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Kansas City Stuns Patriots In NFL Opener

Kansas City Stuns Patriots In NFL Opener

Tom Brady came out firing on all cylinders last night, starting the game with a nine-play, 73-yard touchdown drive. The Chiefs’ rookie RB Kareem Hunt fumbled the ball on his first carry as an NFL starter and the Patriots had the ball with great field positioning. Things weren’t looking great for the Chiefs and The Pats looked like they hadn’t missed a beat all off-season, then the Chiefs’ defense stepped it up.

Eric Berry was all over Gronk, who finished the game with only 2 catches for 33 yards. Gronks’ would-be lone touchdown was called back on a holding penalty. The Patriots then went for it on 4th down and were stuffed by the KC defense. Alex Smith and the KC offense then took over and had an impressive scoring drive of their own going 90-yards in twelve plays. The score was now 7-7 at the end of the first quarter and we had ourselves a game.

The Chiefs had a little trouble moving the ball for the majority of the first half, but they ended on a high note going 92 yards in 12 plays with a little help from a 20-yard Defensive Pass Interference penalty on Malcolm Butler.  Kareem Hunt ended that drive with a 3-yard pass from Alex Smith for a touchdown and the Chiefs went into the half down 17-14.

The second half started out with back to back punts coming from both teams, but then Tyreek Hill got his hands on the ball and went 75-yards on 1 play from scrimmage to the end zone putting the Chiefs up 21-17. Another couple punts later and the Patriots saw themselves with an opportunity to score after the Chiefs committed a Defensive Pass Interference penalty of their own, which put the ball on their own 1-yard line and followed with Mike Gilislee’s third rushing touchdown of the game.

Remember Kareem Hunt’s fumble? Well, he sure forgot out it after going 78 yards on a deep pass from Alex Smith less than a minute into the 4th quarter. The Chiefs dominated the 4th quarter going on a 21-0 run led by Hunt with two touchdowns and Charcandrick West with a rushing touchdown of his own. What was once a close game, ended in a 42-27 victory for the Chiefs. Kansas City did lose something though; their All-Pro Safety Eric Berry is out for the season with a ruptured Achilles tendon. That is a huge blow for the Chiefs defense, and with Carson Wentz and the Eagles coming up next week they’re going to need all the secondary help they can get. The Patriots and Tom Brady are going to try to turn things around in what looks to be a shootout with Drew Brees and the New Orleans Saints next weekend.

Ray Gonzales

September 8th, 2017

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