It was a normal, opening-season setting. The defending champions were playing a home game on a Thursday night to kick off Week 1 of the NFL season, and they had a team across from them that they expected to dominate. For the New England Patriots, the opening game of the season was set to be somewhat of a victory lap in front of their hometown fans after one of the most amazing comebacks in Super Bowl history unfolded in Houston on the first Sunday in February.
The Chiefs came into town with a solid squad, but were also a solid 10-point underdog in Vegas. Kansas City won the toss, and longtime stud head coach Andy Reid selected to defer to the second half. The Patriots took the opening kickoff and immediately marched it directly down the field, scoring on a short touchdown run and quickly making the game 7-0 just a few minutes in.
Chiefs rookie running back Kareem Hunt fumbled on the squad’s first play from scrimmage, and New England took over deep in Kansas City territory looking to make the score 14-0 just a few minutes in. But they were stopped on a short fourth and one while trying to pound the ball up the middle, and it turned out to be a pivotal point in not only the game – but perhaps the season.
Taking Back the Game
Kansas City begin to put together one impressive drive after another, and quarterback Alex Smith looked as though he was the one who was a sure-fire first-ballot Hall of Famer. The longtime veteran absolutely carved up the Patriots secondary, especially after a knee injury to talented linebacker Don’t’a Hightower forced him out of the action.
The squads traded blows until early in the fourth quarter, when the Chiefs pulled away by way of a huge catch and run over the middle from Hunt and solid defensive play that began to stymie Tom Brady. With New England pinned deep in their own territory and needing two touchdowns and a two-point conversion to send the game to overtime, Kansas City let the dogs loose. Strangely, Brady looked like a helpless leader while being tossed to the ground unceremoniously in front of a stadium full of adoring fans.
It was a shock to the system for New England and head coach Bill Belichick. The 42 points that Kansas City scored tied the highest mark ever given up by the squad with Belichick at the helm. The nearly 600 yards given up on the ground and through the air was also a high-water mark during an era of dominance that has stretched back to the first year of the modern millennium. Obviously, idea that the overwhelming favorites to win this year’s Super Bowl are suddenly yesterday’s news would be a bit of an overreaction. But by the looks on the faces of the many fans at Foxborough Stadium and that on the face of the great Tom Brady, there are some serious reasons for concern.
The Patriots play three of their next five games on the road, and will have a challenge at home on the first day of October when Cam Newton and the Carolina Panthers come to town. There are clearly some issues, and they need to be repaired soon if the Patriots rocket is going to soar into the NFL stratosphere like it usually does.
Tickets to Future Shows
For anyone that wants to follow the Patriots through this season and attend one of the games can find a their teams schedule at TicketProcess.com. Fans can also find and purchase a plethora of tickets available to the public at prices that are easily affordable. Don’t miss out and get your tickets before it’s too late.