The New England Patriots raised their Super Bowl banner and kicked off another NFL season vs the Kansas City Chiefs. On their first drive Tom Brady in his 18th season as an NFL QB took his offense right down the field completing passes to Rex Burkhead, Danny Amendola, Brandin Cooks getting a big 3rd down pick up from James White. Before getting a PI call that got his team down to the one after a holding call on Nate Solder, Mike Gillislee got into the end zone for the first time as a Patriot and his team held a 7-0 lead. Chiefs rookie running back Kareem Hunt getting the workload after an injury to Spencer Ware fumbled on his first play as a pro. On the Patriots next, drive a touchdown pass to Rob Gronkowski was taken back after replay showed he didn’t control it eventually Gillislee was stopped on fourth down by All-Pro safety Eric Berry. Hunt shook off the fumble as he and Alex Smith teamed up to bring the Chiefs down the field ending in Smith hitting Demetrius Jackson for a touchdown tying the game at seven.
Brady once again took his team down the field and got a field goal from Stephen Gostkowski to take the lead. The Patriots behind a Trey Flowers sack held the Chiefs 3 and out. And for the fourth time in as many drives Brady took his offense right down the field and got another touchdown for Gillislee as the Patriots led 17-7. Smith took the Chiefs on a long sustained drive to end the half and after a PI call on Malcolm Butler hit Hunt for another Chiefs TD to make the halftime score 17-14.
After both teams exchanged stops to start the 2nd half Smith threw a long bomb to Tyreke Hill who scored an over 60-yard touchdown for the 6th straight game giving the Chiefs a 21-17 lead. The Patriots were then unable to kick start their offense, then Stephon Gilmore made a big play in the Patriots secondary getting the ball back from the Chiefs with a big pass breakup. Another PI call on the Chiefs gave the Patriots the ball at the goal line where Gillislee completed the hat trick for his 3rd touchdown of the night. After the Patriots defense held the Chiefs to another 3 and out, Brady got his team in field goal range and Gostkowski gave his team a 27-21 lead.
On the first play of the 4th quarter, Smith turned in his 2nd long bomb of the night this time to Hunt who clearly had forgotten about his prior fumble. The Chiefs defense put the clamps down on the Patriots offense once again as the stopped the Patriots on 4th down again, then held them to another three and out before another touchdown from Hunt. Once again the same thing happened the Chiefs stopped the Patriots, and the Chiefs marched right down the field capped by a Hunt TD.
42-27 was the final score as the Patriots will move onto to play Drew Bress and the Saints next week.
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