0 0 11 1 0
James White 6 32 5.3 0 15 7 37
TEAM 18 154 8.6 1 25 31 63

CHIEFS FUMBLES FUM LOST FF REC
(OWN)
TD REC
(OPP)
TD
Taco Charlton 0 0 1 0 0 0 0
Tyreek Hill 1 0 0 0 0 0 0
Ben Niemann 0 0 0 0 0 1 0
Sammy Watkins 1 1 0 0 0 0 0
TEAM 2 1 1 0 0 1 0

PATRIOTS FUMBLES FUM LOST FF REC
(OWN)
TD REC
(OPP)
TD
Stephon Gilmore 0 0 1 0 0 0 0
Brian Hoyer 1 1 0 0 0 0 0
J.C. Jackson 0 0 0 0 0 1 0
TEAM 1 1 1 0 0 1 0

CHIEFS DEFENSE TOT SOLO ASST SACK YDS INT TFL PD QBH TD FF FR
Taco Charlton 3 2 1 1.0 5.0 0 0 0 1 0 1 0
Frank Clark 4 4 0 1.0 13.0 0 1 0 2 0 0 0
Rashad Fenton 3 3 0 0.0 0.0 1 1 4 0 0 0 0
Willie Gay 2 1 1 0.0 0.0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
Anthony Hitchens 7 3 4 0.0 0.0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
Tyrann Mathieu 4 4 0 0.0 0.0 1 0 1 0 0 0 0
Ben Niemann 1 1 0 0.0 0.0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1
Derrick Nnadi 3 2 1 0.0 0.0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
Alex Okafor 2 2 0 0.0 0.0 0 0 0 1 0 0 0
Mike Pennel 10 6 4 0.0 0.0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
Daniel Sorensen 6 5 1 0.0 0.0 0 2 0 0 0 0 0
Juan Thornhill 4 4 0 0.0 0.0 1 0 1 0 0 0 0
Charvarius Ward 4 3 1 0.0 0.0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
Tershawn Wharton 2 1 1 0.0 0.0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
Damien Wilson 3 2 1 0.0 0.0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
TEAM 58 43 15 2 18 3 4 6 4 0 1 1

PATRIOTS DEFENSE TOT SOLO ASST SACK YDS INT TFL PD QBH TD FF FR
Ja'Whaun Bentley 6 3 3 0.0 0.0 0 0 1 0 0 0 0
Terrence Brooks 1 1 0 0.0 0.0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
Adam Butler 1 0 1 0.0 0.0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
Shilique Calhoun 1 0 1 0.0 0.0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
Byron Cowart 2 0 2 0.0 0.0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
Kyle Dugger 3 2 1 0.0 0.0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
Stephon Gilmore 3 3 0 0.0 0.0 0 0 0 0 0 1 0
Lawrence Guy 3 3 0 0.0 0.0 0 1 0 0 0 0 0
J.C. Jackson 2 2 0 0.0 0.0 0 0 1 0 0 0 1
Anfernee Jennings 1 0 1 0.0 0.0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
Jonathan Jones 5 4 1 0.0 0.0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
Devin McCourty 2 1 1 0.0 0.0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
Jason McCourty 5 3 2 0.0 0.0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
Adrian Phillips 2 1 1 0.0 0.0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
John Simon 3 3 0 0.0 0.0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
Chase Winovich 4 2 2 1.0 7.0 0 2 0 1 0 0 0
Deatrich Wise Jr. 4 3 1 0.0 0.0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
TEAM 48 31 17 1 7 0 3 2 1 0 1 1

CHIEFS INT INT YDS AVG LG TD
Rashad Fenton 1 31 31.0 31 0
Tyrann Mathieu 1 25 25.0 25 1
Juan Thornhill 1 20 20.0 20 0
TEAM 3 76 25.3 31 1

PATRIOTS INT INT YDS AVG LG TD
TEAM 0 0 0 0 0

CHIEFS KICK RET NO YDS AVG LG TD
TEAM 0 0 0 0 0

PATRIOTS KICK RET NO YDS AVG LG TD
TEAM 0 0 0 0 0

CHIEFS PUNT RET NO YDS AVG LG TD
Tyreek Hill 1 0 0.0 0 0
TEAM 1 0 0.0 0 0

PATRIOTS PUNT RET NO YDS AVG LG TD
Gunner Olszewski 1 12 12.0 12 0
TEAM 1 12 12.0 12 0

CHIEFS KICKING FGA/FGM PCT LONG XP PTS
Harrison Butker 2/2 100.0 39 2 8
TEAM 2/2 100.0 39 2 8

PATRIOTS KICKING FGA/FGM PCT LONG XP PTS
Nick Folk 1/1 100.0 43 1 4
TEAM 1/1 100.0 43 1 4

CHIEFS PUNTING NO YDS AVG TB I20 LG
Tommy Townsend 3 183 61.0 1 1 65
TEAM 3 183 61.0 1 1 65

PATRIOTS PUNTING NO YDS AVG TB I20 LG
Jake Bailey 3 157 52.3 0 3 58
TEAM 3 157 52.3 0 3 58