The first game of the regular season couldn’t have ended in a more exciting fashion. The Kansas City Chiefs shocked pundits and football fans alike as they went into Foxborough and upset the defending champion New England Patriots 42-27.
The Chiefs appeared slow out of the gates, giving up a touchdown on the opening drive that was 9 plays for 73-yards. Rookie running back Kareem Hunt gave the Patriots an opportunity to go up 14-0 after fumbling on the ensuing possession. However, the Kansas City defense remained resilient, stopping New England and forcing a turnover on downs. The Chiefs were able to respond with a touchdown of their own and remained in lockstep with the Patriots for the majority of the game.
A Star is Born
Although Kareem Hunt may have had a less than memorable beginning, the rookie was more than able to make up for it. The amount of production that Hunt was able to create was astounding. The former Toledo running back racked up 148 rushing yards, 98 receiving yards, and three touchdowns in his debut. The 239 scrimmage yards accumulated by Hunt is the most by any player in his NFL debut since the 1970 merger.
Hunt’s ability to forget about the fumble and move forward showcased the quality of his character. He was absolutely worth the hype and then some to Kansas City Chiefs’ fans who were still reeling from the loss of Spencer Ware. Is it safe to say a star was born on Thursday night in Foxborough?
Alex Smith has the game of his life
With the addition of quarterback Patrick Mahomes in the offseason, many fans were excited to see what the kid had in store for them. Although Alex Smith was still the starter, he was being overlooked due to the hype of the new rookie in town. Smith showed that he is not ready to throw in the towel just yet. He had one of the best games of his career against a talented Patriots defense, throwing for 368 yards and 4 touchdowns on 28/35. Thursday night was only the second time he’s had more than three touchdowns and the seventh time he’s eclipsed 300 yards.
The offense as a whole really deserves a round of applause. No team has ever produced more points (42) and offensive yardage (537) against a Bill Belichick-led defense in New England.
The Defense comes alive
The two fourth down stops by the Kansas City defense came at pivotal moments. The first one stopped what could have been a potential 14-0 lead for New England, possibly changing the whole landscape of the game itself. The next stop came in the fourth quarter with the Chiefs leading 28-27. The Chiefs once again stuffed the Patriots on fourth and short and never looked back, scoring two more touchdowns. With momentum squarely on the Chiefs’ side, Justin Houston came up big with three fourth quarter sacks.