The Kansas City Chiefs, talented offensively and defensively but always nearer very good than elite, walked into Gillette Stadium on Thursday night and chased Brady and the Patriots out of Foxborough.
Rookie running back Kareem Hunt tore up the Patriots’ defense for 246 yards from scrimmage, a record for a player on his NFL debut.
Alex Smith, damned with faint praise so often as a “game manager,” completed 28 of 35 passes for four touchdowns, no interceptions and 368 yards.
Smith repeatedly found Tyreek Hill: Hill’s outlandish speed, in turn, was too much for the Patriots’ defense to handle while Hunt was also effective in the passing game.
Unable to pressure Brady up front, Chiefs defensive coordinator Bob Sutton dropped eight men into coverage, slowing a Patriots offense that scored easily on its first drive of the game.
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