Exclusive : Here are 3 Details reasons the Patriots lost to the Kansas City Chiefs…

Exclusive : Here are 3 Details reasons the Patriots lost to the Kansas City Chiefs...

 

The Gillette Stadium crowd had a few things to cheer for on Sunday afternoon.

 

Exclusive : Here are 3 Details reasons the Patriots lost to the Kansas City Chiefs...
It started before the opening kickoff when Jon Bon Jovi rang the bell on top of the lighthouse. Then in the first half, Taylor Swift was put on the big screen – much to the delight of the people in attendance.

Aside from a few good moments in the first half by the Patriots offense, there was little else to cheer for on this day. Bailey Zappe and the Patriots gave the Gillette Stadium faithful some reasons for hope, going into halftime down 14-10, but then the Kansas City Chiefs showed everyone why they’re the defending Super Bowl champions.

Before you knew it, the Patriots were getting blown out at home and any good fortune the Patriots had in last week’s upset win over the Pittsburgh Steelers was over. Zappe couldn’t quite recreate that magic, the Patriots committed too many penalties and the team’s defense could only do so much.

The Patriots fell to 3-11 on Sunday after losing 27-17 to the Chiefs. This marks the first 11-loss season for the Patriots franchise since the 2000 season.

Here’s why the Patriots lost to the Chiefs:

Defense was solid, but Patrick Mahomes was better

The Patriots offense ran a similar script to last week in Pittsburgh. Zappe was red-hot in the first half, but once again, the quarterback cooled in the second half. Unlike last week, the Patriots couldn’t hold on when the offense went cold in the third quarter.

The Patriots offense went three-and-out to start Sunday’s game. Zappe’s group looked much different in the next series, but the Patriots weren’t able to take an early lead due to their kicking woes. Zappe went 7-for-7 on this drive, making decisive reads and quick passes. He hit DeVante Parker for a 20-yard gain and two plays later, connected with Demario Douglas on a 16-yard pass play.

That brought the Patriots to the 12-yard line but they quickly moved backward when Douglas was called for a facemask penalty and then Zappe was sacked. That set up a 41-yard field goal attempt, but Chad Ryland missed the kick at 3:40 of the first quarter.

The Patriots evened the score at 7-7 on their next series. Zappe was once again on target, completing all six of his pass attempts. Hunter Henry was the star of this drive. The tight end hauled in a 15-yard pass on third-and-12 to keep the drive alive. Then on fourth-and-2, the Patriots opted to go for it and Zappe hit Henry for a 16-yard touchdown at 7:14 of the second quarter.

The Patriots had the ball back 12 seconds later after Marte Mapu’s first NFL interception. It looked like Zappe had his second touchdown pass to Henry, but the score was called back due to a holding penalty on Conor McDermott. Ryland hit a 25-yard field goal and the Patriots led, 10-7, at 4:47 of the second quarter.

Zappe completed 17-of-19 passes for 141 yards in the first half but started the third quarter off with a poor throw. His first throw of the second half went right to Chiefs linebacker Willie Gay, who ran the ball back 22 yards to the 7-yard line. It took Kansas City two plays to score and take a 24-10 lead as Patrick Mahomes hit Clyde Edwards-Helaire for a 6-yard touchdown at 9:22 of the third quarter.

The Patriots went into halftime down 17-10, but the Chiefs scored 10 points in the first 1:07 of the third quarter and this game quickly felt out of reach. Zappe’s group didn’t score a point in the third quarter and were outscored 13-0 in that frame by the Chiefs to enter the fourth quarter down, 27-10.

 

Exclusive : Here are 3 Details reasons the Patriots lost to the Kansas City Chiefs...
The offense scored again at 8:24 of the fourth quarter after Jahlani Tavai intercepted Mahomes. Two plays later, Kevin Harris ran in for an 18-yard touchdown and the Patriots trailed, 27-17.

With 2:39 remaining, the offense tried to go for it on fourth-and-4 from their own 7-yard line but Zappe’s pass fell incomplete for a turnover on downs.

The Patriots defense held its own, but Patrick Mahomes proved to be too good on Sunday.

The group bent but didn’t break to open this game. Mahomes’ first pass play on Sunday went for 32 yards to tight end Noah Gray. That put the Chiefs within striking distance, but the Patriots defense held strong, and it paid off. At 9:56 of the first quarter, Chiefs kicker Harrison Butker missed a 39-yard field goal. That marked Butker’s first miss this season.

The defense broke on the next series. It took the Chiefs four plays to travel 69 yards and take a 7-0 lead. Clyde Edwards-Helaire did the most damage as he took a short pass from Mahomes and ran 48 yards downfield. Two plays later, Kansas City ran a trick play with running back Jerick McKinnon throwing a 4-yard touchdown pass to receiver Rashee Rice at 1:30 of the second quarter.

Following a Patriots touchdown, the defense came up with a huge play. At 7:09 of the second quarter, rookie Marte Mapu intercepted Mahomes after ripping the ball away from tight end Blake Bell. That marked the first interception of Mapu’s career and it was a big one, setting up the offense at the 8-yard line. That turned into a Ryland field goal and the Patriots led, 10-7, at 4:47 of the second quarter.

Mahomes hurt the Patriots on third down in the next Chiefs series. On third-and-8, the quarterback hit Justin Watson for a 31-yard gain. Then on third-and-1, Mahomes connected with Rice for 20 yards. Kansas City got another third-down conversion with Edwards-Helaire gaining 2 yards on a third-and-1. Two plays later, Mahomes hit Jerick McKinnon for an 8-yard touchdown and the Chiefs led, 14-10, with 35 seconds left in the first half.

Kansas City opened up the second half with another scoring drive to take a 17-10 lead. Mahome hit Rice for 11 yards and then hit Richie James for a gain of 17 to set up a 29-yard field goal by Butker at 10:29 of the third quarter.

That lead quickly went up to 24-10 following Zappe’s interception and Mahomes’ touchdown pass to Edwards-Helaire at 9:22 of the third quarter. The Chiefs expanded their lead to 27-10 at 3:40 of the third quarter thanks to a 54-yard field goal by Butker.

Jahlani Tavai stepped up when he intercepted Mahomes at 8:24 of the first quarter. The Patriots scored two plays later, off a Kevin Harris 18-yard run, and the Chiefs led 27-16.

Jalen Reagor returned the opening kickoff 46 yards, but the gain was called back to a holding call on Brenden Schooler. Instead of starting at the 49-yard line, the offense’s first drive was at the 13.

In the next offensive drive, Demario Douglas caught a pass that should’ve put the Patriots at the 6-yard line at 6:00 of the first quarter. However, it was negated due to a facemask penalty on Douglas. That pushed the Patriots back 15 yards and led to Ryland missing a 41-yard field goal at 3:40 of the first quarter.

Penalty woes hurt the defense as well.

At 2:58 of the first quarter, Mahomes was flagged for intentional grounding, but the penalty was offset due to a Jonathan Jones illegal contact penalty. On the next play, Clyde Edwards-Helaire took a short pass and ran 48 yards. The Chiefs had their first touchdown two plays later (or three plays after the negated penalty).

Following Mapu’s interception, Zappe made a nice move to avoid the Chiefs pass rush and hit Hunter Henry for a 3-yard touchdown pass at 5:41. Instead, the touchdown was negated due to a Conor McDermott holding penalty.

The trend continued in the second half. At 13:40 of the third quarter, Jonathan Jones forced a fumble on Skyy Moore and Jabrill Peppers recovered the ball. However, that was negated due to an Alex Austin defensive holding penalty. The Chiefs turned that opportunity into a field goal before putting this contest out of reach for the Patriots.