New England Patriots at Kansas City Chiefs 9/29/14 NFL Score, Recap, News and Notes
Final Score: Chiefs 41, Patriots 14
September 29, 2014
Rounding out the Week 4 festivities on “Monday Night Football” we had a nice-looking matchup between the Patriots and the Chiefs. New England came into this one off a too-close-for-comfort win over the Raiders, while Kansas City took care of business against the Dolphins in Week 3.
Let’s take a closer look at some of the numbers and key players from the game so that we can figure out why things played out the way they did. Afterward, we’ll look ahead to Week 5 to see what’s in store for both teams.
What Happened: Prepare yourself this week to hear all kinds of conversations about how overrated the Patriots are, because they were thoroughly embarrassed at the hands of the Chiefs last night. KC took a front-to-back win, ignited by Jamaal Charles’ 2-yard TD run in the first quarter. That made it 7-0, but the home team was just getting started.
Charles posted another TD on a 5-yard pass from Alex Smith, and Cairo Santos added a field goal to make it a surprising 17-0 at the half.
After the break, Charles struck again on an 8-yard TD pass. Another field goal would make it 27-0 before the Patriots finally found some daylight near the end of the third to cut the lead to 20 on a Brandon LaFell TD pass from Tom Brady.
In the fourth, Travis Kelce kept it going with a 2-yard score, and the Chiefs added another field goal for a 41-7 advantage. A garbage-time TD pass from Jimmy Garoppolo to Rob Gronkowski gave the game a cosmetic 41-14 outcome for a sheer domination from the Chiefs.
As an aside, the home crowd set a new record for noise in an outdoor sports venue. They got it in the first half with 142.2 decibels. Seattle had previously held the record with 137.6 decibels.
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The Stars: You can pick out pretty much any Chiefs player and chances are he had a great game. Smith finished with 248 yards and three touchdowns; Charles had 108 total yards and three scores. Fellow RB Knile Davis managed 119 total yards, while Kelce had 93 on eight grabs with the TD.
The KC defense was absolutely suffocating, forcing three turnovers and returning an interception for a score.
The Goats: New England’s storied offense has some real blemishes this season. The team had just 13 first downs to the Chiefs’ 26, and only 290 total yards to KC’s 443. Brady looked lost behind a porous offensive line, posting a 14-of-23 line for 159 yards, one TD and two picks. The team only got into the red zone once, and that was during garbage time with Garoppolo at the helm.
Injuries: Kansas City WR Donnie Avery left the game due to a strained groin. We’ll have to wait and see how he looks in practice this week. Charles also looked shaken up on one of his touchdowns, but it looks like he’s fine.
Outlook: Looking ahead to Week 5, the Patriots will get another primetime game on Sunday when they host the Bengals (October 5; 8:30 PM ET on NBC).
Meanwhile, the Chiefs will hit the road and head to San Francisco (October 5; 4:25 PM ET on CBS).
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