The Kansas City Chiefs defeated the New England Patriots, 23-16, in Week 14 of the 2019 NFL season.
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It was an erratic display by Patrick Mahomes, who started slowly and never really found his rhythm against a swarming Patriots defense. Mahomes constantly felt pressure, but a lot of that was owed to him drifting out of the pocket and costing his linemen leverage.
As usual, Travis Kelce was the go-to guy for the offense, scoring a touchdown on his lone rushing attempt and maximizing his yardage on underneath routes. But in a sign of the offensive struggles, even his most noteworthy play was a bad one, as he fumbled trying to get additional yards.
Bashaud Breeland wasn’t perfect in coverage, but he made some of the game’s biggest plays. He made a great break on the ball for an interception early in the second quarter, and he knocked down the final pass of the contest to seal the win.
Kansas City’s pass-rush lacked a clear standout, but the group bothered Brady consistently throughout the game and forced several errant throws.
It was a shaky performance from Tom Brady & Co. on offense. The Patriots quarterback missed more throws than we’ve become accustomed to, particularly when pressured, and he appeared to misread the Chiefs' coverage on his lone interception of the day. Brady did make some plays late, including a 17-yard scramble on fourth down to keep New England’s hopes alive, but it ultimately wasn’t enough.
Brady certainly doesn't deserve all the blame for the Patriots' woes on offense, as he continued to get little help from his receiving corps. Jakobi Meyers dropped two passes, including one in the end zone on a drive that ultimately ended in a field goal. New England will hope to get more from rookie wideout N’Keal Harry, who showed his great run-after-the-catch ability on his lone target on a play that should’ve been ruled a touchdown.
It was a good day for the Patriots' defensive backs, with J.C. Jackson catching the eye early and often. He created the first turnover of the game, and it was telling that Patrick Mahomes rarely looked his way after that.
It was an all-action effort from Kyle Van Noy, who was particularly good against the run. The versatile linebacker has stuttered somewhat after his strong start to the year, but there were signs of him being back to his very best today.